Iconic Czech brands that survived competition from the West after the fall of communism
The fall of communism 30 years ago and the transition to a market economy had a major impact on many Czech producers and even the country’s iconic brands. Some of them failed to survive the tough competition they suddenly faced, others adopted a fresh strategy and stayed at the top. Czech Television recently presented a list of the winners, such as the companies Eta, Kofola or Botas.
The washing-up liquid Jar also goes back to the communist days. It was named after the company directors Janeček a Ranný and was the sole washing-up liquid on the market under communism. In 1991 the company was acquired by Procter and Gamble, but the production of the iconic Jar remains in the town of Rakovník.
Another success story is that of the Remoska an electric mini-oven with the cooking element housed in the lid which originated in Czechoslovakia. The first Remoska prototypes were made in 1953–1955. Remoska cookers were produced between 1957–1990 at a Karma factory in Kostelec nad Černými lesy. In 1994 the production facility was sold and production then moved to Frenštát pod Radhoštěm. The Remoska gained popularity in Great Britain and Poland and in 2002 the mini-oven started selling in Canada, the USA and Australia.