Weet-Bix has been a family favourite in Australia throughout the decades. Check out how our Aussie icon has moved through history to become Australia's favourite breakfast cereal.
Weet-Bix becomes part of Australia’s breakfast history, bringing a new, budget-friendly health biscuit to the family breakfast table. Original deliveries to grocers are made using a horse and cart (pictured right).
In 1929 the stock market crashes, marking the start of The Great Depression.
The Australian economy continues to struggle. By 1932, almost 1 in 3 Australians are out of work. Sanitarium offer a series of gifts including linen and cookware, claimed using coupons found inside Weet-Bix packets.
The original Weet-Bix kid Don Bradman lifts the country’s spirits, scoring a record 452 not out in one cricket innings. Another Aussie icon The Sydney Harbour Bridge, affectionately known as the 'Coat Hanger', opens in 1932.
Australians are called to service during World War II. Over 30,000 servicemen are taken prisoner and 39,000 give their lives. Soldiers serving on the front-lines in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific are sent Weet-Bix.
The first collector’s cards are introduced in Weet-Bix packets. Vintage card sets are still traded on e-bay today.
Sir Edmund Hillary eats Weet-Bix for breakfast during his climb of Mt Everest. Sir Edmund was the first climber to reach the summit.
Weet-Bix inspires the youth of the day with an “Amazing Wonders” card series, capturing both manmade and natural wonders on pictures plates placed inside every Weet-Bix packet. Collector albums are purchased from grocers for 6 pence (5 cents).
Weet-Bix’s first television commercial titled 'Magician' appears in 1961, made by Avondale Studios for 103 pounds.
Young Australians are encouraged to add hot milk to their Weet-Bix to provide them with "vim and vigour" every morning. Two biscuits cost less than 2 pence (2 cents).
Australian currency is changed to dollars and cents, replacing the pound. Man walks on the moon.
Weet-Bix runs a “Timeless Japan” promotion with Japanese themed prizes, including the very popular Rank Arena brand colour TV. Weet-Bix collector card series included “Backyard Wildlife”, “Super Cars”,” and “Sporting Feats”.
The Sydney Opera House is opened, Darwin is devastated by Cyclone Tracy and Advance Australia Fair becomes our official national anthem.
In 1985 the ‘Aussie Kids are Weet-Bix Kids’ jingle is created and continues to be used 25 years later. Weet-Bix packets are transformed from pink to white and the Weet-Bix red and blue logo is born.
Australia celebrates following our win of the America’s Cup Yacht Race.
Two young cricket playing brothers Shane and Brett Lee officially become part of the Weet-Bix family. Today Brett Lee is Australia’s champion fast bowler, delivering balls at speeds of over 160km / hr.
With Weet-Bix as their official cereal, Australia wins the Ashes from 1989 – 2003. Weet-Bix remains Australia’s favourite breakfast.
Weet-Bix remains great value at only 9c per Bix.
The Australian Institute of Sport selects Weet-Bix as an official cereal for its athletes and Weet-Bix powers the QANTAS Socceroos to the 3rd round of the 2006 World Cup.
Weet-Bix invites Australians to choose their side - Ford or Holden - in its V8 Supercars promotion.
Enough Weet-Bix was made to fill a soccer field to the depth of 18 metres. Weet-Bix invites Australia to join us for a breakfast to farewell the Socceroos as they head off to South Africa to compete in their second World Cup.
Weet-Bix Kids Tim Cahill and Brett Lee save Australia from asteroid attack!
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