Clada opened on Friday 13th 1962 at its original premises in Waterlane, Bohermore, Galway. Unlucky for some, the Friday 13th opening proved very lucky for brothers Michael, Paul and Tom Owens from Menlough, Ballinasloe, who established the company. At the time, there were five other bottling companies in Galway city, but today Clada Mineral Water Co. Ltd. is the sole bottling company in the West of Ireland.
The initial business focus was the sourcing, bottling and distribution of carbonated soft drinks but grew over the years to include the importation and distribution of fruit and vegetables from around the world. Clada were known throughout the West of Ireland as the 'Fruit and Drinks People'.
In the mid 70's, Clada made a move to a green field site on the Headford Road, Galway where the company is currently based. The initial site has continued to grow substantially over the year and now incorporates a 100,000 sq.ft. production and distribution facility, second to none.