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Grapette is a grape-flavored soft drink that was first produced and marketed in 1939 by Benjamin "Tyndle" Fooks. Grapette is now produced by Grapette International, and is marketed in the United States by Wal-Mart as part of its Sam’s Choice line of soft drinks.

Development

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Grapette was developed by Benjamin "Tyndle" Fooks when, while working as a traveling salesman selling a product known as "Fooks Flavors", he noticed the popularity of his grape flavor. From this, Fooks, dissatisfied with existing grape a12119_grapette_03sodas on the market, sought to develop a grape soda that tasted the way he believed that a grape soda should taste. Over the course of two years and tens of thousands of taste tests, by 1939, he had developed a flavor that he believed was superior to all other grape sodas available at the time.

To name the drink, Fooks turned to Hubert Owen. Owen and an assistant ran a local contest to come up with a name, but this failed to produce a suitable name. Owen then traveled to Washington, D.C. in 1939 to search the trademark files of the United States Patent Office for a suitable name. Here, it was found that a man named Rube Goldstein owned a trademark for the name "Grapette", "Orangette", and "Lemonette". Further research determined that Goldstein owned a small bottling firm that produced a drink that used one of Fooks’ grape flavors, called "Tiny", which it distributed in Virginia and North Carolina, marketed in a six-ounce bottle. Goldstein, however, had never used the a12119_grapette_04Grapette, Orangette, or Lemonette names. In March 1940, Fooks and Owen traveled to Chicago, Illinois to meet with Goldstein. There, they purchased the Grapette, Orangette, and Lemonette names for $500.

Grapette’s first-year sales were quite promising. This was due to Grapette’s flavor, as well as Grapette’s unique packaging. Most soft drinks at the time were sold in twelve-ounce bottles. Grapette was sold in a six-ounce clear glass bottle, which served to show off the beverage’s purple color. With the success in sales, marketing of Grapette was expanded to much of the United States, and the slogan "Thirsty or Not" was developed for use in advertising. In addition, other flavors were developed, such as Orangette, an orange-flavored soda that used a considerable amount of real orange juice, and Lemonette, which contained a large amount of real lemon juice.

Early marketing

In the spring of 1940, Fooks began marketing his soda in Camden, Arkansas under the name "Grapette"

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When World War II began, Fooks dropped many of his other brands, such as Botl-O and Sunburst, in order to focus on Grapette. Sales of Grapette continued to soar during the war, despite restrictions and material shortages. Sugar, which was subject to wartime rationing, was obtained by adding water to granulated sugar, thus liquefying it, enabling it to be sold as syrup, which was not subject to rationing.

a12119_grapette_06In 1942, R. Paul May, an Arkansas oil tycoon, persuaded Fooks to allow him to market Grapette in Latin America, citing a lack of soft drink options in the area. May was able to build a good reputation for Grapette in Guatemala, selling not only Grapette, but also Orangette and Lemonette. These brands soon became market leaders. In 1962, the export division of Grapette was reorganized into a separate company, known as Grapette International.

In 1962, Grapette introduced a line of cola drinks to compete with Coca-Cola under the name of "Mr. Cola". The drink was popular in large part because of its sixteen-ounce bottle. Mr. Cola was also available in ten and twelve-ounce sizes. In 1963, "Lymette" was added to Grapette’s family of brands. Lymette, however, never achieved the commercial success of the other brands.

Decline and retirement

a12119_grapette_07By the 1960s, Fooks believed that he had reached his limit with Grapette, and was ready to move on. By the end of the decade, Fooks had begun talks with groups interested in purchasing Grapette. Fooks ultimately sold Grapette to the Rheingold Corporation in 1970, which marketed the Rheingold, Ruppert-Knickerbocker, and Gablinger’s lines of beers, as well as several regional brands of soft drinks in California, New Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Rheingold changed the name of the company from Grapette to Flavette, and relocated the company headquarters to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Grapette’s bottle was changed to one with smooth sides and colored dots. The slogan became "The Juicy Soda". Grapette’s advertising model also changed. Previously, advertising was funded by a surcharge on sugar, which was to be spent by the distributor for advertising only. This plan was dropped by Rheingold, placing advertising solely in the hands of Grapette’s distributors, resulting in an immediate drop in sales. During this period, Flavette purchased the Dr. Wells soda pop brand and Mason & Mason, Inc., the makers of Mason’s Root Beer.

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In 1975, Rheingold was purchased by PepsiCo, Inc. in a hostile takeover, acquiring 80% of the company’s stock. However, the Federal Trade Commission determined that PepsiCo controlled too many soft drink companies, and thus ordered that PepsiCo divest several prominent brands. When the divestiture was complete in 1977, Grapette was in the hands of The Monarch Beverage Company, which manufactured NuGrape. As Monarch already manufactured a grape soda, it was determined that they did not need a second. Representatives from Monarch flew to Grapette’s headquarters and essentially fired the Grapette team. As such, the Grapette name was shelved, and the flavor was retired in the United States.

a12119_grapette_10Despite the brand’s retirement in the United States, May retained ownership of Grapette International, and Grapette was still produced internationally, remaining a popular drink. When May died in the early 1970s, control of Grapette International was passed on to May’s son-in-law, Brooks Rice.

In the United States, Grapette may have been gone, but it certainly had not been forgotten. Rice had made many offers to buy the American rights to Grapette back from Monarch, but regardless of the amount of money offered, Monarch refused to sell the name. Despite this setback, Rice continued to grow Grapette’s market share elsewhere in the world, with sales in the tens of millions in countries in South America and the Pacific Rim.

Wal-Mart

Rice had profited by becoming an early investor in a business called Wal-Mart, founded by Sam Walton. Over time, as Wal-Mart grew into a household name, Rice began thinking of ways to partner with Wal-Mart. In 1986, Rice was able to meet with Sam Walton, in order to discuss creating a line of private label soft drinks for Wal-Mart. He was specifically interested in making a grape soda for Wal-Mart. Walton did not waste words in telling Rice what he wanted: "I want Grapette in my stores." While Rice did not have the American rights to the Grapette name, he was able to offer Grapette’s flavor, and also promised that if he was able to reacquire the rights for the Grapette name, Wal-Mart could have it.

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Ozark Farms

In 1989, nearly three years after the initial meeting, Grapette International began producing a line of soft drinks for Wal-Mart under the Ozark Farms name. The flavors available were cola, lemon-lime, grape, and orange. Each flavor used Fooks’ original formulas. Thus Grapette had returned to American shelves, albeit under a new name. However, sales were disappointing, and the Ozark Farms line of soft drinks was discontinued.

Sam’s Choice

When Sam Walton died in 1992, Wal-Mart CEO David Glass felt it would be a fitting tribute to Walton to rename Wal-Mart’s private label as "Sam’s Choice". In 1993, Rice again began manufacturing soft drinks for Wal-Mart, this time under the Sam’s Choice brand. Wal-Mart was given exclusive rights to the flavors in the United States. Grapette was relaunched at this time as well, under the name "Sam’s Choice Grape". Sam’s Choice Grape soon became one of the best-selling grape sodas in the nation, seemingly proving Rice’s claim that the flavor was what had made Grapette so a12119_grapette_09popular, and not the drink’s famous name.

Revival of Grapette name

In 2000, Rice walked into the Wal-Mart Home Office in Bentonville, Arkansas, in order to personally deliver the news to David Glass: Monarch was finally selling the Grapette name. Rice told Glass, "This is a tribute to you and Sam for having the vision on this product."

By late 2004, the Grapette and Orangette names (and original logotypes) had been incorporated into the Sam’s Choice line of soft drinks, and had completely replaced the Sam’s Choice Grape and Sam’s Choice Orange brands in Wal-Mart stores.

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Sidral Mundet is a Mexican apple-flavored carbonated soft drink produced by FEMSA S.A de C.V and distributed in the United States by the Novamex company, which also distributes the Jarritos and Sangria Señorial soda brands.

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History

Sidral Mundet was first bottled in 1902 by Don Arturo Mundet, who produced the cider-flavored beverage. Basing Sidral Mundet on the "limonada" or "gaseosa" drinks that were popular in Mexico at the turn of the 20th Century, he utilized the pasteurization technique to keep the drink sterile in the bottling process. The drink has been renowned in Mexico for its nourishing and hydrating abilities and has sometimes been used as a home remedy for stomach aches.

In 1988, Sidral Mundet was introduced to the US through Novamex and has since become a popular soft drink in the Hispanic American market.

Varieties

Sidral Mundet is available in three flavors: red apple, green apple and yellow apple.

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Fanta – The Humble Beginnings Of  A Worldwide Phenomenon

456_fanta_03There have been all kinds of stories about Fanta’s creation in Nazi Germany during WWII. Some of what has been said is true— a great deal is fiction.

Prior to the breakout of the war, Germany was the location of The Coca-Cola Company’s greatest overseas success. Records for sales were set year after year. By 1939, there were 43 bottling plants and more than 600 local distributors.

The German branch of The Coca-Cola Company had been run by an American-born man by the name of Ray Powers. He was killed in a car accident in 1938 and was replaced by the German-born Max Keith. As the new CEO, Keith was entrusted with all the operations for The Coca-Cola Company in all the occupied countries.

During the war, Keith was able to maintain a degree of contact with the Atlanta-based headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company via Switzerland. But by 1941 he was no longer able to receive Coca-Cola syrup, and was therefore unable to continue to manufacture Coca-Cola.

456_fanta_01Keith’s solution to the ingredient shortage was to invent a new drink. It was made from what was available at the time, namely things left over from other food industries. There was whey, which was a byproduct of cheese production and apple fiber left over from cider presses. A variety of other fruit byproducts were added depending on what was available at the time. This led to the many variations in flavor that later became the different marketed flavors of Fanta. This new soft drink was sweetened with beet sugar. As CEO, Keith held a contest to name his new creation. He instructed his employees to let their “Fantasie”—German for “imaginations”—run wild. A salesman, Joe Knipp immediately blurted out “Fanta”!

456_fanta_06The new soft drink was not only successful enough to keep the bottling plants open and the people employed for the duration of the war, but enabled Fanta to become a soft drink favorite in Europe. In 1943 there were 3 million cases of Fanta sold in Germany and the occupied countries. Evidently, not all of that quantity was purchased to drink as a refreshing soft drink, but may have been used to flavor soups and stews, due to sugar rationing.

456_fanta_04Max Keith was not a Nazi, and never became one, as has been rumored. Although he suffered hardships as a result of his decision, he never gave into pressure to join the Nazi Party. With the success of Fanta, Keith was able to safeguard The Coca-Cola Company’s interests in Europe until after the war, when they were able to re-establish drink production almost immediately.

The Coca-Cola Company acquired the rights to Fanta in 1960. Today, Fanta is sold in the highest volume in Brazil, Germany, Spain, Japan, Italy and Argentina. Fanta was originally created in an orange flavor that now accounts for 70% of all Fanta sales.

 

Fanta is sold in 188 countries and is available in 70 flavors, although some flavors are only available in the country where they are manufactured. Fanta is the number one soft drink in Thailand, and a new flavor was just launched in Japan—Fanta Japanese Melon.

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Dr. Brown’s is a brand of soft drink made by J&R Bottling. It is a popular brand in the New York City region and in South Florida, but it can also be found in Jewish delicatessens and upscale supermarkets around the United States.

493_dr_brown_03Dr. Brown’s dates back to 1869 when their famous Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda was commonly sold in New York delicatessens. This soda was originally developed by a doctor who treated immigrant children in NY. The seltzer that helped these children contained celery seeds and sugar. Dr. Brown’s has been sold as a bottled soda since 1886.

In the early 1930s, before Coca-Cola received kosher certification, many Jewish people drank Cel-Ray soda as well as the other flavored soda that had been created by Dr. Brown. In the last 25 years, the cans were redesigned by Herb Lubalin. Each of the six Dr. Brown’s flavors is packaged with a New York vignette taken from old prints, to emphasize the brand’s origins in old-time New York.

Logo_Redesign_Birdhouse_Skateboards_FIn 2013 J&R Bottling transferred the bottling rights to LA Bottleworks Inc. The bottling of the product will continue to be produced at the same facility.

Dr. Brown’s soda is typically sold in 12-ounce cans and in one-liter and plastic bottles as well as two-liters in Black Cherry, Cream, and Root Beer flavors. Dr. Brown’s soda is also available in a 6 pack of 12 ounce glass bottles.

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A 1961 Coca-Cola commercial featuring some hyperactive people dancing. The commercial features a catchy jingle: "Coca-Cola Gives You That Refreshing New Feeling".

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How soon is too soon?

Not soon enough. Laboratories tests over the last few years have proven that babies who start drinking soda during the early formative period have much higher chance of gaining acceptance and “fitting in” during those awkward pre-teen and teen years. So, do yourself a favour. Do your child a favour. Start them on a strict regimen of soda and other sugary carbonated beverages right now. For a lifetime of guaranteed happiness – Ad for The Soda Pop Board of America

Playing on mum’s insecurity and fright at the thought of their kids not going to fit in must have seemed an easy way to get the kids hooked on soda and sugar for a lifetime to any heartless mad man. But honestly, the crap about laboratory tests was pushing it a bit to far even back then – Ted

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457_chero_cola_05The year was 1905 in Columbus, Georgia. The Hatcher Grocery Co, a family wholesale grocery business, purchased bottled drinks from a local bottler and resold them to its customers. Mr. Hatcher requested commission or compensation for handling the drinks and a dispute arose because of this from the bottler. Mr. Hatcher then came to a conclusion to buy no more cases from outside and produce and bottle his own drinks under his own labels.

A young graduate pharmacist, Claud A. Hatcher began by creating his own soft drinks in the basement of his grocery business. Originally called the Union Bottling Works, the first line of beverages was named Royal Crown, a ginger ale and the first cola was called Chero-Cola. Also produced were Royal Crown Ginger Ale and Royal Crown Strawberry. It remained Union Bottling Works until the name changed to Chero-Cola Co, and expansion led to a decision to incorporate the 457_chero_cola_04company. A charter was granted by Judge S. Price Gilbert in Muscogee County Superior Court of Columbus in 1912. Chero-Cola was to manufacture a line of syrups and concentrates to be sold to franchised bottlers under trademarks owned by Chero-Cola Co. Following years showed steady growth in sales, profits and company assets.

An application filed in April of 1914 to register the Chero-Cola trademark instituted a law suit by Coca-Cola that lasted years. In fact, litigation continued in one form or another until 1944 when it was won, setting for all times the right to use the word "cola" in the name of its beverages.

457_chero_cola_03Then came WWI and the Food Administration’s limitations on sugar usage. In response to this, Chero-Cola Co established and operated its own sugar refinery, using raw sugar it purchased from Cuba, operating for about three years. The sugar the refinery furnished did not meet the full needs of the company and was supplemented by the purchase of refined sugar. After filling to capacity every company warehouse in Columbus, the price of sugar dropped to a low of eight cents a pound in December of 1920.

To compensate, common stock was sold to raise capital during the years 1922-1924, however it was not until 1926 that the debts were finally settled. It was the company’s continuous growth prior to the sugar shortage and  depression that generated confidence in the business and its management, enabling the financing which enabled it to survive. Some other bottling companies were not as lucky.

During this time, Chero-Cola Co made a basic change in its manufacturing that has continued to the present day. Before, products were made and shipped as bottling syrup, with all the ingredients, including sugar, already added. The bottler had to only add water and carbonation. Now Its products shipped as concentrates, requiring the bottler to add sugar and water to the concentrate. One gallon of concentrate made 26 gallons of soft drink syrup resulting in savings of both container and freight costs, and giving the beverage a fresher taste.

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When franchising bottling plants began in 1912, the first plants were in the southeast, with additions of about 25 new bottlers each year prior to WWI. The war and economy halted further efforts to expand. As from the beginning, the company, seeking to establish bottlers on a sound and permanent basis, had never been willing to grant a franchise or sell it products to just any bottler willing to accept them. Even so, by the end of 1921, there were over 200 plants in the organization and by 1925, there were 315 plants in 14 southern states.  During 1926 and 1927, additional plants were added, bringing the total to 463.

In 1924, Claud Hatcher overheard a route salesman enter the plant one day457_chero_cola_02 and describe a competitors tall bottle as being "knee-high." This phrase, to the receptive mind of Claud Hatcher, became Nehi, beginning the line of fruit favours which became so successful that in 1928 the company changed its name for the second time, from Chero-Cola Co. to the Nehi Corporation.

The Nehi Corp. was listed on the New York Curb Exchange. The company’s second major crisis occurred–the stock market crash of October 1929. Sales of  Nehi Corp. dropped one million dollars in 1930 from a previous year’s high of $3.7 million. Sales continued  downward until the bottom was reached in 1932, the only year in which the company had ever lost money. In the years following, expansion was made in the areas where there was no distribution and  its smaller unprofitable plants were consolidated, creating a stronger organization.

By December 31, 1933, the business was just beginning to stabilize when another tragedy struck, Claud A. Hatcher died suddenly.

457_chero_cola_01When H. R. Mott took office in 1934, having been with the company since 1920 and  vice-president of the Nehi Corp for several years, he was welcomed by a great amount of debt. His wish was to make the company debt free as quickly as possible, and keep it that way, by streamlining operations, obtaining credit extensions, and cutting expenses. A year later, he had achieved his goal.

During this year, Mott felt the company needed an improved cola product, and called the company chemist, Rufus Kamm, to make one. Six months later, a new cola concentrate was sent for selective market testing. It was successful and given the brand name of Hatcher’s original ginger ale, Royal Crown. A Nehi bottler named Grubb from Dothan, Alabama was one of the first to bottle the new Royal Crown Cola, later abbreviated to "RC".

By 1940, when H.R. Mott moved up to Chairman of the Board and relinquished the Presidency of Nehi Corp to C.C. Colbert, the company was profitable and growing fast. 1940 was also the year that Nehi stock was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, with the company’s products available in 47 of the 48 states.. C.C. Colbert served as president of the company from 1940 to 1955, during which time he directed the company in its most rapid expansion of sales and profits to date.

457_chero_cola_08During the years of World War II, the Nehi Corporation and its bottlers were again limited in their growth. But in 1946, Nehi Corp accelerated tremendously, enhancing its advertising by using entertainment celebrities. Bing Crosby, Joan Crawford (before inheriting Pepsi), Bob Hope, Linda Darnell, Joan Caulfield, Barbara Stanwyk, Rita Hayworth, Dorothy Lamour, Ann Sheridan, Gary Cooper, Lauren Bacall, June Haver, Claudette Colbert,  Mary Martin, Veronica Lake, Jeanette MacDonald, Paulette Goddard, Lisabeth Scott (who also did a Pepsi ad) in the 40’s and Art Linkletter in the 60’s. Robert Ripley was on the air for Royal Crown Cola every Friday evening on CBS. The "Saturday Evening Post" and "Good Housekeeping" carried color advertisements for Royal Crown Cola. In 1947, Hedy Lamarr was pictured in point of purchase signs.

Mr. Colbert was succeeded as president in 1955 by Wilbur H. Glenn, who remained president of the company until April, 1965. The Nehi Corp also underwent its third name change to Royal Crown Cola Co. And its history carries on. Royal Crown Cola, Nehi and a later product, Diet Rite Cola, are still bottled today. But it is the early years that hold the attraction for the collector of soda memorabilia.

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458_bludwine_02Bludwine originated in Watkinsville, GA around 1906. It was a fruit and grain based beverage intended as a temperance drink or alternative to alcohol. Early sales were phenomenal and the inventor decided to move to the metropolis of Athens, GA and promote his new beverage across the South.

Dozens 458_bludwine_04of bottlers were bottling Bludwine by 1910, almost all in the distinctive hourglass-shaped bottle designed by the inventor and patented in 1918 and again in 1921. By the 1920’s Bludwine was bottled as far west as Pasadena, CA and North to Canada.

458_bludwine_01Federal food regulators required elimination of the name Bludwine in the early ’20’s and the beverage became  Budwine. Budwine was bottled over a wide area for many years but eventually declined until recent years when the only bottler was Athens, GA. The company closed around 1995.

 

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I’m afraid I have been neglecting to update the list of the sodas featured on the Softdrink Project for some considerable time.

This deplorable fact has now been put right and the list is up to date again. I apologise for this lack of webmaster ship and order – Ted

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The business was started back in 1895 by a fellow by the name of G.G. Ristey.  Some say he was a pharmacist who developed the concoction for his own soda fountain-others say he was just an entrepreneur with a great idea.  It didn’t take long for it to catch on with the locals and soon the soda was in great demand.
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The formula for spring Grove Pop has remained basically the same since the business was founded.  Flavour concentrates are mixed with pure cane sugar and water to produce a delightfully sweet and refreshing soft drink. In the early years the soda was bottled in returnable glass bottles.  But by the 1980’s most sodas were bottled in plastic and aluminium cans so people were not accustomed to bringing back the returnable bottles.  Therefore there was an acute shortage of returnable bottles.  Since returnable bottles were cost prohibitive to purchase new the owners at the time purchased the necessary equipment to bottle in non-returnable glass bottles.  It is the same equipment still used today.

Currently Spring Grove Soda can be found in SE Minnesota, NE Iowa, and SW Wisconsin. The distribution is about a 100 mile radius of Spring Grove.

1174902_sg3Myths & Legends
Myth:  If you get a Spring Grove Soda with a wrinkle in the label you will have good luck all day…
Fact:  It is more fun to tell people this than to explain that we have a temperamental label machine. 

Myth: Spring Grove Cream Soda has been known to cure cancer…
Fact:  It probably doesn’t cure cancer, however, we did have a loyal consumer who swore it made her feel better after treatment.

1174902_sg4Myth: Spring Grove Lemon Sour cures a hangover…
Fact:  Curing a hangover isn’t that easy, but one loyal consumer says it does the trick for him.

Myth:  The secret recipe for the soda pop is in the vault at Fort Knox
Fact:  It maybe should be, but then how would we know how to make it?  

Myth:  Back in the 60’s Coca Cola tried to buy the recipe for Spring Grove Soda’s Strawberry flavoured soft drink for a million dollars and the owners wouldn’t sell!
Fact:  It was all a dream…time to wake up JR!

Myth:  Every bottle of Spring Grove Soda is made with at least 3 pairs of Norwegian hands…
Fact:  Two sets of Norwegian hands and one set of 1/2 Norwegian 1/2 German hands.

Myth:  Guaranteed to reduce wrinkles…
Fact:  One drink will take you back to your childhood and make you feel young again!

Why does it say “Thanks Ove” on the 6 pack? 
The truck on the 6 pack baskets is a local truck belonging to the Ove Fossum Jr. family.  Ove was kind enough to let us use a picture of his truck for this purpose.

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1174900_kick1Kickapoo Joy Juice is a citrus-flavoured soft drink brand owned by The Monarch Beverage Company. The name was originally introduced in Li’l Abner, a comic strip that ran from 1934 through 1977. Although L’il Abner‘s Kickapoo Joy Juice was an alcoholic drink, the real world beverage is a lightly carbonated soda pop.

Li’l Abner
The name, “Kickapoo Joy Juice”, was originally coined as a “volatile brew” in Li’l Abner, an American comic strip. Al Capp, the cartoonist, described the drink as “a liquor of such stupefying potency that the hardiest citizens of Dogpatch, after the first burning sip, rose into the air, stiff as frozen codfish”. The concoction was brewed by Lonesome Polecat and Hairless Joe, two of the comic strip’s backwood poachers. Capp asserted in 1965 that the cartoon “never has suggested that the drink is moonshine”, in response to claims that the Kickapoo Joy Juice of L’il Abner was an illicitly distilled liquor.

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The real world drink was introduced in 1965 under NuGrape, a former brand of The Monarch Beverage Company. That year, 1174900_kick2Nugrape worked out a deal with Al Capp, the owner of the “Kickapoo Joy Juice” rights, to produce the beverage as a carbonated soft drink. Capp, however, would have the last word on all advertising and promotion. Kickapoo Joy Juice’s early advertising campaign was very similar to Mountain Dew’s of the time – using characters from L’il Abner to create and market a hillbilly feeling. Although the product is currently distributed largely in Asian markets (Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Bangladesh), the can still comes decorated with a vintage L’il Abner drawing.

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1174899_blu1Bluna is an orange soft drink produced by the German Mineralbrunnen Überkingen-Teinach AG, the same company, which produces the better-known Afri-Cola, since 1994.

In 1952, the company F. Blumhoffer Nachfolger GmbH started to produce Bluna. It became a hit among consumers. In 1965, it also started being sold in cans.

Today, Bluna is sold in four flavors: orange (the original flavor), lime, lemon, and mandarin orange. It is sold in both 1- or 2-Liter bottles in stores and smaller 0.33-Liter bottles for restaurants.

Advertisement slogans for Bluna like "Sind wir nicht alle ein bisschen Bluna?" ("Are we not all a bit Bluna?") and "Wie Bluna bist Du?" ("How Bluna are you?") have been very successful and the former has found its way into everyday language as shown by it being mentioned on several different internet forums and blogs.

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117411_lim1Limca is a lemon and lime flavoured carbonated soft drink made primarily in India and certain parts of the U.S.

In an interview in 2008, Ramesh Chauhan of Parle revealed that he had approached the owners of Duke’s Lemonade, requesting them to share the formula for the drink with the promise not to market it in India, which was turned down. Chauhan decided to come up with his own formula, which he launched under the Limca brand in 1977.

In 1992, when the Indian government allowed Coca-Cola to return for operations, at the same time as it admitted Pepsi for the first time, Coca-Cola bought local soft-drink (soda) brands, from Parle Agro owner Mr Ramesh Chauhan including Limca, Thums Up (a cola-like drink), Maaza (a mango-juice based drink), Citra and Gold Spot (Orange flavour).

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117411_lim2Like most other sodas, Limca is generally sold in glass bottles within India, which are returned to the store or restaurant after the contents have been consumed. The bottles are sent back to the manufacturer, washed and reused, because the bottles are more expensive than the drink itself, and selling the drink in tin cans and plastic bottles steps up its market price. However, the drink is also sold in tin-cans and plastic bottles.

Prior to 1988 the original formula of Limca contained Brominated vegetable oil (BVO). After world wide reports of ill effects of BVO – the use of BVA in soft drinks was banned in India. As a result of this ban – the formula for Limca was changed and BVO was removed from the concentrate for Limca.

Limca is marketed in 200 ml and 300 ml glass bottles with national maximum-retail prices of 8 Indian Rupees (INR) and 11 INR, respectively; 330 ml cans priced at 18 INR, 600 ml plastic bottles priced at 25 INR, 1.5 liter "Family Pack" plastic bottles at 45 INR, and 2 liter "Party Pack" plastic bottles priced at 55 INR. In certain establishments such as cinema-halls, snack-bars, and bakeries, Limca is available from soda-fountains, in 350 ml paper glasses (tumblers). Prices of fountain Limca vary.

Limca also publishes the Limca Book of Records, a record book similar to the Guinness Book of Records, started originally by Mr Ramesh Chauhan. The Limca Book of Records details feats, records and other unique statistics from an Indian perspective.

One of Limca’s original and very popular taglines was "Limca. It’s veri veri Lime & Lemoni." In India reigning top Hindi film actress and actors are generally chosen as brand-ambassadors for the product.

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117410_ting2Ting is a carbonated beverage popular in the Caribbean. It is flavoured with Jamaican grapefruit juice (from concentrate), and is both tart and sweet. Ting comes in a green glass bottle, or more rarely in a green and yellow can. Like Orangina, the beverage contains a small amount of sediment consisting of grapefruit juice pulp. Ting is produced in the United Kingdom under license by Cott Beverages jamaicating.com/. Ting also now makes Pink Ting Soda, Diet Ting Soda, and Ginger Beer.

History
Ting was first produced in 1976 by Desnoes & Geddes Limited. Desnoes & Geddes Limited was acquired by Guinness in 1993 with a 51% share. With Desnoes and Geddes moving to focus on beer alone, its soft drink facility in Jamaica was acquired in 1999 by PepsiCo affiliate Pepsi-Cola Jamaica, located in Kingston, Jamaica. Ting is distributed throughout the Caribbean, the United States, and Canada. Outside these regions it is not commonly available, although it is also produced in the UK using Jamaican grapefruits, and is widely available at Tesco.

Ting has also been known to be mixed with citrus vodka to create Ving, an alcoholic version of the drink. On St. Kitts, it is frequently mixed with rum for the local favorite "Ting ‘n Sting". It has now become a popular mixer in addition to its success as a non-alcoholic beverage. A Ting and a patty is a very popular Jamaican snack.

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117409_u10_2Upper 10 is a caffeinated lemon-lime soft drink, similar to Sprite, 7 Up, Sierra Mist, and Bubble Up. It was bottled by RC Cola.

The Upper 10 brand debuted in 1933 as a product of the Nehi Corporation (later Royal Crown Corporation). Upper 10 was one of RC Cola’s flagship brands throughout the company’s history. However, with the acquisition of RC Cola by Cadbury Schweppes plc in 2000 and subsequent folding of company operations into Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., bottlers have gradually discontinued bottling Upper 10 in favor of the similar, more popular and non-caffeinated 7 Up (which is also owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group).

Upper 10 is still sold outside of North America by Cott Beverages, the same company that sells RC Cola internationally.

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Vernors Ginger Soda is America’s oldest surviving soft drink. It was created in 1866 by James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist.

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History
Although Vernors is the oldest surviving ginger soda sold in the United States, there were a number of brands of ginger ale, ginger soda, and ginger beer sold in commerce prior to 1866.

117408_vgs6According to company legend, prior to the start of the American Civil War, while a clerk at the Higby & Sterns drugstore in Detroit, James Vernor experimented with flavors in an attempt to duplicate a popular ginger ale imported from Dublin, Ireland. When Vernor was called off to serve in the war, he stored the syrup base of 19 ingredients, including ginger, vanilla and other natural flavorings, in an oak cask. Vernor joined the 4th Michigan Cavalry on 14 August 1862 as a hospital steward, was promoted to second lieutenant on 20 September 1864, and was discharged on 1 July 1865. After returning from battle four years later, he opened the keg and found the drink inside had been changed by the aging process in the wood. It was like nothing else he had ever tasted, and he purportedly declared it "Deliciously different," which remains the drink’s motto to this day. In a 1936 interview, however, his son, James Vernor Jr., suggested that the formula was not developed until after the war. This was confirmed in a 1962 interview with former company president, James Vernor Davis.

Vernor opened a drugstore of his own on Woodward Avenue, at the corner of Clifford Street and sold his ginger soda at its soda fountain. According to the 1911 trademark application on "Vernor’s" as a name for ginger soda and extract, Vernors entered commerce in 1880. City by city, Vernor sold bottling franchises, with operators of those franchises required to strictly adhere to the recipe.

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In 1896 Vernor closed his drugstore and opened a soda fountain closer to the city center, on Woodward Avenue south of Jefferson Avenue, near the ferry docks on the Detroit River to concentrate on the ginger soda business alone. Initially, Vernors was only sold via soda fountain franchises. The early Vernors soda fountains featured ornate plaster, lighting and ironwork featuring a "V" design, examples of which still exist, such as at the Halo Burger restaurant in Flint, Michigan. Later Vernors was bottled for home consumption.

James Vernor died October 29, 1927 and was succeeded by his son, James Vernor Jr. Expansion continued throughout Prohibition. In 1962, Vernors introduced Vernors 1-Calorie, now called Diet Vernors. In 1966, the Vernor family sold out to the first of a succession of owners. The company was next acquired by American Consumer Products and then by United Brands before being purchased by A&W Beverages in 1987. A&W was later purchased by Cadbury Schweppes.

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Just prior to the onset of World War II, James Vernor II presided over the construction of a 230,000 sq ft (21,000 m2) bottling plant and headquarters, encompassing an entire city block on Woodward Avenue, one block from the Detroit River. In the late 1950s, when the City of Detroit proposed construction of Cobo Hall and other riverfront projects, a land-swap was negotiated, and Vernors moved its bottling plant and headquarters to the location of the old civic exhibition hall at 4501 Woodward Avenue, incorporating many of the popular features of the old plant. Tours of the Vernors plant old and new were major tourist attractions. The flagship Detroit bottling plant was shut down by United Brands in 1985, with the local rights to bottle Vernors granted to Pepsi-Cola. The Woodward Avenue plant was later demolished.

117408_vgs4Slogans
A number of slogans have been associated with Vernors over the years. Advertising in the early 1900s used the slogan "Detroit’s Drink". According to its trademark application, it began using the slogan "Deliciously Different" in 1921. The labels formerly read "Aged 4 years in wood", which was changed some years ago to "Flavor aged in oak barrels", again in 1996 to "Barrel Aged, Bold Taste" and currently notes "Barrel Aged 3 Years • Bold Taste". The apostrophe in the name "Vernor’s" was dropped in the late 1950s. For a time in the mid-1980s Vernors used the slogan "It’s what we drink around here" in its advertising campaigns. The gnome mascot, named "Woody", was used from the turn of the century until 1987, when it was dropped by A&W Brands in favor of new packaging, but had returned to the packaging by the 2000s.

117408_vgs7Flavor and characteristics
Vernors is a sweet “golden” ginger soda that derives its color from caramel and has a robust flavor (similar to that of ginger beer). The Vernors style was common before Prohibition, when “dry” pale ginger ale (typified by Canada Dry Ginger Ale) became popular as a drink mixer. This type of "Prohibition dry style ginger drink" is commonly known now in the U.S. as "ginger ale".

Vernors is highly carbonated. Some people drink it hot as a remedy for stomachache. Ginger is thought to be the active ingredient.

LA Metropolitan News Editor Roger Grace describes the original flavor as "mellow yet perky with the mellowness attributed to the aging in oak barrels, and the perkiness to the use of more ginger and sugar than "dry" ginger ales. Many people believe that the taste of Vernors has changed significantly in recent years. Grace describes the current flavor as an "emaciated version of a product that once was" and "sweetened carbonated water with ginger flavoring". Theories as to the reason for the claimed change in flavor include that the secret formula has been changed to use new products not originally available to Vernor, such as high fructose corn syrup; that it seems to have less carbonation than formerly; and that Vernors is no longer aged four years, but three in oak barrels.

117408_vgs5Availability
For most of its history, Vernors was a regional product. Initially Vernor sold franchises throughout Michigan and in major regional cities such as Toledo, Cleveland and Buffalo. Vernors was not mass distributed nationally until the late 1980s, when United Brands, A&W and Cadbury expanded it over a 10-year period to a 33-state area. Even after expansion, Michigan accounts for 80% of Vernors sales. Michigan, Ohio and Illinois are the highest-selling states, and primary cities are Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, Toledo and Cincinnati. It is also very popular in Florida, which has large numbers of retired or relocated former Michigan residents. Vernors is also popular in Canada, having been sold at Ontario soda fountains from the 1920s onward, and with bottling facilities, soda fountains and outlets located in Southwestern Ontario.

Boston Cooler
A Boston Cooler is an Ice cream soda variant typically composed of Vernors and vanilla ice cream blended together similar to a milk shake, although in other parts of the country, different combinations of ingredients are also known as a Boston Cooler. The name remains a mystery. It appears to have no connection to Boston, Massachusetts, where the drink is unknown. One popular theory is that it named after Detroit’s Boston Boulevard, the main thoroughfare of the Boston-Edison Historic District, said to be, in such accounts, a fashionable neighborhood at the time located a short distance from James Vernor’s drugstore. Boston Boulevard, however, did not exist at the time. The streets and subdivision that became the Boston-Edison neighborhood, approximately five miles from Vernors’ drugstore, were not platted nor incorporated into the city until 1891, and its first homes not constructed until 1905, nine years after Vernor closed his drugstore.

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117275_urgUrge is a citrus flavoured soft drink produced by Coca Cola Norway. It is the Norwegian equivalent of Surge. It was originally introduced in Norway in 1996 as a test product. Surge was launched in the United States in 1997. Surge and Urge are no longer sold anywhere else, but after a steady decline, Urge sales increased greatly in Norway, reaching a market share near 10%, despite receiving no marketing since its initial launch. Urge was originally available in Norway in 0.5L and 1.5L bottles, and later also in 0.33L cans, but in Q1 of 1999 the 1.5L bottles were taken off the market, due to unsatisfactory sales. The cans also silently vanished from the market a few years later, leaving only the 0.5L bottles. It has a high sugar content at 68 grams per 0.5L bottle.

Urge 1.5L bottles was re-launched to the Norwegian market on September 1 2008. The re-launch is credited to a massive campaign by the consumers on the internet community Facebook.

An energy drink version, Urge Intense, was launched in Q1 2009. A raspberry flavoured version ("Red Sting") was released in April 2010.

Sales in Denmark and Sweden ceased in 2001.

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Wink is a primarily grapefruit-based soft drink, although it also contains other citrus flavours. It is currently owned and manufactured by Canada Dry in North America, a subsidiary of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group. It was introduced by Canada Dry in 1965.

117274_wi2During the 1960s and 1970s, Wink‘s advertising billed it as "The Sassy One". The jingle went "Wink, it’s the sassy one, from Canada Dry." For a brief period, Wink introduced a Dr. Seuss-like character called the Wink Gink. There was a Diet Wink Low Calorie version in the mid to late 60’s.

Availability
In the United States, Wink is available from some bottlers in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Additionally, Wink is also available in some areas of Canada, and is sold as part of the CPlus brand (the Canadian version of Sunkist).

In 2004 Wink was temporarily discontinued in Canada, as part of a re-launch of the product. Wink was re-introduced several months later as with new packaging as CPlus Wink Twist, a re-formulation that is slightly sweeter than the original.

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Hires Root Beer is a soft drink which is currently marketed by Dr Pepper Snapple Group. The manufacturer considers it the longest continuously made soft drink in the United States; however, Vernor’s ginger ale (currently also owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group) is even older dating back to 1866.

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Hires Root Beer was created by Philadelphia pharmacist Charles Elmer Hires. The official story is that Hires first tasted root beer, a traditional American beverage dating back to the colonial era, while on his honeymoon in 1875. However, historical accounts vary and the actual time and place of the discovery may never be known. By 1876, Hires had developed his own recipe, and he was marketing 25-cent packets of powder which each yielded five gallons of root beer. At Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition in 1876, he cultivated new customers by giving away free glasses of root beer. Hires marketed it as a solid concentrate of sixteen wild roots and berries. It claimed to purify the blood and make rosy cheeks. In 1884, he began producing a liquid extract and a syrup for use in soda fountains, and was soon shipping root beer in kegs and producing a special fountain dispenser called the "Hires Automatic Munimaker." In 1890, the Charles E. Hires company was incorporated and began supplying Hires root beer in small bottles.

But Hires’s choice of name for his product caused a problem: the word "beer" drew the wrath of the temperance movement[citation needed]. He had his root beer tested by a laboratory, and trumpeted their conclusion that a glass of his root beer contained less alcohol than a loaf of bread. Hires Root Beer was promoted as "The Temperance Drink" and "the Greatest Health-Giving Beverage in the World." Hires advertised aggressively, believing "doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody ELSE does."

117273_hi3One of the major ingredients of root beer was sassafras oil, a plant root extract used in beverages for its flavor and presumed medicinal properties. The medicinal properties of root beer are emphasized in the advertising slogan, "Join Health and Cheer/Drink Hires Rootbeer." Ironically, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned sassafras oil in 1960 because it contains the carcinogen and liver-damaging chemical safrol. However, a process was later discovered by which the harmful chemical could be removed from sassafras oil while preserving the flavor.

Hires Root Beer kits, available in the United States and Canada from the early 1900s through the 1980s allowed consumers to mix an extract with water, sugar and yeast to brew their own root beer. However, most consumption was of pre-bottled root beer.

Consolidated Foods bought the company from the Hires family in 1960, only to sell Hires two years later to Crush International. Procter & Gamble bought Crush in 1980, and sold it to Cadbury Schweppes in 1989. Cadbury spun off its soft drinks arm in 2008, and the beverage company renamed itself Dr Pepper Snapple Group that year.

In Canada, the Hires brand is no longer sold by Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Retailers and vending machines have replaced it with Pepsi owned Mug Root Beer since the 1990s.

A mid-1960s’ advertising campaign campaign featured jingles by pop singer Blossom Dearie, wherein she sang in a Betty-Boop voice: "Hires Root Beer! Hires Rootin’ Tootin’ Root Beer! Hires Rootin’-Tootin’ Rabble-Rousin’, lion-roarin’, Roman-candle-lightin’ Root Beer!"

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The company that created Mission soft drinks went through several name and location changes over the years. Initially, California Crushed Fruit in Los Angeles produced the first soft drinks. Their Mission Orange soft drink was so successful that in 1933 they formed The Mission Dry Corporation and started bottling Mission Orange soda in a unique black bottle. By the 1950’s they had become Mission of California, Inc. with offices based in New Haven, Connecticut. Throughout their total history, they manufactured soft drinks from about 1929 to 1970.

117272_md2Around 1950 they began putting their soda into 1-quart cone top cans. Some of these cans can be very valuable. One website states that in 2000 a Mission Root Beer quart cone top can went for over $3000 at auction. They also put their soft drinks into flat top cans in the 50’s, but they didn’t really catch on with the consumer until the 60’s.

Flavours that Mission soda was available in included Orange, Lemon-Lime, Coco-Pina, Black Cherry, Cream and Root Beer, among others.

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