Brands of Soft Drinks

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Brands of Soft Drinks
Millions of cases of soft drink brands are sold annually. (cola soft drink image by Sandra Henderson from Fotolia.com)

Many of the top brands of soft drinks were first introduced to United States consumers as far back as the late 1800s. They were all created in the United States, originating as a result of experimenting with a varied mix of syrups, flavourings, spices and juices. According to Beverage Digest, several of these soft drink pioneers are still the most popular brands on the market today.

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Coca-Cola

Well-known throughout the world, Coca-Cola, or Coke, as it's been nicknamed, is still the top selling brand of soft drink, according to a 2009 survey conducted by Beverage Digest. The Coca-Cola beverage was created by John Pemberton, of Atlanta, Georgia, by mixing his secret blend of syrup with carbonated water.

Coke was first introduced to consumers in 1886 and became available throughout the United States in 1895. As of 2010, the Coca-Cola brand soft drink can be found in virtually every part of the world and is available in several flavours, including original Coke, Green Tea, Lemon, Lemon-Lime, Lime, Orange and Raspberry.

Pepsi-Cola

Described by the PepsiCo website as a "bold, refreshing, robust cola," Pepsi-Cola is the second most popular brand of soft drink throughout the world. Beverage Digest's market share analysis shows that Pepsi holds strong with approximately 900 million cases of their lead soda sold in 2009.

Pepsi-Cola originated in the summer of 1898 by its creator, a pharmacist named Caleb Bradham. He experimented with several concoctions of juice, syrup, carbonated water and spice, finally inventing what the world now knows as the Pepsi-Cola soft drink.

Diet Coke

Diet Coke is another popular soft drink brand created by the Coca-Cola Company, originating in 1982. The 2009 Beverage Digest survey lists Diet Coke as the No. 3 brand of soft drink, making it the most popular sugar-free soda in the world.

As of 2010, the Diet Coke brand is available in approximately 40 countries and in eight flavour variations, such as original Diet Coke, Diet Black Cherry Cola, Vanilla, Diet Cola Green Tea and more. The Diet Coke brand of soft drink has 0 calories and sold approximately the same number of cases in 2009 as regular Pepsi-Cola.

Mountain Dew

Introduced in 1948, this PepsiCo brand of soda offered a different tasting soft drink than most consumers were used to. Mountain Dew is yellow in colour and has a citrus taste with hints of lemon. The Mountain Dew website describes its flavour as "exhilarating, quenching and one-of-a-kind great taste."

In 2009, Mountain Dew was the fourth best selling brand of soft drink. It is currently available in a variety of formulas, such as Diet Mountain Dew, Caffeine-Free Mountain Dew, Baja Blast Mountain Dew, Code Red and LiveWire.

Dr Pepper

Not many people are aware of this fact, but Dr Pepper was the first brand of soft drink ever created. Dr. Charles Pepper, a real Virginia doctor, was the inspiration behind the name given to this popular soft drink. It was created in 1885 by Wade Morrison, a Waco, Texas, drugstore owner, beating the introduction of Coca-Cola by approximately one year.

Dr Pepper comprises 23 flavours that have never been made known to the public. According to the Dr Pepper website, this brand of soft drink was an instant hit at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 and began nationwide distribution to all 50 states shortly thereafter.

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