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Soft drinks are one of the most popular refreshments and are widely consumed around the world. But soft drinks are not a new phenomenon, they have been consumed since ancient times, though in a different form. In Tudor England, people drank a sweetened drink with lemon flavor. Comprising cream of tartar, the drink was known as ‘water imperial’. Another popular drink was ‘Manays Cryste’. Though the history of marketing the first carbonated beverage dates back to the 17th century, it was only in the 18th century that Joseph Priestly, an English chemist, developed carbonated water. This ultimately led to the development of soft drinks, which is today one of the biggest industries of the world.
Today, soft drinks are being manufactured around the world. While some names have gained international recognition, such as Pepsi and Cocoa Cola, and have come to be loved the world over, others have their influence limited to local regions or countries. United States is home to the largest number of soft drinks brands in the world. It is estimated that there are around 121 brands that have been produced in the country. Some of the more popular ones are Dr Pepper, Hansen’s, Red Bull, Pepsi, Coca Cola, to name a few.
India is also home to a large number of people who love to gorge on soft drinks. There are 59 brands that have been produced in the country. One of the most popular ones is Thumps Up, which was bought by Coca Cola. Some other famous brands are Rasna, Rooh Afza etc. The United Kingdom comes at the third place with 49 brands originating in the country which include Ginger Beer, Evoca Cola, Red Kola etc. The Philippines came at the fourth spot with 45 brands originating in the country.
Countries where between 30 and 45 brands were produced included Sweden, Hungary, Japan, Sri Lanka, and Australia. Germany, Canada, Finland, Mexico, South Africa, France, Italy, and some other nations witnessed between 15 and 30 soft drinks brands being produced in the country. Meanwhile, there were many countries were less than 15 brands were produced and some of these were Norway, Colombia, Russia, Spain, Zimbabwe, Cuba, China, Oman etc.
|Country||Number of Soft Drink Brands|
|Trinidad and Tobago||10|
|Papua New Guinea||2|
|United Arab Emirates||2|
The table below provides an insight into the number of soft drinks brands being produced in each nation.