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Manzanita Sol

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**Product Details:**
– Manzanita Sol is a soda brand owned by PepsiCo.
– Created by brothers Ramon and Manuel Rodriguez Fonseca.
– Formula registered in 1950, with 6% apple juice.
– Sold in the U.S. in 12-pack cans, 2-liter, and 20-ounce bottles.
– Popular in Mexico as PepsiCo’s second brand.

– Sold in Walmart, Albertsons, H-E-B, and other stores.
– Available in Latin America, competing with Coca-Cola’s Manzana Lift.
– Popular in border regions like Los Angeles and El Paso.
– Added to Taco Bell’s beverage menu in 2014.
– Removed from Taco Bell and Golden Corral’s menus in 2017.

**Cultural Significance:**
– “Manzanita Sol” translates to “little apple sun” in Spanish.
– Known as Mexico’s second most popular soft drink flavor.
– Popular in Mexico and border regions like Los Angeles.
PepsiCo’s number two brand in Mexico.
– Competes with Coca-Cola’s Manzana Lift in Latin America.

**History and Ownership:**
– Created by brothers who started Embotelladora El Sol.
– Original factory in Mexico City, later moved to Coapa.
PepsiCo acquired the formula in the nineties.
– Initially contained 6% apple juice.
– Formula registered in 1950.

**Marketing and Partnerships:**
PepsiCo partnered with Black and Hispanic food trucks for a Mexican soda launch.
Taco Bell added Manzanita Sol to its beverage menu in 2014.
– Golden Corral partnered with The Coca-Cola Company in 2015.
PepsiCo aims for the Hispanic market through Mexican soft drinks.
Taco Bell and Golden Corral removed Manzanita Sol from their menus in 2017.

Manzanita Sol (Wikipedia)

Manzanita Sol is a brand of apple-flavored soft drinks owned by PepsiCo. It was created by two brothers, Ramon and Manuel Rodriguez Fonseca, who started Embotelladora El Sol after learning the trade from the father, a Spanish industrialist who arrived to Mexico in the 20th Century. The formula for Manzana Sol, a cider flavored drink, was registered in 1950, when the original factory was based in Mexico City's neighborhood of San Pedro de los Pinos, and later moved to Acoxpa 69, in Coapa. PepsiCo. bought the formula in the nineties. It originally included 6% of apple juice.

Manzanita Sol
Product typeSoda

In the United States it is sold in 12-pack cans, 2-liter, and 20-ounce bottles. The drink is known to be available at Walmart, Albertsons, H-E-B, Ralphs, Kmart, Food 4 Less, Jewel-Osco, Dominick's, Target, Vons, Stater Bros., United Supermarkets in the Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas area, and other smaller chains and smaller family run stores. In Latin American countries, Manzanita Sol competes with Coca-Cola's Manzana Lift. Manzanita Sol is PepsiCo's number two brand in Mexico, with apple being Mexico's second most popular soft drink flavor. It is also very popular in border regions such as the Los Angeles and El Paso metro areas.

In January 2014, Taco Bell added Manzanita Sol to their choice of beverages. This beverage product became available at Golden Corral a year later. In 2017, both Taco Bell and Golden Corral removed Manzanita Sol from their choice of beverages.[unreliable source?]

"Manzanita Sol" is Spanish for "little apple sun".

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