I’m interested in what sodas are owned by Pepsi and wondered whether Sunkist is made by Pepsi.
I did some research and here’s what I found.
Many people wonder whether Fanta soft drink was invented before Sunkist and Crush.
And who makes them? Read on, to discover the origins of Sunkist, Fanta Orange, Diet Orange, and Crush.
As well as, other interesting facts about orange sodas.
What orange soda is a Pepsi product?
Many of the main soda brands and Soft Drink Brands have changed ownership over the years, and most sodas like Diet Orange or Fanta Grape brands make a version of whichever soda’s really popular.
Some taste really good, whereas others aren’t that great.
For example, RC Cola is considered by most people to not be as good as Pepsi or Coke.
And this is reflected in the global sales of RC Cola compared to the other cola brands.
I wrote about this in more detail in a recent article I wrote titled: Is RC Cola better than Coke?, where I also show the sales data.
Do they still make Sunkist?
Keurig Dr Pepper does press releases on their website, and there haven’t been any new ones in 2021.
But, in November 2020, they announced various news related to earnings reports and other company news.
But none of them indicated that Sunkist is being discontinued.
In my opinion, if it was being discontinued they may not have announced it on their official website.
But, they would have added a note about it being discontinued when they mentioned it in their recent news releases.
Also, Keurig Dr. Pepper still lists it as one of their brands on their website.
Who Owns Sunkist and Where is Sunkist made?
Keurig Dr. Pepper has a website for their Mexican operations called ‘Grupo Peñafiel’.
And on their website, they say that they have three plants and 25 distribution centers in Mexico.
There are 3,000 people that work for them and produce Keurig Dr. Pepper brands for the Mexican market.
But, Sunkist isn’t one of the brands that their Mexican bottling plants make.
You may have noticed when you bought soda in other countries that it tastes different.
And interestingly it’s because it’s made with different ingredients.
Mexican Coca-Cola is made using sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.
I explored this topic at length in my article about whether Coca-Cola uses corn syrup.
Therefore, it’s safe to say that Sunkist sold in New York as an example, is made near New York.
However, some soda brands aren’t sold in other countries because they haven’t been marketed there.
This could be for a range of reasons.
For example: expanding the company to other countries requires hiring a lot of individuals or key employees and requires a lot of planning, and resources.
Which may not be high on their to-do list.
And they also need to set up a production facility which is a big undertaking and costs hundreds of millions of dollars.
What came first, Sunkist or Fanta?
As you may be aware Fanta is made by Coca-Cola, and it’s their second oldest brand. Invented some 50 years after the invention of Coca-Cola in the 1890s.
What came first, Crush or Fanta?
Crush is also made by Keurig Dr. Pepper, however, Pepsico is a distribution partner.
And Crush is listed on the PepsiCo partner website. PepsiCo does not list it as one of its brands.
But, on this webpage on the PepsiCo partner website, they say that you can order Crush through them.
In my opinion, it looks like PepsiCo makes use of the distribution network they’ve already set up to also provide other companies sodas.
Probably because it’s easy and profitable to do so.
Because at the end of the day, they simply need to add the syrup to their soda water.
And it’s not that difficult to swap out one syrup for another during bottling.
Especially, in a large factory where they swap out brands and labels regularly.
Wikipedia says that the history of Crush is as follows:
- Invented in 1911
- Sold to Procter & Gamble in 1980
- Acquired by Cadbury Schweppes in 1989
- Cadbury Schweppes was acquired in 2008 by Keurig Dr. Pepper, who owns it today.
What are all of the Pepsi products?
And they make the following food brands:
- Quaker Oats
- Sun Chips
- Off the beaten path
- Rold Gold
- Miss Vickies
- Red Rock Deli
- Cracker Jack
- Nut Harvest
- Cap’n Crunch
- Pasta Roni and Rice Roni
- Quaker Rice Crisps and Cakes
- Maui Style
- Aunt Jemima
Is Sunkist a Coke Product?
Crush, another orange soda is also made by Keurig Dr Pepper, as it’s listed as one of their brands on the Keirug Dr Pepper website.
Based on data provided by Statista, Keurig Dr. Pepper is the 3rd largest producer of soda in the USA.
Behind Coca Cola which is number one, Pepsico is the 2nd largest producer.
Here’s a table that shows the percentage of the total soda sales by the company:
|Brand||Percentage of soda sales in the USA (2019)|
|Keurig Dr. Pepper
As you can see Coca Cola made almost half of all sodas sold in the USA in 2019. Coca-Cola is popular brand-name soda in the industry.
The data for 2020 is unavailable as yet, at the time of writing (Feb 2021).
But based on previous years’ data the percentage isn’t likely to have changed, if at all.
Who Makes Sunkist Soda?
Keurig Dr. Pepper also makes a range of well-known soda and food brands, including Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, and Doritos, plus another popular orange soda – Crush.
Sunkist was first sold 39 years after Fanta first came out. But, Crush was invented before Fanta (orange juice soda)
Sunkist is still made today and there haven’t been any announcements that it’s discontinued.
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