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Is Sunkist a Pepsi Product?

 

Is Sunkist a Pepsi Product

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.

Sunkist is not made by PepsiCo and is made by Keurig Dr Pepper, as it’s listed as one of their brands on their website.

Sunkist soda was originally made by a company that grows oranges that is still in operation today – Sunkist Growers, in the opinion of Soda Fandom.

Many people wonder whether Fanta was invented before Sunkist, and Crush.

And who makes them. Read on, to discover the origins of Sunkist, Fanta and Crush.

As well as, other interesting facts about orange sodas.

What orange soda is a Pepsi product?

What orange soda is a Pepsi product

PepsiCo does not make an orange soda.

But, they are partners with the fruit soda brand Crush, which comes in orange, grape, strawberry, pineapple, peach, grapefruit, and watermelon, as shown on their website.

Other notable PepsiCo brands are Mountain Dew, and Gatorade.

Many of the main soda brands have changed ownership over the years, and most soda brands make a version of whichever soda’s are 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?

Do they still make Sunkist

There is no information on the official Sunkist website to indicate that it is being discontinued.

There has been some speculation online about the lack of Sunkist cans available in stores.

However, you can still buy Sunkist online on Amazon (as of Feb, 2021).

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 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.

Where is Sunkist made?

Where is Sunkist made

Keurig Dr Pepper do not provide any information about where the bottling plants are for their Sunkist products.

Most bottling plants are located close to metropolitan areas to cut down on transport costs.

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 who 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: to expand the company to other countries requires hiring a lot of individuals 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?

What came first Sunkist or Fanta

Fanta came first. It’s stated on the Fanta Wikipedia page that Fanta was invented in 1949.

But, on the official Coca Cola website it says it first came out in 1940.

And on the Sunkist Wikipedia page that it was invented in 1979.

So, Fanta was invented 39 years before Sunkist.

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 1890’s.

What came first, Crush or Fanta?

What came first Crush or Fanta

Crush came before Fanta, according to Wikipedia, who state the Crush was invented in 1911 by Neil C. Ward.

On the official Coca Cola web page for Fanta, they say that Fanta was invented in 1940.

So, Crush was first sold 29 years before Fanta first came out.

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 acquired in 2008 by Keurig Dr Pepper, who own it today.

What are all of the Pepsi products?

What are all of the Pepsi products

PepsiCo makes the following beverages:

  • Pepsi
  • Pure Leaf (ice tea)
  • Mountain Dew
  • Bubly
  • Gatorade
  • Tropicana
  • Naked
  • Sodastream (they make soda making machines, and soda syrups)
  • Lipton
  • Starbucks (the store chain and the coffee)
  • Aquafina
  • Brisk
  • Kevita
  • Life Water
  • Sierra Mist
  • Stubborn Soda
  • Izze
  • Propel
  • One (coconut water)
  • Sobe Elixirs (ice tea)
  • Mug

And they make the following food brands:

  • Lay’s
  • Doritos
  • Stacy’s
  • Quaker Oats
  • Bare
  • Sabra
  • Ruffles
  • Smart50
  • Cheetos
  • Tostitos
  • Fritos
  • NearEast
  • Imagine
  • Sun Chips
  • Smartfood
  • Off the beaten path
  • Simply
  • Rold Gold
  • Miss Vickies
  • Red Rock Deli
  • Cracker Jack
  • Nut Harvest
  • Life
  • Matador
  • Chewy
  • Santitas
  • Funyuns
  • Cap’n Crunch
  • Pasta Roni and Rice Roni
  • Quaker Rice Crisps and Cakes
  • Maui Style
  • Sabritones
  • Munchies
  • Munchos
  • Grandma’s
  • Aunt Jemima

Is Sunkist orange a Coke product?

Is Sunkist orange a Coke product

Sunkist is made by Keurig Dr Pepper, and not made by Coca Cola.

As you may be aware Coca Cola makes the orange soda Fanta.

Sunkist was previously made by Schweppes but was acquired by Keurig Dr Pepper in 1989.

Both Sunkist and Fanta also come in a range of other fruit flavors.

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 who is number one, and Pepsico which 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)
Coca Cola 43.7%
PepsiCo 24.1%
Keurig Dr. Pepper
(RC Cola)
18.2%
Refresco 3.8%
National Beverage 3.1%
Other 7.1%

As you can see Coca Cola made almost half of all sodas sold in the USA in 2019.

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.

In Conclusion

Sunkist is not a Pepsi product and it’s owned and produced by Keurig Dr Pepper.

Keurig Dr Pepper also makes a range of well known soda and food brands, including Dr Pepper, Mountain Dew, and Doritos.

Keurig Dr Pepper also makes another popular orange soda – Crush.

Sunkist was first sold 39 years after Fanta first came out. But, Crush was invented before Fanta.

Sunkist is still made today and there haven’t been any announcements that it’s discontinued.

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