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What Flavours of Fanta Are There in the UK?

What Flavours of Fanta Are There in the UK

I love Fanta soda and the wide variety I’ve seen on my travels but I wondered what flavors Fanta has specifically in the UK.

Since in the USA they only have 3 flavors.

I did some research and here’s what I found.

So, what flavours of Fanta are there in the UK? According to their official website, Fanta sells the following flavors in the UK:

  1. Orange
  2. Orange Zero
  3. Fruit Twist
  4. Fruit Twist Zero
  5. Grape Zero
  6. Lemon
  7. Raspberry Zero

As you may be aware, Zero flavors have zero sugar.

And are instead sweetened with artificial sweeteners.

Artificial sweeteners are used for a range of reasons, which I’ll cover below, as well as, what flavor of Fanta is the most popular, and some history about the Fanta brand.

What is the most popular flavor of Fanta?

What is the most popular flavor of Fanta

In the USA orange Fanta is the most popular flavor based on data provided by Grand View Research.

In the UK it’s likely the same as it is in the USA.

This information falls under a special category where it’s only available from researchers, and it isn’t public information.

People who work in the soda industry would read these reports to see what their competitors are doing.

But, this information is held in the private domain, and is performed by research institutes that perform proprietary research.

This means it can’t be shared on the internet if you brought a copy from them.

Copies of their reports are in the price range of around $1000 and up.

Here’s a graph that Grand View Research provides on their website.

As you can see cola is the most popular. 

Citrus is sold in the same amount as all of the other flavors combined. It’s looks something like this:

  • 50% Colas – like Coca Cola and Pepsi
  • 30% Citrus – orange, lime, and lemon flavors like Fanta Orange, Fanta Lemon, and Miranda Orange.
  • 20% – All other flavors, for example, other fruit flavors, ginger beer, root beer, creaming sodas.

Therefore, in the USA it’s safe to say that the most popular Fanta flavor is orange.

Because they don’t sell lemon or lime Fanta in the USA.

Here’s a table that shows how much soda an average person drinks for countries that have the biggest population.

Rank Country Soda consumed per day. 1 cup = 8.4 oz (250mL)
1 Mexico 1.7 cups
2 USA 1.7 cups
3 Brazil 0.8 cups
4 Japan 0.3 cups
5 Russia 0.3 cups
6 China 0.15 cups
7 Nigeria 0.13 cups
8 Pakistan 0.13 cups
9 Indonesia 0.05 cups
10 India 0.05 cups

In countries other than the UK certain flavors might be more popular due to taste preferences.

Local sodas could also be more popular.

Some countries clearly have different soda drinking habits.

The country that consumes the most soda per person is Mexico.

China and India have the biggest populations in the world by far but don’t consume much soda per person.

On average less than a quarter of a cup a day. Which means they drink around two cups of soda a week.

People in Mexico, USA, and Brazil consume the most soda, and average 1 to 2 cups a day.

The low consumption of soda in certain countries may be because they prefer to drink tea, coffee, water, or juice.

The culture of the USA, Mexico, and Brazil is to consume a lot of soda on average.

And after that most of the other biggest countries consume hardly any soda.

Zero versus no zero flavors

The zero variety of orange soda could also be very popular. Coca Cola says they sell zero flavors because sugar has a lot of calories. 

A common way of losing weight is to limit the number of calories you consume.

When eating fruits, vegetables, and meat it’s difficult to go over the recommended daily calorie intake.

Because you’ll be too full to eat too much.

But, according to Harvard Medical School you should also have a rough idea about how much sugar you consume in a day.

The recommended daily sugar intake is 25g which is about 2 tablespoons.

The amount of sugar found in Coca Cola, and Fanta is 25g per cup, 8 oz (250 mL).

Which is the equivalent of 2 tablespoons.

I showed the sugar and calorie numbers based on lab tests performed by the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service for Fanta Orange and Coke in this, What Was the Original Orange Soda? article.

I also explain which orange soda is the best. Pretty interesting stuff.

Why is UK Fanta yellow?

Why is UK Fanta yellow

In the UK they sell a yellow fanta which is lemon flavored. They also sell other flavors, that include:

  • Orange
  • Fruit twist
  • Grape
  • Raspberry

In the USA the yellow Fanta they sell is pineapple and they don’t sell a lemon flavor.

The cans and bottles are colored as follows in the UK:

  • Yellow – lemon
  • Orange – orange
  • Red – fruit twist
  • Purple – grape
  • Raspberry – light purple

In the USA the cans and bottle of Fanta use the following colors:

  • Yellow – pineapple
  • Purple – grape
  • Orange – orange

Soda companies such as Coca Cola who make Fanta, bring out sodas on a trial basis and if they end up being popular they keep it on the shelves.

That’s why you see some brands come and go.

Where was Fanta invented?

Where was Fanta invented

Fanta was first invented in Naples, Italy in 1955 on an official Coca Cola website.

Various sources online claim some connection between the invention of Fanta and World War II, however, it appears that this is unconfirmed.

And no mention of it is made by Coca Cola.

Interestingly, Fanta was invented much later than the first orange soda which was Sunkist.

Unlike Fanta, Sunkist is produced by Keurig Dr Pepper, who also makes the well known orange soda Crush.

The biggest orange soda companies are Coca Cola, PepsiCo, and Keurig Dr Pepper.

And they dwarf the other craft orange soda and smaller less known companies.

I recently put together a great resource about how to make your own craft sodas, and bottle them yourself at home.

It can be a fun hobby to create amazing sodas that contain honey and organic ingredients which are very good for your health.

You can read it and bookmark it for later by clicking [here, link: What is Craft soda?].

What is Fanta short for?

What is Fanta short for

Coca Cola says that Fanta got its name from a shortening of the German word ‘fantasie’ – which means the same thing as the word fantasy.

Claiming that the drink was so delicious and refreshing that it’s the drink you’ve always dreamed of.

It’s definitely a popular soda since it’s been sold by the largest soda company in the USA, and has been sold for more than 60 years.

In Conclusion

Here’s a quick review of the main points covered:

In the UK there are 7 flavors.

But, 4 of them are zero versions. So, technically they only have 4 flavors which are:

  • Orange
  • Fruit Twist
  • Lemon
  • Raspberry

Grape is only sold in the zero variation.

The USA has three flavors and they sell mainly pineapple, grape and orange.

Yellow Fanta in the UK is lemon flavored, and yellow Fanta in the USA is pineapple flavored.

The drink has come a long way since it was first sold in 1955, in the USA.

You should only drink 1 cup of soda per day for optimum health according to Harvard Medical School, you need to be aware of how much sugar you consume in a day.