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Canada Dry

First created in 1904 by Canadian pharmacist and chemist John McLaughlin, Canada Dry ginger ale has become a Canadian classic soft drink with real ginger, real taste.

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O, PIONEERS

O, PIONEERS

Pharmacist and chemist John McLaughlin changed the soda shop standard by developing mass bottling techniques and serving Canada Dry where people gather in masses, such as ballparks and beaches. In fact, Canada Dry pioneered many of the products and practices now considered standard throughout the beverage industry.

ALWAYS INNOVATING

ALWAYS INNOVATING

During the '50s and '60s, Canada Dry was the first of the major soft drink companies to introduce sugar-free drinks and put soft drink beverages in cans. Canada Dry introduced black cherry and cranberry apple seltzers in the '80s.

History

The Canada Dry story begins with pharmacist and chemist John J. McLaughlin, who opened a small plant in Toronto, Canada, in 1890 to manufacture soda water, which he sold to drugstores in siphons as a mixer for fruit juices and flavoured extracts.

After hundreds of painstaking experiments, McLaughlin achieved the perfect formula for his Canada Dry Pale Ginger Ale in 1904. In the early days, corner drugstores were the predominant outlets for the carbonated beverage industry. McLaughlin changed all that by developing mass bottling techniques and serving Canada Dry where people gather in masses, such as ballparks and beaches. In fact, Canada Dry pioneered many of the products and practices now considered standards throughout the beverage industry.

In 1923, P.D. Saylor and Associates purchased the entire company from the McLaughlin family and formed the public corporation, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Inc. Consumer demand soon outgrew the production capacity of the New York City plant, which sparked a program of national expansion. It was during this growth that the famous "down from Canada came tales of a wonderful beverage" advertising campaign was developed.

There's no doubt that the pleasant qualities of ginger ale made it the perfect mixer to mask the taste of home brew during Prohibition. For Canada Dry, the Roaring '20s roared with success. Even the high price of 35 cents for a 355ml bottle didn't hinder the progress of sales. The '30s saw the introduction of Canada Dry's Sparkling Water, quickly followed by Tonic Water.

During the '50s and '60s, Canada Dry was the first of the major soft drink companies to introduce sugar-free drinks and put soft drink beverages in cans.

For Canada Dry, the '80s were also a time of several ownership changes. In 1986, Canada Dry found a home when it was acquired by Cadbury Schweppes of London.

Canada Dry has continued to innovate with the launch of Canada Dry Club Soda Lemon Lime and Club Soda Orange Mandarin, in 2015 and 2017, respectively. They are paired with the refreshing and crisp flavour of Lemon Lime and Orange Mandarin, with the naturally flavoured, unsweetened, and low-sodium club soda that consumers love! These innovations have provided a healthier and tastier option for consumers!

Canada Dry is available in a variety of flavours, including Ginger Ale, Diet Ginger Ale, Club Soda, Club Soda Lemon Lime, Club Soda Orange Mandarin, Club Soda Pomegranate Cherry, Tonic, Blackberry Ginger Ale at the beginning of the year, and Cranberry Ginger Ale at the holidays.

Today, Canada Dry is part of Canada Dry Mott's, a subsidiary of Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group, an integrated refreshment beverage business marketing more than 50 beverage brands throughout North America.

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