As of July 2018, carbonated drinks are a major asset to convenience retailers. They are worth an estimated £862m every year and here in the UK, it is the likes of Coca Cola and Pepsi that consume a large chunk of the market. Despite this, many of the global favourites are brands that you’ll probably have never heard of, crafted using ingredients that you wouldn’t cast a second glance towards. Without further ado, here are some of the most popular soft drinks from all over the world…
Bahamas Goombay Punch – The Bahamas.
The name of this Bahama based beverage sounds enticing to say the least. This cold drink is believed to be very sweet, made up of pineapple and lemon to create a neon yellow colour that supposedly tastes fantastic. There are some peculiar soft drinks on this list, but the Bahamas Goombay Punch sounds great!
Rivella – Switzerland.
Talking of peculiar, this is arguably one of those, but nobody can deny the fact that Rivella remains extremely well loved in Switzerland. Unique ingredients include lactose, lactic acid, and minerals to create a unique flavour and a colour that looks similar to that of Apple Juice.
Pepsi Ice Cucumber – Japan.
We’ve all heard of Pepsi, but we bet few of you have heard of this unconventional flavour! According to CNBC, Pepsi Ice Cucumber was created to help consumers cope with the summer heat, though cucumber isn’t actually used at all. Instead, it has been artificially created to resemble the same refreshing taste.
Mauby Fizz – Caribbean.
Carbonated drinks are often portrayed as being damaging to your health, or at least they were until there was a greater push on low sugar options. Mauby Fizz rips up that idea completely and boils tree bark with herbs and spices to provide a variety of health benefits including lower blood pressure and fighting diabetes.
Ramune – Japan.
A curry flavoured soft drink, anyone? It sounds completely bizarre to us, but the Japanese love it. Ramune ‘soda’ is also known for its ‘codd-neck’ bottles.
Lava Drinks – India.
Balchaur, a small village in India, is responsible for the curious ‘Lava’ drinks, with flavours that include Cola, Orange and Lemon. The sweetened carbonated beverage and the company intend to deliver great taste and affordability throughout all their drinks.
Kanne – Germany.
In 1981, husband and wife Wilhelm and Christel Kanne were researching how they could help improve the wellbeing of everyone, including animals and nature. They created ‘Kanne Brottrunk’, a cold beverage that is made of fermented bread. It doesn’t sound the best, but since then they have gone on to sell millions of bottles all over Europe!
Hamoud Boualem – Algeria.
Hamoud Boualem is an Algerian soft drinks manufacturing company that produce fizzy drinks for Nations across the globe. They were founded in 1878, which makes them one of the countries oldest companies.
Tribeco – Vietnam.
The last soft drink on this list is arguably the best (or worst, depending on which way you look at it!). Tribeco’s ‘bird’s nest’ flavour is made using white fungus, and yes you did hear that correctly. Made from solidified saliva, the texture to this beverage is quite chunky. Whilst it sounds pretty disgusting, it is said to strengthen the immune system.
Are there any soft drinks on the list that you fancy or would you prefer to stick to the ones you know? Or have you tried any? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
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