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Weird Facts about Canada Dry®

  • The word Canada denotes the country of the soft drinks' origin and the word dry suggests non-alcoholic beverages.
  • In 1904, J. J. McLaughlin, a Toronto pharmacist who ran a small plant to manufacture soda water to be sold to drugstores as a mixer for fruit juices and flavored extracts, developed a new “dry” ginger ale while trying to improve upon old-style ginger-ale recipes. He named his product McLaughlin's Pale Dry Ginger Ale, later changing the name to Canada Dry Pale Ginger Ale.
  • McLaughlin designed the original Canada Dry trademark—a map of Canada, emblems of the Canadian provinces, and a crouching beaver (the national animal) inside a shield capped with a crown to symbolize “kinglike quality.”
  • Although corner drug stores were the only outlets for distributing carbonated beverages, McLaughlin pioneered techniques for mass bottling to serve Canada Dry at baseball games and public beaches.
  • In 1923, McLaughlin's heirs sold the company for one million dollars to P. D. Saylor and J. M. Mathes who founded the present day Canada Dry Corporation.
  • In 1930, Canada Dry introduced Tonic Water, Club Soda, Collins Mix, and fountain syrup.
  • In 1986, Cadbury Schweppes, the world's first soft drink maker, purchased Canada Dry and Sunkist.
  • Canada Dry was the first major soft drink company to put soft drinks in cans (1953) and introduce sugar-free drinks (1964).
Copyright © 1995- Joey Green. "Canada Dry" is a registered trademark of Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc.
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