Sprite (soft drink)

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Sprite in 20 oz PET bottles
Sprite is a clear, lemon-lime-flavored (called lemonade in Australia), non-caffeinated soft drink, produced by the Coca-Cola Company. It was introduced to the United States in 1961. This was Coke's response to the popularity of 7 Up, which had begun as "Lithiated Lemon" in 1929. It comes in a primarily green and blue can or a green transparent bottle with a primarily green and blue label. Currently, Sprite is sold in over 190 countries. [1] (http://www2.coca-cola.com/brands/brands_sprite.html)

In the 1980s, many years after Sprite's introduction, Coke pressured its large bottlers that distributed 7 Up to replace the competitor with its own product. In large part due to the strength of the Coca-Cola system of bottlers, Sprite finally took the market leader position in the lemon-lime soda category in 1989.

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Ingredients

Sprite consists of carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sucrose (sugar), citric acid, natural flavors, sodium citrate (a preservative), and sodium benzoate (another preservative).

Variations and Flavors

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Sprite Remix Berryclear in 20 oz PET bottles
  • Diet Sprite Zero: This sugar-free drink originally had began production as "Sugar Free Sprite" in 1974, then renamed to the name "Diet Sprite" in 1983. In other countries, it is known as "Sprite Light". In September 2004, it adapted to its current name. Consequently, "Sprite Light" had been rebranded as "Sprite Zero" in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Sprite Remix: A variation of the original Sprite with several new flavors. The flavors produced since its introduction in 2003 are listed below.
    • Tropical Sprite Remix: This variation of Sprite was first introduced in 2003 with a tropical fruit flavor. Some say it tastes like peach.
    • Berryclear Sprite Remix: This new version of Sprite Remix had been introduced on April 1, 2004, which has a mixed berry flavor.
    • Aruba Jam Sprite Remix: The most recent version of Sprite Remix had been released in April 2005
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Three Sprite cans produced in China: Sprite Icy Mint, Sprite On Fire, and Sprite (from left to right)

Variations in foreign countries

  • Mint flavored Sprite made its debut in Korea in 2002 as Sprite Blue, and as Sprite Ice in Canada and Sprite Ice Cube in Belgium in 2003. Sprite Ice Blue was introduced in Italy and China in 2004, and in Chile on the summer of 2005.
  • Hong Kong on the other hand introduced Sprite on Fire in 2003 - a ginger flavored Sprite with a burning sensation. This flavor also debuted in China in 2004.
  • Hong Kong also introduced Sprite Super Lemon in 2003.
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Sprite Lemon Storm and Sprite Ice 1.5 L PET bottles produced in Singapore (from left to right)
  • Singapore introduced Sprite Ice and Sprite Lemon Storm in 2004.
  • In Japan, Sprite packaging has Sprite Super Dry on the label but it tastes like regular Sprite.

Sprite References

The popular Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas game features a parody of sprite called Sprunk.

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Sprite Ice in 2L and 1.25L PET bottles produced in Australia

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