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Coca-Cola is a carbonated soft drink sold in stores, restaurants & vending machines in every country except Cuba & North Korea since 1886.

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A SOFT DRINK typically contains carbonated water (although some lemonades are not carbonated), a sweetener, and a natural or artificial flavoring. The sweetener may be sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, sugar substitutes (in the case of diet drinks), or some combination of these. Soft drinks may also contain caffeine, colorings, preservatives, and other ingredients.

Soft drinks are called "soft" in contrast with "hard" alcoholic beverages. Small amounts of alcohol may be present in a soft drink, but the alcohol content must be less than 0.5% of the total volume if the drink is to be considered non-alcoholic. Fruit punch, tea, and other such non-alcoholic beverages are technically soft drinks by this definition but are not generally referred to as such.

Soft drinks may be served chilled, over ice cubes or at room temperature. They are available in many formats, including cans, glass bottles, and plastic bottles (the latter in a variety of sizes ranging from small bottles to large 2-liter containers). Soft drinks are also widely available at fast food restaurants, movie theaters, convenience stores, casual dining restaurants, dedicated soda stores, and bars from soda fountain machines. Soda fountain drinks are typically served in paper or plastic disposable cups in the first three venues. In casual dining restaurants and bars, soft drinks are often served in glasses. Soft drinks may be drunk with straws or sipped directly from the cups.

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  • Almdudler - since 1957. Brand name of a popular carbonated soft drink from Austria.
  • COCA-COLA - introduced 1886. Carbonated soft drink sold in stores, restaurants & vending machines in every country except Cuba & North Korea.
  • DR PEPPER - since 1885. "The Only One You Crave." The number 23 is kind of our thing. So we just had to go all out on Pepper Perks for 2023 — with rewards like Dr Pepper yearly planners, can coolers, and more! Just sign up or log in to start the year off in style.
  • DRANK - since 2008. Soft drink sold in the United States and Canada. It is marketed as an "Anti-Energy" drink which causes relaxation as opposed to a sugar or caffeine jolt.
  • Fanta - since 1940. American-owned German brand of fruit-flavored carbonated soft drinks created by Coca-Cola Deutschland under the leadership of German businessman Max Keith. There are more than 200 flavors worldwide. Fanta originated in Germany as a Coca-Cola alternative in 1940 due to the American trade embargo of Nazi Germany, which affected the availability of Coca-Cola ingredients. Fanta soon dominated the German market with three million cans sold in 1943. The current formulation of Fanta was developed in Italy in 1955.
  • Fritz-kola - since 2003. "Let us wake you up." Soft drink made in north Germany and shipped to many nations in the European Union. It has a relatively high caffeine content and is sold in glass bottles with labels which were originally black and white, using the faces of the two founders in the logo.
  • MONSTER ENERGY - since 1935. As of 2020, Monster held nearly 39% of the $5.7 billion US energy drink market, the second highest share after Red Bull.
  • PEPSY COLA - created & developed in 1893. "Delicious. Refreshing. Pepsi." Carbonated soft drink manufactured by PepsiCo. Originally created and developed in 1893 by Caleb Bradham and introduced as Brad's Drink, it was renamed as Pepsi-Cola in 1898, and then shortened to Pepsi in 1961.
  • Red Bull - since 1987. "Vitalizes Body and Mind." Red Bull Energy Drink is appreciated worldwide by top athletes, busy professionals, university students and travellers on long journeys. Brand of energy drinks of Austrian company Red Bull GmbH. With 38% market share, it is the most popular energy drink brand as of 2019. Since its launch in 1987, more than 100 billion cans of Red Bull have been sold worldwide, including over 9.8 billion in 2021.
  • ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK - energy drink created in 2001. Rockstar products in the US have two levels of caffeine content: either 10 mg of caffeine per ounce, or 15 mg of caffeine per ounce. Rockstar Energy Drink Original contains 160 mg of caffeine per 16 ounce can, while the Rockstar Punched energy drink contain 240 mg of caffeine per 16 ounce can. Besides caffeine and sugar, Rockstar Energy Drink contains a variety of herbs, including panax ginseng, ginkgo biloba, milk thistle extract, and guarana seed.
  • SCHWEPPES - since 1783. Swiss beverage brand that is sold around the world. It includes a variety of lemonade, carbonated waters & ginger ales.
  • SodaStream - since 1991. "Water made exciting." Maker of a consumer home carbonation product based on the principles of making a carbonated drink as originally invented by Guy Gilbey in 1903. The device allows users to take ordinary tap water and carbonate it to create soda water (or carbonated water) to drink. With the addition of one of over 100 different types of concentrated syrups and flavorings produced by SodaStream, owners can create carbonated beverages.
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