Not one grape soda brand breaks the top 10 for best selling sodas in the United States. The favorites are predictably the colas, Dr Pepper, and the lemon lime soda brand Sprite. However, grape soda is still loved by many, including Green Bay Packers great Aaron Rodgers. His preferred grape soda brand is Grape Crush.
Grape Soda Brands
Boylan Bottleworks Grape
Boylan Bottling started in 1891 making birch beer. It has since had great success with its line of sodas, particularly with root beer, ginger ale, creme soda, and black cherry.
Boylan’s grape soda has no caffeine and is sweetened with cane sugar. The manufacturer states it has an oaky Concord grape flavor.
Crush is a brand of Keurig Dr Pepper. It was launched in 1911 as an orange soda and has since added such flavors as grape, strawberry, pineapple, watermelon, peach, cherry, and grapefruit to its flavors.
Crush Grape has 160 calories and 43 grams of sugar per 12 ounce can. It is caffeine-free and is sweetened by high fructose corn syrup. It is widely available across North America and is available in the following sizes: 12 fl oz, 16 fl oz, 16.9 fl oz, 20 fl oz, and 2 liter.
Fanta was first developed during World War II at Coca-Cola Germany. The war made it challenging for the Coca-Cola Germany to obtain Coca-Cola syrup for production of Coke, so a man named Max Keith (head of Germany Coca-Cola) was proactive and made his own soda for the local market. It was made from beet sugar, whey, and apple fibre. It was named Fanta with a taste similar to ginger ale. The signature Fanta orange flavor was later developed in Italy 1955 and came to the U.S. market in 1960.
There are now over 100 flavors of Fanta globally. A 12 ounce can has 170 calories and 44 grams of sugar. This grape soda brand is caffeine-free and sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. The available sizes according to Fanta.com are 12 fl oz, 20 fl oz, and 2 liters.
Faygo is soda brand based out Detroit, Michigan and owned by National Beverage. Faygo has been in business since 1907 with grape being one of three of the original flavors. The other two were strawberry and fruit punch. The company was originally called Feigenson Brothers Bottle Works (named after the founders), but it was wisely shortened to Faygo in 1921.
The company now makes an wide array of soda, including grape. The grape soda is available in 12 fl oz cans, 12 fl oz bottles, 20 fl oz, 24 fl oz, and 2 liter sizes. A 12 ounce can has 170 calories and 42 grams of sugar. It is sweetened by high fructose corn syrup and has zero caffeine.
Frostie Concord Grape Soda
Frostie began in 1939 when it was known as The Frostie Beverage Company. In the 1970s, Frostie’s parent company actually owned Stewart’s Restaurant, which is linked to the Stewart’s soda brand featured below. However, the Frostie brand was sold in the late 1970s. After a few owners, it is now owned by Intrastate Distributors located in Detroit.
The grape soda is made with pure cane sugar with 40 grams of sugar per 12 ounces. A 12 ounce bottle has 160 calories.
Grapico is a grape soda brand found in the Southeast United States. It launched in 1916. The brand was acquired by the current owner Buffalo Rock in 1981. At that time, the beverage was only distributed in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. It has since spread to the entire Southeast with bottling completed in Columbus, Georgia.
Grapico is available as a regular or diet grape soda. Grapico regular (12 fl oz) has 140 calories with 35 grams of sugar. It is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup and sucralose. Grapico is a caffeine-free beverage.
Hank’s Gourmet Grape
Hank’s Gourmet Beverages is based out of Philadelphia. The company focuses on using premium ingredients. Their products can be found in 40 states, but if you are in one of the states that does not sell Hank’s, you can order it online.
The grape soda is sweetened with invert sugar with 44 grams per 12 ounces. This is a caffeine-free beverage with 170 calories in a 12 ounce serving.
Jones Soda is known for customer submitted photos being used as artwork on its soda bottles. They have been in operation since 1996 with grape being one of the six original flavors. The grape soda is sweetened with inverted cane sugar with 42 grams of sugar per 12 ounce bottle. It is free of caffeine.
Nehi was started in 1924 by Chero-Cola. The name “Nehi” is purportedly derived from “knee-high” in reference to a competitors bottle sizes. In addition to cola, they produced orange, grape, peach, and root beer flavors. The cola formula eventually changed and it was renamed RC Cola.
Nehi grape soda is sweetened with sugar and contains no caffeine. A 12 ounce serving has 180 calories and 47 grams of sugar.
NuGrape is a grape soda brand that is primarily sold in southeastern America. It was first developed in 1906 by John James Mangham, but wasn’t first bottle until about 15 years later. The grape soda is sweetened with cane sugar and has approximately 48 grams of sugar. It does not contain caffeine.
Old Colony UVA
Old Colony is a Puerto Rican grape soda. It is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. A can has 210 calories with 56 grams of sugar. If you like your grape soda sweet, give Old Colony a try if you can get your hands on it.
Shasta started as a mineral springs company in 1889. However, 42 years later it would be producing its first soda which was a ginger ale. The company was purchased by National Beverage Corporation in 1985.
Shasta makes an assortment of soda flavors including grape. The available sizes of grape include 12 fl oz, 24 fl oz, 2 liter, 2.5 liter, 3 liter. A 12 ounce can has 150 calories with 37 grams of sugar. This is a caffeine-free beverage sweetened by sucralose and high fructose corn syrup.
Stewart’s soda was first a fountain soda found in Stewart’s Restaurants that were started in 1924. The root beer began to be bottled and sold in 1990 with other flavors being released through the years. Stewart’s bottled soda is manufactured by Keurig Dr Pepper.
The current soda flavors of Stewart’s are grape, root beer, diet root beer, orange ‘n cream, diet orange ‘n cream, black cherry wishniak, cherries ‘n cream, cream soda, birch beer, and key lime.
Stewart’s grape soda comes in a 12 ounce bottle. It has 180 calories and 45 grams of sugar. It is sweetened by cane sugar and does not have caffeine.
When most people think of Sunkist soda, the orange flavor is likely first to come to mind. Sunkist is actually has several different flavors of soda including grape, strawberry, cherry limeade, pineapple, peach, and fruit punch. The brand hit stores shelves in 1979 and is currently manufactured by Keurig Dr Pepper.
The available sizes of Sunkist Grape are 12 fl oz can, 16 fl oz, 20 fl oz, and 2 liter. It has 170 calories and 45 grams of sugar in 12 ounces. It contains no caffeine and is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup.
Towne Club Grape
Towne Club launched in the 1960s in Detroit. It is owned by Instrastate Distributors along with fellow grape soda brand, Frostie. Towne Club is made in 16 ounce bottles and has pure cane sugar as an ingredient.
Welch’s Grape Sparkling Soda
Welch’s started as a grape juice company over 150 years ago. They are headquartered in Concord, Massachusetts and work as a co-op consisting of over 1,000 farmers in North America. They became famous for their grape juice but eventually diversified into other products such as jams, fruit snacks, and sodas.
The sodas made by Welch’s include grape, orange, strawberry, fruit punch, pineapple, berry, ginger ale, and lemonade
Welch’s grape soda comes in 12 ounce cans, 20 ounce bottles, and 2 litters. It contains no caffeine and has 200 calories per 12 ounce can with 49 grams of sugar. It is sweetened by high fructose corn syrup.
Zevia is known for producing zero calorie sodas sweetened with stevia leaf extract. The company began in 2007 in response to the demand for sodas that were not heavy on sugars and artificial ingredients. Zevia makes a variety of flavors such as grape, cola, orange, and lemon-lime soda.
The grape soda is free of caffeine, calories, and sugars. The ingredients include carbonated water, citric acid, stevia leaf extract, and natural flavors.
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