Nesbitt's Orange Soda

Nesbitt's Orange Soda
Nesbitt's Orange Soda

Nesbitt's was a popular brand of orange-flavored soda in the United States for a large part of the 20th century. Nesbitt's was produced and distributed by the Nesbitt Fruit Products Company of Los Angeles, CA. Nesbitt's also produced other flavors of soda under the Nesbitt's and other brands, but none were as popular as the orange variety.

Nesbitt’s brand debuted in 1927, as part of the Nesbitt’s Fruit Products Company line of soda fountain products. Nesbitt’s Orange soda was originally bottled in the late 1930’s. It was soon known as the market leader of orange pop and is well known as one of the most iconic soda brands from the 1940’s and 1950’s. Another claim to fame was their uses of a little know model named Marilyn Monroe in their advertising. This classic orange soda is refreshingly bubbly giving you the orange flavor you have come to love.

Hugh S. Nesbitt founded Nesbitt's Fruit Products Company in 1924 and debuted the Nesbitt's brand in 1927. The company originally produced soda-fountain products and began bottling Nesbitt's Orange in 1938. When they started bottling it in 1939 it was distinguished by being made from 10% California orange juice (this is no longer true even from the vintage style bottling companies, see the ingredients below for the high fructose corn syrup version you'll get from anything available recently). Featuring advertisements by a then-unknown Marilyn Monroe and proclaiming itself to be the "largest selling bottled orange drink in the world", Nesbitt's had become the US market leader of orange soda by the late 1940s, edging out established market leader Orange Crush. Nesbitt's Orange Soda continued to dominate the market until the 1960s, where it was overtaken by Fanta and faded in popularity.

Nesbitt's Orange Soda was available through Beverages Direct & Orca Beverage, but appears to have been discontinued as of ~2021. Seemingly because Keurig Dr Pepper has stopped supplying the soda base. We assume because there are so many other similar high fructose / high sugar orange sodas available and that any sugars as an ingredient continue to fall out of favor.


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    carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative), modified food starch, glycerol abietate, natural flavor, red #40, yellow #6, and brominated vegetable oil.

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