In 1890, Chemist John J. McLaughlin of Toronto, started to manufacture soda water, which he sold to drugstores in siphons as a mixer for fruit juices and flavoured extracts.
14 years and hundreds of experiments later, McLaughlin finally perfect the formula for his Canada Dry Pale Ginger Ale. He also developed mass bottling techniques and serving Canada Dry wherever people gathered. In 1923, P. D. Saylor and Associates purchased the entire company from the McLaughlin family and formed the public corporation, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Inc.
The perfect mixer to mask the taste of home brew during Prohibition, Ginger Ale became a roaring ‘success during the ’20s and saw the high price of 35 cents for a 355ml bottle. During the ’30s Canada Dry introduced both Club Soda and Tonic Water. In the ’50s and ’60s, Canada Dry was the first of the major soft drink companies to introduce sugar-free drinks and put soft drink beverages in cans.
In the ’80s Canada Dry saw several ownership changes including being acquired by Cadbury Schweppes of London. Today, the Canada Dry brand is part of Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. In 2004, Canada Dry celebrated its 100th anniversary with the Festival of Fire sponsorship, which takes place every July on Toronto’s waterfront.
Canada Dry has continued to innovate with the launch of Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale in March 2008. In May 2009, Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale was honoured with a Grand Prix New Product Award, for demonstrating excellence in quality, originality, design and packaging.
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