The Quick 10: 10 Coca-Cola Beverages You Won’t Find on U.S. Shelves
According to the Coca-Cola Company’s website, they currently manufacture 3500 different products in over 200 countries. Here are 10 unique Coca-Cola beverages you probably won’t find in your local grocery store.
1. Café Zu
This Thailand coffee is not for the lazy. Or the ladies. The official brand statement says CAFÉ ZU is a “ready-to-drink canned coffee with ginseng developed for hard-working males between 25 and 35 years old.”
This carbonated energy drink is sold exclusively in Vietnam, although it is reportedly named after the Japanese warrior. Sorry kids, according to Coke, “Samurai is enjoyed by Vietnamese adults who need an energy boost.” Its sweet ‘Fruit Punch’ flavor is tailored to the Vietnamese palate.
3. Jaz Cola
Coca-Cola produces many custom beverages for the Philippines, but the cola-flavored Jaz Cola is intended for an even more specific audience. Not only was it created for consumers living in the Visayan Islands- the main middle island – it has reportedly “fueled Visayan pride among its teen consumers.”
Brazilians go crazy for the local guarana berry, whose natural caffeine makes it a popular ingredient in many energy drinks. Coca-Cola cashed in on the craze with their soft drink Kuat, named for an Amazonian sun god, which comes in plain Guarana or Guarana-Orange. They planted supplementary acres of guarana to supply Kuat production.
Oasis is juice for grown-ups living in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Specifically, Coca-Cola envisions it for “working twenty-somethings who know what they want out of life.”
From the corporation that brought you Oasis comes Limca, a lemon-lime soft drink sold in India, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates and Zambia. It originated in India, but was acquired by Coca-Cola in 1993. According to the company, the beverage “continues to build a loyal following among young adults who love the lighthearted way it complements the best moments of their lives.”
7. The Wellness from Coca-Cola
In light of recent criticism of sugary drinks, Coca-Cola has developed a whole wing of health-conscious products. One of these is aptly called “The Wellness.” Despite the English name, this unflavored beverage is only available in Japan and is “designed for women who want to look their best at all times.”
Tiky is a pineapple-flavored soft drink sold only in Guatemala. In addition to quenching your thirst, Tiky will “enhance your positive attitude and release your inner child.”
Despite the title, this colorful beverage has little to do with brains. Smart was one of the first soft drinks Coca-Cola created just for China and its rapidly expanding consumer market. Geared towards Chinese teens and children, Smart was designed to have a “fun, non-conforming personality.” It’s available in flavors such as Apple, Grape, Mandarin Orange, Peach and Watermelon.
With a blue cartoon mascot who somewhat resembles a cat, Qoo is a very popular light juice drink among children in Asia. It keeps parents happy with its Vitamin C and Calcium content. Along with traditional flavors like Apple and Orange, Qoo is available in a wide variety of unusual flavors such as Acerola Lemon, Blackcurrant, Grape Lemon, Honey Quince, Mango Milk and Peach Plum. It’s currently available in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, the Republic of Korea and Singapore.