Thread: Minute Maid Sodas

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    Who remembers the Minute Maid carbonated soft drinks, which Coca-Cola had introduced to extend their Minute Maid fare in 1985 (this was also the year of their infamous "New Coke")?

    The original flavors included the trademark Minute Maid orange, and lemon-lime (the latter already having been a success because of Coke's other brand, Sprite). Both regular and diet versions of the sodas were available.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYJt2-UFLbM
    (Complete product line in 1985)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVW_pW4Fn4E
    (Minute Maid Orange Soda w/ talking oranges - the Orange Orange)

    In 2005, Coke finally decided to discontinue the Orange and Strawberry flavors in favor of Fanta Orange.

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    I remember the soda as well as the orange juice.
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    Dude, right before they stopped making minute maid sodas, they had the bombest orange soda. I think it was called minute maid valencia orange. It was the shit, I'm not even a fan of orange soda either.
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    Quote by ActionBastard
    Dude, right before they stopped making minute maid sodas, they had the bombest orange soda. I think it was called minute maid valencia orange. It was the shit, I'm not even a fan of orange soda either.

    The original formula called for 10 percent of juices, but by 1988 that was reduced to just 2 percent, Coke admitting to the press people were more concerned over taste than juice content. Surely there could've been another wave of complaints a la New Coke!

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    Quote by RetroBen81
    Quote by ActionBastard
    Dude, right before they stopped making minute maid sodas, they had the bombest orange soda. I think it was called minute maid valencia orange. It was the shit, I'm not even a fan of orange soda either.

    The original formula called for 10 percent of juices, but by 1988 that was reduced to just 2 percent, Coke admitting to the press people were more concerned over taste than juice content. Surely there could've been another wave of complaints a la New Coke!

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    I also wonder if certain sodas like this were sent to the soft drink graveyard due to an oversaturation of the market and that people were getting confused because of this oversaturation? Oversaturation can mean decline in sales, too.
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    Quote by RetroBen81
    I also wonder if certain sodas like this were sent to the soft drink graveyard due to an oversaturation of the market and that people were getting confused because of this oversaturation? Oversaturation can mean decline in sales, too.


    That's gotta be part of it, you gain sales of Munite-Maid at the expense of Fanta and Fanta's been around a lot longer. I'm one of the people that expected great taste from a soda called Munite-Maid. To me it tasted just like any other orange soda, nothing special.
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    Wasn't there a Fruit Punch flavor? My high school used to have those at the soda machine. I drank it a lot.

    Edit: Never mind. I was thinking of something else. I, surprisingly, don't remember Minute Maid sodas.
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    • 8 years 7 months ago
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    We used to by the Minute Maid orange all the time. I didn't realize they stopped making it.
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    Burger King down here has Minute Maid orange still on fountain, it's way too carbonated for my liking tho but mixes well with coke.
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    Quote by ActionBastard
    Dude, right before they stopped making minute maid sodas, they had the bombest orange soda. I think it was called minute maid valencia orange. It was the shit, I'm not even a fan of orange soda either.


    That was a really good soda. I recently found an unopened can of it. I hate that Coke only has Fanta now. That soda tastes really watered down and the song in those movie ads was really annoying.
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