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Joseph L. Owades Consultant Sonoma, California


Carbonated beverages, or soft drinks, are the most popular beverages in North America and a growing category worldwide. Per capita consumption in the United States reached 54 gallons per year in 1997. Worldwide consumption is estimated at almost 7.5 gallons per year for every man, woman, and child alive. This has created an industry with estimated annual U.S. sales of over $54 billion, employing more than 136,000 workers, producing hundreds of different flavors.

Few products are as closely associated with American ingenuity, enterprise, and culture as soft drinks. The trademark of the market leader, the Coca-Cola Company, is the most recognized trademark in the world. That one company served an estimated 1 billion customers in 1997. Although a few large corporations dominate sales, there has always been a market for hundreds of small businesses offering unique alternatives to the mass-marketed brand names.

The emergence and growth of this category resulted from the ideas of individuals in the United States and Europe, who found better flavors, better marketing, or better ways of producing their beverages. Although descriptions of naturally carbonated mineral waters date back 2,000 years, the production and distribution of flavored soft drinks began little more than 200 years ago. The development of soft drinks follows (see "History of Carbonated Beverages"). What is a carbonated beverage and how is it different from other beverages?

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