Delicious Sparkling Temperance Drinks

Ting

Jamaica
Ting

History

Eugene Peter Desnoes and Thomas Hargreaves Geddes formed a partnership in 1918 to make carbonated beverages. Desnoes & Geddes also sold imported liquor and beer until establishing the Surrey Brewery in Kingston to produce their own Red Strip beer in 1928. In 1966 a larger soft drink bottling plant was added in Montego Bay. In 1999 Desnoes & Geddes sold the soda pop bottling side of its business to the Pepsi-Cola Jamaica Bottling Co. which continues to produce the D&G brands under license.

Desnoes & Geddes created Ting in 1976. The name means simply "thing" in Jamaican patois. The drink is flavored with Jamaican grapefruit and packaged in green bottles. The drink was first sold in the UK in 1988, along with Old Jamaica Ginger Beer, but efforts to enter the US market were hindered by a lawsuit in 1992 by Kraft Foods, maker of Tang powdered orange drink. The lawsuit was finally settled and Ting was allowed to license its name from Tang.

Strangely enough, just five years later the company fought another trademark battle over a grapefruit drink in a green bottle named Zing made by Kingston Miami Traders, which Ting won over Zing.

Review

Mmmm! What a refreshing and peppy grapefruit smell. Its only got 6% juice, but grapefruit is such a strong flavor.

This soda pop is sizzly, almost spicy like a ginger beer, although unlike a ginger beer there is no pepper in it. Tastes a bit like a really sour lemonade.

fizz 2

refreshment 5

score 4

sweetness 3

flavor 5

Ingredients

Filtered water, sugar, concentrated grapefruit juice, citric acid, natural grapefruit flavor, sodium citrate, carbon dioxide.

Made by

Pepsi-Cola Jamaica Bottling Co.
214 Spanish Town Rd
Kingston 11
Jamaica

www.tingjamaica.com

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