Soft drinks are a form of carbonated drink which has no alcohol content. They go by other names such as soda, soda pop, pop and tonic. They have been staple beverages with meals and snacks for as long as we can remember. They have been classified into brands, flavors and sizes. One thing is for sure, soft drinks have been a part of our memory from childhood, adulthood and hopefully into old age. In the early times, soft drinks were first used as a medicinal drink. They came in various nomenclatures until they were officially patented by endorsers. The evolution of soft drinks comes a long way until it became a branded drink with various celebrity endorsers.
The term ďsoda waterĒ was first coin for carbonated beverages from the time of its discovery. The first U.S. patent was issued for the imitation of bottled water. In 1819, soda fountain was patented by Samuel Fahnestock. The soda fountain was a place in which the earliest forms of soft drinks can be served. This is often housed together with a pharmacy; a soda fountain counter is a meeting place for people of all ages. It is a form of bar/saloon but it only serves non-alcoholic beverages. Soda fountain declined in number when fast foods and bottled water were in proliferation.
In 1835, the first bottled water was introduced in the United States. In 1850, the first device used to bottle water without much effort was invented. A primitive form of manual hand and foot operated filling and corking device was used to bottle water. In 1885-1886, Dr. Pepper and Coca-Cola were invented. These are one of the major soft drinks widely used worldwide in the near future. The first patent was issued for a glass blower which was used to create bottles for the first soft drinks.
The American Bottlers Of Carbonated Beverages was formed during these times. Since the US census has documented more than 5,000 now exist nationwide. In the early 1920’s the first vending machines for soft drinks were invented. These dispensed sodas into cups. In 1923, sodas which were contained in six pack rings were invented. These were called ďHom-Paks.Ē Fast forward in 1957, the first aluminum cans were used. This paved the way for the soft drinks in a can.
The pull-ring tab was marketed by Pittsburgh Brewing Company of Pittsburgh,P A. It was first invented by Alcoa. In 1963, The Schlitz Brewing Company introduced the first pop top cap for soft drinks. This was invented by Ermal Fraze from Ohio. It was in 1965 in which soft drink cans which can be dispensed from vending machines. The resealable top was also invented during this time. The American Bottlers Of Carbonated Beverages was renamed the National Soft Drink Association. In the 1970’s, plastic bottles were used for soft drinks as a means to reduce cost in production. The PET bottle was invented in this time period as the most commonly used bottle for soft drinks nowadays.