Shasta (soft drink)

Shasta (soft drink)
Shasta Beverages, Inc.
Industry Beverages
Founded 1889, Maryland
Headquarters Hayward, California, United States
Area served United States
Products Soft drink
Parent National Beverage Corp.
Subsidiaries Shasta West
Shasta Beverages International
Shasta Midwest
Shasta Northwest
Shasta Sales
Shasta Sweetener Corporation[1]
Shasta Soda
Type Soft drink
Manufacturer Shasta Beverages
Flavour various

Shasta Beverages is a U.S. soft drink manufacturer, which markets a value-priced soft drink line with a wide variety of soda flavors, under the brand name Shasta Soda. The company name is derived from Mount Shasta and an associated spring.



Shasta began as The Shasta Mineral Springs Company in Baltimore, Maryland on December 6, 1889. In 1928 the name was changed to The Shasta Water Company. It produced bottled mineral water from Shasta Springs in Northern California. The water was poured into glass-lined railroad cars and shipped off for local bottling.

In 1931, Shasta produced its first soft drink, a ginger ale. Until the 1950s, the company's products were mainly mixers for alcoholic drinks: mineral water, club soda, and ginger ale.

partially obscured vintage billboard for Shasta Orange Soda (San Francisco, California, 2004)

Shasta introduced new marketing strategies in 1950s,[2] which became industry standards: the packaging of soft drinks in cans, the introduction of low calorie soft drinks, and the distribution of cans and bottles directly to grocers through wholesale channels.[3]

By 1960, Shasta was a well-known brand in the western United States. During the 1960s, Shasta was purchased by Consolidated Foods (later known as Sara Lee) and was renamed Shasta Beverages. In 1985, it was acquired by the National Beverage Corp., which also owns the similarly marketed Faygo line of sodas.

Shasta Tiki Punch


Ad campaign slogans over the years have included:

  • "Shasta! It hasta be Shasta!" (1950s to present)
  • "I want a pop, pop, pop! I want a Shhhhhhhhhhhasta, Shasta!" (1980s)

In 2009, the company launched a TV ad campaign and Youtube site. [4] The commercials show people being hit in the head with a can of Shasta, with the catch line "Some people wouldn't know a good deal if it hit 'em in the head."


In addition to soft drinks, they produce the traditional mixers Club soda and Tonic water. Shasta introduced at one time a line of flavors targeting Hispanic customers.()

Soda flavors

Shasta produces more than 30 varieties of soda[5], including:

  • Apple
  • Black Cherry
    • Diet Black Cherry
  • California Dreamin' (Orange creamsicle)
  • Club Soda
  • Cola
    • Cherry Cola
    • Diet Cola
  • Creme soda
    • Diet Creme Soda
  • Dr. Shasta (similar in name to Dr Pepper)
    • Diet Dr. Shasta
  • Fiesta Punch
  • Ginger ale
    • Diet Ginger Ale
  • Grape
    • Diet Grape
  • Grapefruit Zazz
    • Diet Grapefruit
  • Kiwi Strawberry
  • Lemon Lime Twist
  • Mountain Rush (similar in name to Mountain Dew)
  • Orange
    • Diet Orange
  • Pineapple
  • Pineapple Orange
  • Raspberry Creme (vanilla raspberry)
  • Red Pop
  • Root beer
    • Diet Root Beer
  • Strawberry
    • Diet Strawberry
  • Tiki Punch (similar in name to the non-carbonated Hawaiian Punch drink)
  • Tonic Water
  • Very Cherry Twist

Former flavors

  • Chocolate
    • Diet Chocolate
  • Cranberry
  • Guava / Passion fruit
  • Horchata (based on the Mexican drink of rice, cinnamon and vanilla)
  • Iced tea with Lemon
  • Jamaica (hibiscus flavored)
  • Diet Kiwi Strawberry
  • Lemonade
  • Mango
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit
  • Sangría (based on the Spanish wine/citrus drink, nonalcoholic)
  • Strawberry Peach
    • Diet Strawberry Peach
  • Tamarindo
  • Tiki Blue
  • Tiki Mist
  • Tiki Orange Mango
  • Diet Twist Lime Lemon
  • Fruit punch (both carbonated and still)
  • Vanilla Cola
    • Diet Vanilla Cola
  • Wild Raspberry (1970s)

In 1993, Shasta produced 8oz cans, marketed to children, with flavors such as Mario Punch and Princess Toadstool Cherry.[6]

During 2003–2006, Shasta sold soft drinks called Shasta Shortz that were marketed to children. Shasta Shortz products were again packaged in 8oz 'mini cans' instead of the typical 12oz soda can, and had sweeter and more candy-like flavors.[7] Flavors included Bubble Gum, Camo Orange Creme, Chillin' Cherry Punch, Cotton Candy, Rah-Rah Root Beer and Red Grape Stain.


Shasta uses high fructose corn syrup as the sugar source in their drinks. Shasta diet soft drinks use sucralose and acesulfame potassium as non-nutritive sweeteners. Some of their sugar-based drinks, including their Cola, use a combination of high fructose corn syrup and sucralose. Ingredients for some of their sodas are as follows[8] (in decreasing order by % of product):

  • Diet Cola: carbonated water, caramel color, phosphoric acid, citric acid, potassium citrate, sucralose, potassium benzoate (a preservative), caffeine, acesulfame potassium, natural flavor
  • Root Beer: carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, natural and artificial flavor, potassium benzoate
  • Tiki Punch: carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, potassium benzoate, gum acacia, natural and artificial flavor, glyceryl abietate, red 40, sucralose
  • Kiwi Strawberry: carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, natural and artificial flavor, potassium benzoate, sucralose, lactic acid, red 40
  • Orange Soda: carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, malic acid, gum acacia, potassium benzoate, glyceryl acetate, yellow 6, natural flavor, calcium disodium EDTA, brominated vegetable oil, citric acid, red 40


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