Arizona Beverage Company

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Arizona Beverage Company, Ltd.
Type Private
Industry beverage
Founded 1971 (as Ferolito, Vultaggio & Sons)
1992 (as AriZona)
Founder(s) John Ferolito and Don Vultaggio
Headquarters Woodbury, New York, USA
Area served Worldwide
Key people Domenick J. "Don" Vultaggio (Chairman)
John M. Ferolito (President)
Products AriZona teas and juice drinks
Revenue $300 million (1997 est.) [1]
Employees 250 [1]
Parent Hornell Brewing Co., Inc. (D/B/A Ferolito, Vultaggio & Sons)
AriZona Beverage Company corporate headquarters in Woodbury, New York.

Arizona Beverages USA (often labeled AriZona) is a producer of various flavors of iced tea, juice cocktails and energy drinks from the United States, based in Woodbury, New York.[2]

Arizona's "Arnold Palmer blend" of iced tea and lemonade has been commercially available since the 1990s. Arizona is known for its product line of "tall boy" drinks of 23 fl. oz. iced teas and other beverages that retail for around US$1.00.

Arizona came out with its first product, "Arizona Green Tea", in 1992. Almost all of Arizona's products are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, with "light" and "diet" varieties sweetened with Splenda-brand sucralose ("light" teas are half-corn syrup and half-sucralose, while diet drinks are solely sweetened with sucralose). The Black and White variety is sweetened with sugar.

In 1995, Arizona released a line of soda pop drinks under the brand Cowboy Pop.[3] Arizona also released a line of tortilla chip products, consisting of "Nachos 'n' Cheese Dip" and "Salsa 'n' Chips". [4]

History[edit]

The company roots trace back to 1971 when friends John Ferolito and Don Vultaggio opened a beverage distribution business in Brooklyn, New York. The company was a successful beer distributor. In 1990, they saw the success of Snapple (also a Brooklyn-based company founded in the 1970s) bottled juices and teas, and decided to try to make their own product. In 1992 they produced the first bottles of their own Arizona teas.[5]

Products[edit]

Hot Tea[edit]

  • Tea Bags
    • Green Tea with Ginseng & Honey
    • Mandarin Orange Green Tea
    • Pomegranate & Acai Green Tea
    • CCK Green Tea

Tea Mix[edit]

  • Powder
    • Diet Green Tea with Ginseng
    • Lemon Tea
    • Half Tea Half Lemonade
    • Peach Tea
    • Pomegranate Green Tea
  • Liquid
    • Green Tea with Ginseng & Honey
    • Lemon Tea
    • Blueberry Green Tea
    • Watermelon cocktail
  • Powder Stix
    • Diet Green Tea with Ginseng
    • Lemon Tea
    • Peach Tea
    • Pomegranate Green Tea

Tea and Juice[edit]

  • Arnold Palmer Half & Half
    • Lite Iced Tea & Lemonade
    • Zero Iced Tea & Lemonade
    • Iced Tea & Lemonlimeade
    • Black & White Tea
    • Green Tea & Lemonade
    • Iced Tea & Strawberry Lemonade
    • Fruit Juice & Lemonade
  • 50% Juice & Decaf
    • Red Apple Green Tea
  • Iced Teas
    • Southern Style Sweet Tea
    • Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey
    • Diet Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey
    • Iced Tea with Raspberry Flavor
    • Iced Tea with Lemon Flavor
    • Iced Tea with Peach Flavor
    • Iced Tea with Cranberry Flavor

Juice[edit]

  • Ade
    • Lemonade
    • Orangeade
    • Grapeade
  • Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Lemonade
    • Strawberry
    • Lemonade/Pink Lemonade
    • Mint
    • Mango
    • Honey
    • 10 Calorie Honey
  • Fruit Juice
    • Fruit Punch
    • Kiwi Strawberry
    • Mucho Mango
    • Watermelon
    • Sweet Apple
  • Smoothie
    • Orchard Peach
    • Piña Colada
    • Strawberry Colada
    • Sweet Strawberry
    • KaiseeTwist

Energy Drink[edit]

  • AZ Energy
    • Regular
    • Low Carb
  • Green Tea Energy
    • Green Tea
    • Diet Green Tea
    • Pomegranate Green Tea
  • Caution Energy
    • Extreme Performance
    • Low Carb Performance
  • All City NRG (Presented in three authentic, limited-edition subway series cans)
    • Pomegranate Green Tea
  • RxEnergy
    • Regular "Herbal Tonic"

Sports Drink[edit]

  • Hypotonic
    • Lemon-Lime Hypotonic

Water[edit]

  • Vapor
    • Vapor Water
  • Rescue Water
    • Hydrate - Blueberry-Coconut
    • Energy - Lemon-Lime
    • Relax - Berry
    • Detox - Orange
    • Immunity - Pomegranate
  • Organic Water
    • Organic Green Tea
    • Organic Mandarin Orange Green Tea
    • Organic Pomegranate Green Tea
    • Organic Yumberry Green Tea

Soda[edit]

  • Cowboy Pop
    • Chocolate Cola
    • Diet Chocolate Cola
    • Root Beer Float
  • Soda Shaq
    • Original Vanilla Cream
    • Orange Cream
    • Blueberry Cream
    • Strawberry Cream

Beer[edit]

  • Crazy Stallion
  • Le Gato's Drink

Arizona in the United Kingdom[edit]

In The United Kingdom, five different flavours of green teas in 500ml bottles are sold. The beverages are distributed by American Drinks Ltd.

Arizona in Canada[edit]

Arizona sells their 680 ml (23 fl.oz.) canned products in Canada for $.99 CAD. The same products in 473 ml (16 oz) bottles are sold at a premium, roughly 2-3 times the canned price. Arizona Iced tea cans were briefly recalled in Canada in 2007 due to a can defect, before being re-introduced at the $.99 CAD price. They sell a variety of iced tea and juice drinks.

Arizona in Turkey[edit]

In Turkey, seven different flavours of Arizona Iced Tea in 500ml Pet bottles, 473ml Glass Bottles and 355ml Slim Cans are available. The beverages are distributed by www.arizonaicedteaturkiye.com / Dmc Group Turkey

Arizona immigration law[edit]

After the passage of Arizona SB1070, a controversial anti-illegal immigration measure, many businesses associated with the state of Arizona faced protests and boycotts. A tongue-in-cheek post to Twitter calling Arizona Iced Tea "the drink of Fascists" fueled reports of a boycott of Arizona-brand beverages.[6][7][8] In reaction to this, the company posted to its Twitter account that "Arizona is and always has been a NY based company! "[9]

Criticism[edit]

The magazine Men's Health put two of Arizona's products, "Arizona Kiwi Strawberry" and "Arizona Rx Energy", on a list of the 20 unhealthiest drinks of America, citing their high sugar and calorie contents.[10]

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