|Country of origin||Switzerland|
|Variants||Red, blue, green, yellow|
Rivella is a soft drink from Switzerland, created by Robert Barth in 1952, which is produced from milk whey, and therefore includes ingredients such as lactose, lactic acid and minerals. It comes in four varieties:
- Red Rivella, the original version
- Blue Rivella, a low calorie version of Red Rivella
- Green Rivella, which is flavoured with green tea extract
- Yellow Rivella, which is made with soy rather than dairy milk extracts
The name "Rivella" was inspired by the Ticino location "Riva San Vitale" and derived from "rivelazione", in Italian, "revelation."
Rivella first appeared in the fifties, and has since become one of the most popular drinks in Switzerland. Due to the saturation in the Swiss market, Rivella SA tried to expand by selling its products in other countries, like the UK in 1999 and in the USA five years later, but both attempts failed. Since then the company concentrates its efforts on Switzerland's neighbors. 90 percent of Rivella's foreign sales are generated in the Netherlands. This amounts to 15 million liters annually.
The exact recipe for Rivella Red is a well-kept secret, these are the known listed ingredients:
- Whey (35%)
- Sugar (76 g of refined sugar and 14 g from whey per liter)
- Acidifier (L(+)-Lactic Acid)
- "Rivella turns yellow in break with tradition". World Radio Switzerland. 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
- Faryal, Mirza (2005-10-25). "Americans fail to get a taste for Rivella. But in 2011 they have decided to start it up in Germany and have been giving out testers.". swissinfo. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
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