Rose's lime juice
Rose's lime juice, often known simply as Rose's, is a line of juice products first patented in 1867. The range includes both the original concentrated squash or cordial and also diluted drink mixers. The company is now owned by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, part of its Mott's division.
Lauchlan Rose patented the method used to preserve citrus juice without alcohol in 1867. The Merchant Shipping Act of that same year required all ships of the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy to provide a daily lime ration to sailors to prevent scurvy. The product became nearly ubiquitous, hence the term "limey" for British sailors. The brand was introduced to the United States in 1901.
The first factory producing lime juice was set up (by Rose) on Commercial Street in Leith, Scotland in 1868. After the end of World War II, the company saw its market share in the UK grow. In 1957, Schweppes acquired the company and operated it in the UK until it purchased Mott's in 1982. Cadbury Schweppes merged the operations of the two brands and Rose's operations were transferred to the United States.
When Cadbury divested its US beverage operations in 2008, Rose's was transferred to the newly formed Dr Pepper Snapple Group. High fructose corn syrup is used in the U.S., while sugar is used in Canada.
In the United Kingdom, Rose's Lime Juice Cordial is manufactured and distributed by Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd. In New Zealand, the label states it is made under "the authority" of Schweppes Holdings Ltd by Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ). It also bears the notation that Schweppes Holdings Ltd holds a Royal Warrant to HM Queen Elizabeth II as manufacturers of Schweppes and Rose's soft drinks.
The ingredients in the modern USA product, listed in order of concentration are: water, high fructose corn syrup, lime juice concentrate, sodium metabisulfite (preservative #223), natural flavors, Blue 1. Comparatively, in New Zealand, the list is water, lime juice from concentrate (32%), sugar, food acid 330, and preservative 223 - and when mixed 1:4 (20% concentrate), contains 6.4% fruit juice.
Over its history the company added other products to its line-up, including a non-alcoholic triple sec, grenadine, and sweet and sour. The company added a line of flavoured martini drink mixers in the early 2000s. In 2006, the company expanded its product line to feature a brand of mojito flavourings.
A licensed brand of lime marmalade is also produced in the United Kingdom, and a lemon cordial is also available in New Zealand.
- Rose's UK web site
- Rose's US web site
- Dr Pepper Snapple consumer beverage mixer web site
- Dr Pepper Snapple commercial beverage mixer web site