Ting (soft drink)
|Manufacturer||Pepsi-Cola Jamaica Bottling Company|
|Distributor||Brooklyn Bottling Group
Cott Beverage Limited (UK)
|Country of origin||Jamaica|
Ting is a carbonated beverage popular in the Caribbean. It is flavored with Jamaican grapefruit juice (from concentrate), and is both tart and sweet. Ting comes in a green glass bottle, green plastic bottle or more rarely in a green and yellow can. Like Orangina, the beverage contains a small amount of sediment consisting of grapefruit juice pulp. Ting is produced in the United Kingdom under license by Cott Beverages. Ting also now makes Pink Ting Soda, Diet Ting Soda, and Ginger Beer.
Ting was first produced in 1976 by Desnoes & Geddes Limited. Desnoes & Geddes Limited was acquired by Guinness in 1993 with a 51% share. With Desnoes and Geddes moving to focus on beer alone, its soft drink facility in Jamaica was acquired in 1999 by PepsiCo affiliate Pepsi-Cola Jamaica, located in Kingston, Jamaica. Ting is distributed throughout the Caribbean, the United States, and Canada. Outside these regions it is not commonly available, although it is also produced in the UK using Jamaican grapefruits, and is widely available at Tesco.
Ting has also been known to be mixed with citrus vodka to create Ving, an alcoholic version of the drink. On St. Kitts, it is frequently mixed with rum for the local favorite "Ting 'n Sting". It has become a popular mixer in addition to its success as a non-alcoholic beverage. A Ting and a patty is a very popular Jamaican snack.
Ting was also a local popular favorite soda of mid-eastern Wisconsin that existed prior to the arrival of Jamaican Ting. Produced by the Kist Bottling Company and later by the Wisconsin Waupaca Bottling Company, Wisconsin-made Ting came in assortment of flavors, such as Cream Soda, Grapefruit, Cola, Orange, Grape, and a few others. This version of Ting is no longer available, due to a lapse in trademark renewal that allowed Jamaican Ting to take over as the "Ting" soda to be allowed distribution in the United States. Many of the same flavors are now produced in the classic Ting's distinctive glass bottles as "Flavor 8" soda in New London, Wisconsin.