Virgin Drinks

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Virgin Drinks
Former type Cola, Vodka, Energy Drinks
Defunct 2007
Products Virgin Cola, Virgin Vodka

Virgin Drinks was a subsidiary of the Virgin Group owned by Richard Branson. It marketed Virgin Cola and Virgin Vodka.

The company started in 1994 in-conjunction with Cott to over-see and manage the product of Virgin Cola, Virgin's first ever drink. The company first based in Folkestone, Kent in the United Kingdom. Virgin Cola launched in early 1994. The drink had big enough success to the extent for Virgin Drinks to later go onto produce Virgin Vodka to add to their portfolio.

The company has previously also tried to market a range of beverages in the same functional energy class as Red Bull and Red Devil. These beverages were available in three different flavours (including Lemon and Lime) and were marketed in day-time versions (Virgin DT) and night-time versions (Virgin NT, a FAB with added vodka). These were only around for a very short amount of time.

After thirteen years of success of Virgin Cola, the brand started to massively decline as rival Coca-Cola had made exclusive distribution deals in big stores and restaurants. This led to Virgin only being sold in select supermarkets and local stores. Virgin Group decided it could not compete with cola rivals. In 2007, Virgin Drinks sold over the rights of Virgin Cola to a company called Silver Spring Soft Drinks. Virgin Vodka was discontinued when Virgin Drinks failed to find a buyer. Virgin Drinks were made defunct in 2007.

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