The original Almdudler is a sweetened carbonated beverage made of grape and apple juice concentrates flavoured with herbal extracts. Its flavour is similar to ginger ale or elderflower cordial, but with a somewhat fruitier and more bitter flavour. Almdudler has been called the "national drink of Austria". Its popularity in Austria is second only to Coca-Cola. About 80 million litres of the beverage are produced per year.
Almdudler is currently sold in traditional, light (sugar-free), "still" (uncarbonated), and g'spritzt (mixed with carbonated mineral water) versions. In Austria, a Radler variety (mixed with beer), is available as Almradler. In the wine-growing regions of Lower Austria and Burgenland, it is a popular mixer with locally produced red and white wine.
After three years of development, Almdudler was produced from 1957 by the Viennese entrepreneur Erwin Klein (1924–1983). According to the company's website, he derived the name from the then-common phrase auf der Alm dudeln, which means "yodeling in the (alpine) pasture". The drink was originally created and marketed as an alternative to alcoholic beverages or as a mixer for alcoholic drinks.
Klein promoted the popularity of Almdudler through advertising and sponsoring at major sporting events, such as the 1964 Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck. Since 1973, the Almdudler company only functions as a license supplier.
Marketing and distribution
The Almdudler advertising messages succeeded in passing on a kind of Heimat emotion standing out from "global" beverages. The slogan of a widely known advertising campaign, in the local Austro-Bavarian dialect, has become a well-known phrase in Austria: Wenn de kan Oimdudla haum, geh' i wieda ham! (Standard German: Wenn die keinen Almdudler haben, gehe ich wieder heim! English: If they don’t have Almdudler, I'll go back home!). This advertising concept was written by Creative Director Simon North, an Englishman.
- Official website (German)