Big 8 Cola

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Big 8 Cola
Type Soft Drink
Distributor Sobeys
Country of origin Canada
Introduced 1930
Flavour Cola
Variants spring water

Big 8 Cola is a brand of cola sold in Sobeys stores in Atlantic Canada. The Big 8 brand name was created in the 1930s by Fenton and Day Beverages,[1] and is now owned by Sobeys.[2]

Big 8 is also a spring water, manufactured by Big 8 Beverages Ltd. in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Created in the 1930s by Fred Day and his brother-in-law George Fenton. They named their cola Big 8 after the eight-cent price for a bottle roughly a litre in size. Coca Cola wanted to purchase Fenton and Day in 1946, but wouldn't pay what the owners thought the company was worth. Three months later 7-Up Maritimes offered the right price, founders Fenton and Day sold and retired. The Big 8 name stayed idle until Maritime Beverages, under which 7-Up is sold, gave the label to Sobeys free of charge in 1986.

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  1. ^ The Halifax Herald 1989
  2. ^ "Big8 - Corporate Structure". Sobeys Inc. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008.