Big 8 Beverages

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Big 8 Cola
Type Soft drink
Manufacturer Big 8 Beverages
Distributor Sobeys
Country of origin Canada
Introduced 1930; 88 years ago (1930)
Flavour Cola
Variants Spring water, lemonade, limeade, orangeade, root beer, ginger ale

Big 8 Beverages[1] is a soft drinks company based in the town of Stellarton, near New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada. Established in 1986 and owned by the Sobeys chain of supermarkets,[2] which is also headquartered in Stellarton, the company produces fizzy soda drinks of a wide range of flavours, and also bottles mineral water for home or office consumption.


The Big 8 brand name was created in the 1930s by Fenton and Day Beverages,[3] and is now owned by Sobeys.[4] 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.

Soft drink flavours[edit]

  • Cola
  • Diet Cola
  • Big Up
  • Diet Big Up
  • Root Beer
  • Spruce Beer
  • Ginger Ale
  • Diet Ginger Ale
  • Golden Ginger Ale
  • Cranberry Ginger Ale
  • Blackberry Ginger Ale
  • Cranberry/Raspberry
  • Sparkling Lemonade
  • Diet Sparkling Lemonade
  • Lime
  • Grape
  • Cream Soda
  • Mountain Burst
  • Orange
  • Diet Orange
  • Pineapple
  • Vanilla Cola
  • Big 8 Dr Zip (Similar to Dr Pepper)

Bottled water[edit]

  • Soda Water
  • Sparkling Lemon-Lime Water
  • Sparkling Water
  • Tonic Water
  • Spring Water


  1. ^ Katsriku, George. "Big 8 Beverages | Providing high quality water and soft drinks to our customers for over 25 years". Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Export Spotlight: Big 8 Beverages Ltd. | Nova Scotia Business Inc". Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  3. ^ The Halifax Herald 1989
  4. ^ "Big8 - Corporate Structure". Sobeys Inc. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. 

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