Canada Dry

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Canada Dry
Canada Dry Logo.png
OwnerKeurig Dr Pepper
Introduced1904; 115 years ago (1904)
MarketsCanada, United States, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Europe, Japan, the Middle East, Africa
Previous ownersCadbury
Canada Dry Ginger Ale Inc.
John J. McLaughlin family

Canada Dry is a brand of soft drinks[2] owned since 2008 by the American company Keurig Dr Pepper.[3] For over a century, Canada Dry has been known for its ginger ale, though the company also manufactures a number of other soft drinks and mixers. Although Canada Dry originated in Canada, it is now produced in many countries around the globe, including the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Japan, and in a number of countries of the Middle East and Europe.

The "Dry" in the brand's name refers to not being sweet, as in a dry wine. When John J. McLaughlin, who first formulated "Canada Dry Pale Ginger Ale", originally made his new soft drink, it was far less sweet than other ginger ales then available; as a result, he labelled it "dry".[4]


Canada Dry logo next to name of an old Iranian abandoned confectionery
1916 Toronto Star ad for the product.

In 1890, Canadian pharmacist and chemist John J. McLaughlin of Enniskillen, Ontario, after working in a soda factory in Brooklyn, New York,[5] opened a carbonated water plant in Toronto.[1] McLaughlin was the eldest son of Robert McLaughlin, founder of McLaughlin Carriage and McLaughlin Motor Car.[6] In 1904, McLaughlin created "Canada Dry Pale Ginger Ale". Three years later, the drink was appointed to the Viceregal Household of the Governor General of Canada, and the label featuring a beaver atop a map of Canada was replaced with the present Crown and shield.[7]

When McLaughlin began shipping his product to New York, it became so popular that he opened a plant in Manhattan shortly thereafter. After McLaughlin's death in 1914, the company was run briefly by his brother, Samuel McLaughlin. P. D. Saylor and Associates bought the business from the McLaughlin family in 1923 and formed Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Inc., a public company.[1]

Canada Dry's popularity as a mixer began during Prohibition, when its flavor helped mask the taste of homemade liquor.[8] In the 1930s, Canada Dry expanded worldwide. From the 1950s onward, the company introduced a larger number of products.

Norton Simon took an interest in the company in 1964, and it merged with Simon's other holdings, the McCall Corporation and Hunt Foods, to form Norton Simon Inc. Dr Pepper bought Canada Dry from Norton Simon in 1982.[9][10] In 1984, Dr Pepper was acquired by Forstmann Little & Company, and Canada Dry was sold to R. J. Reynolds' Del Monte Foods unit to pay off acquisition debt.[11] RJR Nabisco sold its soft drink business to Cadbury Schweppes in 1986. Today, Canada Dry is owned by Keurig Dr Pepper, which was spun off from Cadbury Schweppes in 2008.[1][12]

In 2019, Canada Dry faced a false advertisement lawsuit from the U.S. Government.[13] According to researchers, the drink did not have enough ginger for it have health benefits and for the company to claim that it's "made from real ginger."[14] Instead of defending their ginger content by going to court, they decided to settle by no longer making this claim.[15] Dr Pepper decided to offer payment to those who purchased Canada Dry for personal use since 2013.[16] After the settlement with the U.S. Government, a class-action lawsuit has also been requested in Canada.[17] As of January 2019, Canada Dry still advertised their drinks as "made from real ginger" in Canada.[18]


A can of Canada Dry Ginger Ale with the current logo at Lake Louise
  • Canada Dry Ginger Ale
  • Diet Canada Dry Ginger Ale
  • Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade
  • Diet Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade
  • Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Orangeade
  • Canada Dry Club Soda
  • Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water (unflavored and mineral free)
  • Canada Dry Tonic Water
  • Canada Dry Bitter Lemon
  • Canada Dry Diet Tonic Water
  • Canada Dry Lemon Soda
  • Canada Dry Blueberry Ginger Ale
  • Canada Dry Lime Ricky (retired)
  • Canada Dry Tahitian Treat (now just Tahitian Treat)
  • Canada Dry Hi-Spot, Apple, Tutti (cherry and fruit punch), and Orange
  • Canada Dry Hi-Spot Lithiated Lemon[19]
  • Canada Dry Golden Cockerel Ginger Beer
  • Canada Dry Sparkling Green Tea Ginger Ale
  • Sussex Golden Ginger Ale
  • Cranberry Canada Dry Ginger Ale
  • Diet Cranberry Canada Dry Ginger Ale
  • Canada Dry Blackberry Ginger Ale
  • Canada Dry White Tea Ginger Ale with Raspberry
  • Lemon Ginger Ale (retired)
  • Canada Dry Flavored Sparkling Seltzer Water (Mandarin Orange, Lemon Lime, Cranberry Lime, Raspberry, Pomegranate Cherry, Peach Mango and Triple Berry) available in low sodium and sodium free varieties [20]
  • Cactus Cooler
  • Purple Passion
  • Canada Dry Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Canada Dry Vanilla Cream Soda
  • Canada Dry Cocoa Cream Soda
  • Canada Dry Black Cherry Soda
  • Canada Dry Wild Cherry Soda
  • Canada Dry Spur Cola
  • Canada Dry Sport Cola (a caffeine-free cola introduced in 1968;[21] discontinued in the 1970s)
  • Canada Dry Jamaica Black Cola
  • Canada Dry Rooti Root Beer
  • Canada Dry Barrelhead Root Beer
  • Canada Dry Wink
  • Canada Dry Pink Wink
  • Canada Dry Collins Mixer
  • Canada Dry Quinine Tonic Water Mixer
  • Canada Dry Hi-Grape
  • Canada Dry Concord Grape Soda
  • Canada Dry Sunripe Orange Soda
  • Canada Dry Mandarin Orange Soda
  • Canada Dry Grapefruit Soda
  • Canada Dry Ten

Brands with limited availability[edit]

Limited availability flavors are produced in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey, by Pepsi-Cola/National Brand Beverages and are distributed in southern New Jersey, Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, and eastern Maryland. At one time, the flavors all had uniquely designed labels; but now all use the standard Canada Dry crest logo.[citation needed]

Brands with limited availability in the United States include:

  • Pineapple Canada Dry
  • Peach Canada Dry
  • Black Cherry Wishniak
  • Island Lime
  • Wild Cherry
  • Blackberry Ginger Ale
  • Vanilla Cream
  • Cranberry Ginger Ale (Nationwide however only sold during the Christmas season)

Locale-specific brands[edit]


  • Canada Dry "Dry" Ginger Ale (Japan)
  • Canada Dry "Wet" Ginger Ale (Japan)

Middle East[edit]

South America[edit]

North America

  • Cranberry Ginger Ale (Canada-Christmas season), although also available in the United States in Christmas season
  • Blackberry Ginger Ale (Canada Spring 2016) also sold in some U.S. stores as 20-oz. bottles but not all stores that sell Canada Dry sell the blackberry kind
  • Pineapple Canada Dry (U.S.)
  • Peach Canada Dry (U.S.)
  • Black Cherry Wishniak (U.S.)
  • Island Lime (U.S.)
  • Wild Cherry (U.S.)


Nylon Studios produced the song used in the Rabbit's "Jack's Farm" commercial featuring Canada Dry Ginger Ale.[23] A Cantonese version of the ad was also produced.

See also[edit]



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  2. ^ "Ginger Ales, Seltzer Waters, Sodas | Canada Dry". Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "Canada Dry Mott's - Our History". Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Morris, Evan. From Altoids to Zima: The Surprising Stories Behind 125 Famous Brand Names. Fireside, 2004. p. 23–24.
  5. ^ "The McLaughlins - Sleighs, Buggys, Cars and Ginger Ale". The Clarington Promoter, September 2016, pages 1 and 4. by Myno Van Dyke
  6. ^ Robertson, Heather (October 28, 1995). Driving Force: The McLaughlin Family and the Age of the Car. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 0-7710-7556-1.
  7. ^ Nader, Ralph; Nadia Milleron; Duff Conacher (September 1, 1992). Canada Firsts. McClelland & Stewart. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-7710-6713-6.
  8. ^ Witzel, Michael Karl; Gyvel Young-Witzel (May 1998). Soda pop!: from miracle medicine to pop culture. Town Square Books. p. 68. ISBN 978-0-89658-326-9.
  9. ^ "DR PEPPER TO ACQUIRE CANADA DRY". The New York Times, By Barnaby J. Feder September 16, 1981
  10. ^ "Canada Dry Sold to Dr Pepper Co.", The New York Times, February 3, 1982
  11. ^ "Schweppes to Buy Nabisco's Sunkist, Canada Dry Units". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  12. ^ "Keurig Dr Pepper - Canada Dry". Keurig Dr Pepper. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  13. ^ Drinking, Eating & (January 12, 2019). "Facing false advertising lawsuits, Canada Dry drops claim it is 'made from real ginger' | National Post". Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  14. ^ Drinking, Eating & (January 12, 2019). "Facing false advertising lawsuits, Canada Dry drops claim it is 'made from real ginger' | National Post". Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  15. ^ Drinking, Eating & (January 12, 2019). "Facing false advertising lawsuits, Canada Dry drops claim it is 'made from real ginger' | National Post". Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  16. ^ Aonso, Casey. "Canada Dry Is Being Forced To Pay Out Anyone Who Has Bought Their Ginger Ale Since 2013 Because Of This Lawsuit". Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  17. ^ International, Radio Canada (January 28, 2019). "Canada Dry Ginger Ale- "no ginger" lawsuit settled in U.S., begins in Canada". RCI | English. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  18. ^ International, Radio Canada (January 28, 2019). "Canada Dry Ginger Ale- "no ginger" lawsuit settled in U.S., begins in Canada". RCI | English. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  19. ^ "Display Ad (for Hi-Spot-the delightful lithiated lemon drink)". Daily Boston Globe. April 16, 1948. Archived from the original on August 13, 2002. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  20. ^ "Keurig Dr Pepper Product Facts". Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  21. ^ "The Milwaukee Journal". Google News. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  22. ^ "CCU - Un Mundo de Sabores » Canada Dry Limón Soda". Archived from the original on February 6, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  23. ^ "Nylon Studios Creates Music for New Canada Dry TV Ad". Nylons Studios. Retrieved February 21, 2015.


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