Cresta (soft drink)
Cresta was a frothy fruit-flavoured drink produced in the United Kingdom by Schweppes from the early 1970s through to around 2007. It originally came in four different flavours: strawberry, lemon & lime, pineapple and orange; blackcurrant was added later.
Cresta is widely remembered for its 1970s advertising campaign led by a cartoon polar bear (also called Cresta) sporting sunglasses whose attempts at looking suavely cool would be overwhelmed by bouts of uncontrolled enthusiasm when drinking Cresta. The bear's widely quoted catch phrase "It's frothy, man!" summed up the difference between Cresta and more traditionally fizzy soft drinks. This campaign was created by John Webster of Boase Massimi Pollitt, who also invented the Smash instant potato advertisements featuring robotic aliens and the Honey Monster in Sugar Puffs campaigns. Most of the commercials were animated at the Richard Williams Studios for funding on The Thief and the Cobbler.
In popular culture
- Cresta is mentioned, several times, in the song "The Unfortunate Gwatkin" by the band Half Man Half Biscuit on their 2014 album Urge For Offal.
- During the John Inman version of Teddy Bear's Picnic several bears are mentioned including a big bear waving something around and saying "It's frothy man" according to the singer, a thinly veiled reference to the Cresta bear mascot
- Original Cresta ad listing the four flavours
- Advertisement at the time of the introduction of the blackcurrant version (YouTube video)
- PapaBear (2020-01-19). "Cresta Polar Bear". Minka's Bear Passion. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
- Sample Cresta Advertisement (YouTube video)
- Sample Cresta Bear Dialogue, 1974; Bear: Do you know what all the bears up at the North Pole drink when they're thirsty? It's the sea man — the Arctic Ocean! Now me, I'm really into this frothy Cresta — like this strawberry flavour. The day they start making the Arctic Ocean in strawberry is the only day this young bear's going to drink it!
- Tungate, Mark (2007). Adland: A Global History of Advertising. Kogan Page. pp. 91–92. ISBN 9780749452179.
- Goldman, Lawrence (7 Mar 2013). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2005-2008: John Brighton Webster. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 1167–1168. ISBN 9780199671540. Retrieved 31 October 2014.