Cawy Bottling Company

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Cawy Bottling Company
IndustrySoda beverage company
FoundedCuba, 1948

Cawy Bottling Company is a soda beverage company founded in Cuba in 1948[1] and nationalized after the Cuban Revolution when communists took over in 1959. Two of the company's executives emigrated to the U.S. and restarted the brand in 1962, first offering lemon-lime soda and then diversifying outside of that competitive market by offering Materva (a yerba mate flavored soda) and then other tropical flavors.[1][2]


Cawy's soda brands include lemon-lime soda, Materva, Jupiña, Champ's Cola and Quinabeer. Jupiña is the company's best-selling line. Other offerings from the company include Cawy Watermelon, Coco Solo (a coconut soda), Fruti Cola (a red cola), Malta Cawy (a Malta (soft drink)), Trimalta, Rica Malt Tonic, and Rica Orange Mandarin. An article in Spin (magazine) described the watermelon soda as "horrible tasting", adding that it is "a perfect example of why certain flavors just weren't meant to be carbonated."[3]


Jupiña (pronounced hoo-peen-yah) is a sweet pineapple flavored carbonated beverage. The name is from a condensed version of "Jugo de Piña (juice of pineapple).[4]


Quinabeer is a carbonated beverage produced by Cawy Bottling Company. It is very sweet with hints of orange and cherry flavor.[5] It has been described as tasting like a combination of cream soda and cola.[6] Another source says it is "like root beer, but sweeter".[7]

Quinabeer cans feature a stylized drawing of a bicep flexing "Champion George Prince". The same figure also adorns Cawy's Champ's Cola,[5] a lighter version of Quinabeer.[6]


Cawy's beverages are distributed in the United States, Canada, Central America and Spain.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Cawy Bottling Co., Inc. Company Information". Hoovers. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  2. ^ Cubans: an Epic Journey: The Struggle of Exiles for Truth and Freedom
  3. ^ Keeping it Unreal; The artificial intelligence of synthetic flavors SPIN Nov 1997 page 60
  4. ^ Sabor!: A Passion for Cuban Cuisine by Ana Quincoces Rodriguez
  5. ^ a b George Prince Loves Quinabeer Soda Survey by Sebastian Del Marmol August 24, 2010 Miami New Times
  6. ^ a b "WEEKLY FIZZ: Champ's Cola | George Prince Endorsed Since Sometime in the 20th Century". Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  7. ^ Judson, Lyman Spicer V. (1952). Your holiday in Cuba. Harper.

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