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Type Soft drink
Manufacturer Simonds Farsons Cisk
Country of origin Malta
Introduced 1952
Color Amber
Variants Kinnie Zest
Diet Kinnie
Related products Krest
Irn Bru
Coca Cola

Kinnie (Maltese pronunciation: [kinːiː]) is a soft drink from Malta. It was first developed in 1952 by Simonds Farsons Cisk.[citation needed]

Kinnie is amber in colour, has a bittersweet flavour, and is drunk straight or mixed with alcohol to create a long drink.[citation needed]


Kinnie was first produced in 1952 as an alternative to the cola drinks that proliferated in post-war Europe.[1]

Kinnie's recipe is kept secret. However the official website provides further information about its ingredients, suggesting that Kinnie owes its bittersweet taste to a blend of Mediterranean chinotto bitter oranges, combined with an infusion of a dozen different aromatic herbs and spices such as anise, ginseng, vanilla, rhubarb and liquorice.[citation needed]

As the health awareness increased over recent decades, a Diet version for Kinnie appeared in 1984. In 2007, a new low calorie version of Kinnie called Kinnie Zest was made available. This has a slightly darker colour and a stronger orange flavour, and is advertised as only having one calorie per bottle. The latest Kinnie variant is Kinnie Vita which is naturally sweetened using a blend of sugar and stevia leaf extract.[citation needed]

Sales locations[edit]

Kinnie vending machine in St. Paul's Bay

Kinnie is exported to the UK, Italy, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands,[2] Libya, and Canada.[citation needed]

In recent years, Simonds Farsons Cisk also started to franchise Kinnie production overseas. As a result, Kinnie is now produced under licence in Australia.[citation needed]

In March 2009, it was announced that Farsons were going to start exporting Kinnie into Russia.[3] In the summer of 2010, Farsons and Kinnie UK Limited soft-launched Kinnie and its two variants in London's West End, reaching almost 100 trial outlets by September 2010.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Simonds Farsons Cisk". Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Kinnie Nederland". Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  3. ^ Farsons to export Kinnie to Russia Times of Malta, 12 March 2009.
  4. ^ Kinnie goes on sale in London Times of Malta, 17 September 2010.

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