Maine Soft Drinks Ltd

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Maine Soft Drinks Ltd. is a company based in Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, which sells soft drinks, cordials and aerated waters. During the 21st-century recession, it remained in Ballymoney while several other companies with large numbers of employees disappeared.[1]

Green lorries[edit]

As well as having a presence in retail outlets, Maine is also known for its fleet of distinctive green lorries which deliver soft drinks door to door in Counties Antrim, Londonderry and Down. The person driving the lorries is often known colloquially as "The Lemonade Man" or The Maine Man or more commonly The Mineral Man.

Many of the products sold by Maine are specific to them in Northern Ireland such as American Cola, Scottish Kola, and Cloudy Limeade; and some are specific to Northern Ireland but not to Maine such as Brown Lemonade.

Depots[edit]

There are depots in Belfast and Mallusk.

Key Roles: Harkness Family Depot Management

Controversy[edit]

In 1998, Maine Soft Drinks product Smak drew the ire of anti-drugs campaigners in Scotland when it went on sale there. They said it could trivialise heroin abuse.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McNeilly, Claire; Henry, Lesley-Anne (18 September 2010). "Ballymoney: Behind the brave faces, a town fears for its future: Ballymoney's residents tell our reporters of their concerns in the recession". The Belfast Telegraph. 
  2. ^ "Residents angered by drink called Smak". The Herald (Glasgow). 16 March 1998.