|Country of origin||Australia|
Pronounced - Passi-ona A similar passionfruit flavoured soft drink produced by Kirks is Pasito.
Originally developed as a cordial by Lismore dairy farmer Spencer Cottee during the 1920s to avoid wasting excess passionfruit on his farm, when carbonated Passiona became a foundation product of the Cottee's range. Passiona was first manufactured in 1924, and described in writing in an address to the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce by Spencer Cottee 1925. In 1926, a factory was set up in Sydney, and in 1927 the drink was marketed to the public.
Newspaper reports from the 1930s mention Australians taking the drink with them overseas to Canada and Jerusalem. In 1934, Cottees Passiona Ltd reported a gross profit of £609.
Cottee granted licences to produce the drink to a number of now defunct Australian bottlers, including Geo. Hall & Sons in South Australia and Bowral Bottlers in the NSW Southern Highlands. The trademark has also been used by Cottee's jelly crystal range.
- "Cottee's Story - A Journey From Passiona To Cordial And Beyond". cottees.com.au. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
- "Australian food history timeline - Passiona first developed". Australian food history timeline. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
- 'Passion Fruit Culture', The Brisbane Courier newspaper, 17 September 1925
- 'A New Beverage. Advent of Passiona', the Brisbane Courier newspaper, 21 January 1927
- Bill Clarkson (1997) The Pioneers Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Chapter One, pg 4, Australian Soft Drink History, www.ozbevnet.com
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