Passiona

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Passiona
Passiona.png
Type Soft drink
Manufacturer Schweppes Australia
Country of origin Australia
Introduced 1925

Passiona is an Australian passionfruit-flavoured soft drink currently manufactured by Schweppes Australia and originally Cottee's.[1]

Pronounced - Passi-ona A similar passionfruit flavoured soft drink produced by Kirks is Pasito.

History[edit]

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.[2] Passiona was first manufactured in 1924, and described in writing in an address to the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce by Spencer Cottee 1925.[3] In 1926, a factory was set up in Sydney, and in 1927 the drink was marketed to the public.[4]

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.[5] The trademark as also been used by Cottee's jelly crystal range.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cottee's Story - A Journey From Passiona To Cordial And Beyond". cottees.com.au. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Australian food history timeline - Passiona first developed". Australian food history timeline. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  3. ^ 'Passion Fruit Culture', The Brisbane Courier newspaper, 17 September 1925
  4. ^ 'A New Beverage. Advent of Passiona', the Brisbane Courier newspaper, 21 January 1927
  5. ^ 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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