Peace Iced Tea
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Peace Iced Tea (often labeled Peace Tea) is a brand of assorted iced tea flavors manufactured by the Monster Beverage Corporation. The product launched on 21 December 2009. Peace Tea contains no artificial flavors or coloring, although it does contain an artificial sweetener, sucralose. The only flavor not to include sucralose was the Unsweetened Tea (also branded as High Tea), but it was discontinued in early 2012. Peace tea is served in 23 oz cans, and is distributed across the United States.
The Peace Symbol Inspiration
The Peace Symbol is a universal symbol for peace which was the very inspiration behind the creation of Peace Tea. "Peace Tea is whatever you want it to be," says the brand's official Web site, which is festooned with peace signs. Peace Tea "stands for social obligation, social awareness, benevolence, compassion and soul. It can, in the form of a mere liquid, be your own form of poetry, art, music, philosophy, belief system."
The company has taken it upon themselves to promote their products as a form of artwork as to move away from the commercial use of the peace symbol, though the Monster logo can be found in each design.
The Peace Tea can designs were created by Steve Jugan (Peace Tea Brand Manager) and artist John Malloy in homage to the different peace movements throughout history. Mr. Malloy is a mixed-media artist who began drawing at a very young age. He later earned a background in old master's style painting and has since been self-taught in fine art, illustration, comics, and design. His illustrations have been featured in a variety of publications, including The Big Book of Contemporary Illustration and the 'Illusive 3' Book of Contemporary Illustration. His artwork has led each Peace Tea packaging can to tell a story behind a significant peace movement throughout history.
- [ John Malloy]