Portello (soft drink)

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Portello (also known as Portino[1] and Ruby Mello[2]) is a carbonated grape and berry flavored soft drink, its rich, fruity flavour can be compared to port wine or cola.[3] It is believed to have originated in London, England in the 18th century, before spreading to colonies of the British Empire.[4]

Currently, the trademark for 'Portello' is owned by Coca-Cola Amatil, leading smaller Australian brands such as Wimmers to use the name 'Portino' instead.[5]

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In Australia, portello has been manufactured since the late 19th century. Varieties are currently produced by Kirks, Diet Rite (from Tru Blu Beverages), River Port, Woodroofe, Trend Drinks and Hartz.

A grape flavoured soft drink named Portello was manufactured by Jubilee Ice and Soda Works in Uganda in the late 1940's. It was said to be more popular in Busoga than drinks produced by Coca-Cola and Pepsi.[6]

Portello Fanta is currently sold by The Coca-Cola Company in Sri Lanka.

A similar, however unrelated drink named "Portello" was developed in northern Sweden in the 1920's by Malmbergets brewery.

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  1. ^ "Aygee Gippsland :: Portino". www.aygee.com.au. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  2. ^ "Retail". www.alpinebeverages.com.au. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Wimmers Originals". www.wimmers.com.au. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Cordial: Portello". www.murraybreweries.com.au. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  5. ^ Badrick, Tim (2011-08-12). "Lost Treasures Music Review : WIMMERS PORTELLO RENAMED PORTINO TO SIDESTEP A COCA COLA ANTI-COMPETITION TRADEMARK". Lost Treasures Music Review. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  6. ^ Rahemtulla, Nazlin; Fairweather, Margaret (2012-06-01). Rsvp Rice and Stew Very Plenty. FriesenPress. ISBN 9781770972674.