R. White's Lemonade

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

R. White's Lemonade is a brand of a carbonated soft drink, which is produced and sold in the UK by Britvic.

R. White's is a brand of lemonade that has been produced for over 150 years. Robert and Mary White produced the first R. White's lemonade in Camberwell, London, in 1845. The White Family took over H.D.Rawlings Ltd. in 1891, the year that it was incorporated, and then R. White & Sons Ltd. was itself incorporated in 1894.

In the 1970s, R White's also made orangeade, dandelion and burdock, and cream soda.

R. White's still contains real lemons and is available as a diet, cloudy, or clear drink.

The Company was taken over by Whitbread in the 1960s, and was later absorbed by the Britvic Corporation in 1986 when Britvic and Canada Dry Rawlings Ltd merged. This product, formerly made using real sugar, has (as of 2012, possibly earlier) changed the traditional recipe, replacing sugar with Aspartame, Saccharin & Acesulfame K [1]


In 1973, the popular Secret Lemonade Drinker advertising campaign was launched by London agency Allen, Brady and Marsh and devised by Rod Allen, who wrote the slogan. The adverts featured the actor and mime Julian Chagrin,[2] dubbed with the voice of Ross MacManus (father of Elvis Costello, then called Declan MacManus). MacManus wrote the song, with his son providing the backing vocals.

"1973 saw the launch of the brand’s most famous advertising campaign, ‘The Secret Lemonade Drinker’, which remained on screen until 1984. The ad featured David Porter in striped pyjamas creeping downstairs to raid the fridge for R Whites Lemonade. Ross MacManus (the father of singer Elvis Costello) wrote and sang the original song with his teenage son, providing backing vocals. The ad won a silver award at the 1974 International Advertising Festival."


The lemonade drinker is confirmed as David Porter, though Porter didn't appear in a later R. White's advertisement, in which he drank it in a phone box.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Premium Lemonade". Britvic.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  2. ^ "Episode #1.3". That's What I Call Television. Season 1. Episode 3. 2007-07-21. 
  3. ^ "Britvic - R Whites". Web.archive.org. 2012. Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 

External links[edit]