White Rock Beverages

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White Rock Beverages
Typeprivate Corporation
Founded1871 Waukesha, Wisconsin
FounderH.M. Colver
ProductsSeltzer, soft drinks
OwnerMorgan Family
WebsiteWhite Rock Beverages.com

White Rock Beverages (White Rock Products Corporation) is an American beverage company located in Whitestone, Queens, New York City. The company was established in 1871 by pharmacist H.M. Colver in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The Potawatomi Indians and settlers believed that the nearby White Rock natural spring had special medicinal powers, so White Rock Beverages started out as a destination for vacationers and health seekers. By 1876, the company was bottling and distributing the natural spring water throughout the country.[1]

Marketing with Santa Claus[edit]

Coca-Cola is frequently credited with the "invention" of the modern image of Santa Claus as an old man in red-and-white garments;[2]however, White Rock predated Coca-Cola's usage of Santa in advertisements for soft drinks. In 1923, the company used Santa to advertise its ginger ale after first using him to sell mineral water in 1915.[3][4]

Drink maker history[edit]

By 1923, White Rock Beverages was one of the largest producers of mineral water in the United States. The company also produced ginger ale and other soft drinks. Its property value was then calculated at $7,311,767 ($109,719,347 today). This included land holdings and bottling plants.[5]

In 1941, the company which manufactured White Rock soft drinks was called White Rock Mineral Springs Company.[6]


The company has used the image of Psyche as its logo for over 120 years. The company purchased the rights to a painting titled "Psyche at Nature's Mirror", by Paul Thumann, at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.[7][8][9][10]

Brand portfolio[edit]

White Rock Cola
TypeSoft drink
ManufacturerWhite Rock Beverages
Related productsCoca-Cola
Pepsi Cola
Websitewww.whiterockbeverages.com Edit this on Wikidata

White Rock

  • Seltzer Water: Plain, Lemon-Lime, Mandarin Orange, Black Cherry, Raspberry, Cucumber, Watermelon
  • Mixers: Ginger Ale, Diet Ginger Ale, Club Soda, Tonic Water, Diet Tonic Water
  • Organic: Passion Orange, Raspberry Crème, Red Peach
  • Soda: Cola, Root Beer, Cream Soda, Lemon-Lime, Orange, Grape, Black Cherry

Sioux City

Olde Brooklyn:

  • Williamsburg Root Beer
  • Diet Williamsburg Root Beer
  • Bay Ridge Birch Beer
  • Coney Island Cream Soda
  • Diet Coney Island Cream Soda
  • Flatbush Orange Soda
  • Greenpoint Grape Soda
  • Red Hook Raspberry
  • Brighton Beach Black Cherry
  • Park Slope Ginger Ale

In popular culture[edit]

In the pre-Code film Men Call It Love, Norman Foster's character tells his butler "Say, look here, Brandt. Haven't you been with us long enough to know to always keep a supply of White Rock handy?" The butler stutters, "Why--why sir..." and then opens the fridge to reveal an ice box full of bottles of White Rock, with the Psyche logo clearly visible.

In another pre-Code film, 1931's "Lonely Wives", Edward Everett Horton's characters ask Andrews, the butler, several times for a White Rock.

In Brad Strickland and John Bellairs' novel The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie, Dr. Coote is described as crouching on his bed "like the White Rock girl on her stone."

In James M. Cain's novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, the narrator Frank Chambers mixes a drink with bourbon, White Rock and a couple of pieces of ice.

In Rex Stout's novel The League of Frightened Men, Archie Goodwin offers Hibbard a White Rock as a chaser with his whiskey.

In Wallace Thurman's novel The Blacker the Berry, a party of three, including the heroine Emma Lou, orders three bottles of White Rock in a Prohibition-era cabaret in Harlem.

An ad for White Rock Sparkling Water was the very first ad to appear in Gourmet magazine (January 1941).


  1. ^ Rose, Joel (December 5, 2011). "White Rock Beverages Still Thirsty After 140 Years". NPR. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Mikkelson, Barbara; Mikkelson, David P. (February 27, 2001). "The Claus That Refreshes". snopes.com. Retrieved June 10, 2005.
  3. ^ "Did White Rock or The Coca-Cola Company create the modern Santa Claus Advertisement?". whiterocking.org. The White Rock Collectors Association. 2001. Retrieved January 19, 2007.
  4. ^ "Coca-Cola's Santa Claus: Not The Real Thing". BevNET.com. December 18, 2006. Retrieved January 19, 2007.
  5. ^ "White Rock Mineral Springs". Wall Street Journal. June 11, 1923. p. 12. Alternate Link via ProQuest
  6. ^ "Candy and Beverage Industry". Wall Street Journal. October 22, 1941. p. 5. Alternate Link via ProQuest
  7. ^ "The Goddess of Purity". White Rock Beverages.
  8. ^ Mariani, John (October 16, 2011). "White Rock Girl: Still the Sexiest Alive (on a Water Bottle)". Esquire.
  9. ^ Theodore, Sarah (June 1, 2006). "White Rock: A classic brand becomes a specialty player". Beverage Industry Magazine.
  10. ^ "Psyche". Grapefruit Moon Gallery.

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