Yoo-hoo

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Yoo-hoo
Yoo-hoo logo.gif
TypeChocolate beverage
ManufacturerKeurig Dr Pepper
Country of originUnited States
Introduced1928
Websitewww.yoo-hoo.com

Yoo-hoo is an American brand of chocolate drink that was developed by Natale Olivieri in New Jersey in 1928[1] and is manufactured by Keurig Dr Pepper. As of 2019, the drink is primarily made from water, HFCS, and whey.

History[edit]

Natale Olivieri started bottling carbonated fruit drinks in the mid-1920s. However, when he attempted to bottle a chocolate drink, he found that it would soon spoil. Observing his wife canning fruits and vegetables, he asked her to use the same heat processing techniques with his chocolate drink. He began bottling the pasteurized chocolate drink named Yoo-Hoo at 133 Farnham Avenue in 1928. [2] In the 1940s, Thomas Giresi opened a bottling plant in Batesburg, South Carolina, for distribution of Yoo-hoo. In the 1960s, an advertising campaign tried to appeal to an older public for the drink, and featured Yogi Berra and his New York Yankees teammates. Berra, in a pin-striped business suit, drinks a bottle of Yoo-hoo, lifts it next to his cheek, and says with a smile, "It's Me-He for Yoo-Hoo!"

BBC Industries purchased the rights to Yoo-hoo sometime in the 1950s and retained ownership until 1976, when it sold the brand to Iroquois Brands. Yoo-hoo was sold again in 1981 to a group of private investors, which owned the brand until 1989, when it was sold to the French conglomerate Pernod Ricard.

In 2001, Pernod Ricard sold Yoo-hoo to Cadbury Schweppes, with production responsibilities falling to CS's Mott's group and marketing and advertising responsibilities under Snapple. They heightened awareness of the once-popular beverage.

The milk company's headquarters are in Tarrytown, New York, with plants in Carlstadt, New Jersey, and Aspers, Pennsylvania. An Opelousas, Louisiana, location closed in 2009. At one time, Yoo-hoo owned several other chocolate milk brands as well, including Choc-Ola, Brownie, Cocoa Dusty, and Chocolate Soldier.

As of early February 2019, Yoo-hoo is made from water, high fructose corn syrup, whey (from milk), and less than 2% of: cocoa (alkali process), nonfat dry milk, natural and artificial flavors, sodium caseinate (from milk), corn syrup solids, calcium phosphate, dipotassium phosphate, palm oil, guar gum, xanthan gum, mono and diglycerides, salt, spice, soy lecithin, niacinamide (vitamin B3), sucralose, vitamin A palmitate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and vitamin D3.[3]

In May 2008, Cadbury-Schweppes split into the Cadbury candy business and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group soft drink firm, with the latter taking over Yoo-hoo.

An ABC News article mentioned that on a papal visit to Denver, a variety of sources reported that Pope John Paul II liked Yoo-hoo after a Vatican spokesman mentioned that the Pope wanted "a couple of cases of that American chocolate drink he likes" on board his plane. As popes do not give commercial endorsements, a subsequent statement from his spokesman denied that the pontiff had any particular preference among American milk drinks.[4]

Flavors[edit]

Yoo-hoo's several flavors[5] include chocolate, strawberry, chocolate banana, chocolate strawberry, chocolate peanut butter, and chocolate caramel. A double fudge flavor and Island Coconut flavor was discontinued.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Retrieved Feb 8, 2019
  2. ^ "Images of America: Garfield". Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "All About Chocolate". Yoo-Hoo website. Mott's LLP. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Blakemore, Bill (2009-02-11). "Does the Pope Wear Prada?". ABC News. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
  5. ^ Yoo-Hoo Products List

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