Arizona Beverage Company

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Arizona Beverage Company, Ltd.
TypePrivate
Industrybeverage
Founded1971 (as Ferolito, Vultaggio & Sons)
1992 (as AriZona)
Founder(s)John Ferolito and Don Vultaggio
HeadquartersWoodbury, New York, USA
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleDomenick J. "Don" Vultaggio (Chairman)
John M. Ferolito (President)
ProductsAriZona teas and juice drinks
Revenue$300 million (1997 est.) [1]
Employees250 [1]
ParentHornell Brewing Co., Inc. (D/B/A Ferolito, Vultaggio & Sons)
 
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Arizona Beverage Company, Ltd.
TypePrivate
Industrybeverage
Founded1971 (as Ferolito, Vultaggio & Sons)
1992 (as AriZona)
Founder(s)John Ferolito and Don Vultaggio
HeadquartersWoodbury, New York, USA
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleDomenick J. "Don" Vultaggio (Chairman)
John M. Ferolito (President)
ProductsAriZona teas and juice drinks
Revenue$300 million (1997 est.) [1]
Employees250 [1]
ParentHornell Brewing Co., Inc. (D/B/A Ferolito, Vultaggio & Sons)
AriZona Beverage Company corporate headquarters in Woodbury, New York.

Arizona Beverages USA (often labeled AriZona) is a producer of various flavors of iced tea, juice cocktails and energy drinks from the United States, based in Woodbury, New York.[2]

Arizona's "Arnold Palmer blend" of iced tea and lemonade has been commercially available since the 1990s. Arizona is known for its product line of "tall boy" drinks of 23 fl. oz. iced teas and other beverages that retail for around US$1.00.

Arizona came out with its first product, "Arizona Green Tea", in 1992. Almost all of Arizona's products are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, with "light" and "diet" varieties sweetened with Splenda-brand sucralose ("light" teas are half-corn syrup and half-sucralose, while diet drinks are solely sweetened with sucralose). The Black and White variety is sweetened with sugar.

In 1995, Arizona released a line of soda pop drinks under the brand Cowboy Pop.[3]

According to the official company website, the company's name has no relation to the state of Arizona. The name was chosen at random, with "Santa Fe", "Lincoln, Nebraska", and "Kalamazoo" originally being considered.[2]

History[edit]

The company roots trace back to 1971 when friends John Ferolito and Don Vultaggio opened a beverage distribution business in Brooklyn, New York. The company was a successful beer distributor. In 1990, they saw the success of Snapple (also a Brooklyn-based company founded in the 1970s) bottled juices and teas, and decided to try to make their own product. In 1992 they produced the first bottles of their own Arizona teas.[4]

Products[edit]

Hot Tea[edit]

Tea Mix[edit]

Tea and Juice[edit]

Juice[edit]

Energy Drink[edit]

Sports Drink[edit]

Water[edit]

Soda[edit]

Beer[edit]

Arizona in the United Kingdom[edit]

In The United Kingdom, five different flavours of green teas in 500ml bottles are sold. The beverages are distributed by American Drinks Ltd.

Arizona in Canada[edit]

Arizona sells their 680 ml (23 fl.oz.) canned products in Canada for $.99 CAD. The same products in 473 ml (16 oz) bottles are sold at a premium, roughly 2-3 times the canned price. Arizona Iced tea cans were briefly recalled in Canada in 2007 due to a can defect, before being re-introduced at the $.99 CAD price. They sell a variety of iced tea and juice drinks.

Arizona in Turkey[edit]

In Turkey, seven different flavours of Arizona Iced Tea in 500ml Pet bottles, 473ml Glass Bottles and 355ml Slim Cans are available. The beverages are distributed by www.arizonaicedteaturkiye.com / Dmc Group Turkey

Arizona immigration law[edit]

After the passage of Arizona SB1070, a controversial anti-illegal immigration measure, many businesses associated with the state of Arizona faced protests and boycotts. A tongue-in-cheek post to Twitter calling Arizona Iced Tea "the drink of Fascists" fueled reports of a boycott of Arizona-brand beverages.[5][6][7] In reaction to this, the company posted to its Twitter account that "Arizona is and always has been a NY based company! "[8]

Criticism[edit]

The magazine Men's Health put two of Arizona's products, "Arizona Kiwi Strawberry" and "Arizona Rx Energy", on a list of the 20 unhealthiest drinks of America, citing their high sugar and calorie contents.[9]

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