Arizona Beverage Company

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

Arizona Beverages USA (often labeled AriZona) is an American producer of many flavors of iced tea, juice cocktails and energy drinks based in Woodbury, New York.[2] Arizona's first product, "Arizona Green Tea", was first made available 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. Arizona is known for its product line of "tall boy" drinks of 23 fl. oz. iced teas and other beverages that retail for around one dollar.

The "Arnold Palmer blend" of iced tea and lemonade has been commercially available since the 1990s. In 1995, Arizona released a line of soda under the brand Cowboy Pop.[3] They also released a line of tortilla chip products, consisting of "Nachos 'n' Cheese Dip" and "Salsa 'n' Chips".[4]

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.[5] 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] It should have been named "Nebraska Tea" but the two had a conflict and decided to go with Arizona Tea.

Products[edit]

Hot Tea[edit]

Tea Mix[edit]

Tea and Juice[edit]

Juice[edit]

Energy Drink[edit]

Sports Drink[edit]

Water[edit]

Soda[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 or 1.30 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.[6][7][8] In reaction to this, the company posted to its Twitter account that "Arizona is and always has been a NY based company! "[9]

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.[10]

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