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Mirinda
Logo used since 2023
Product typeOrange drink
OwnerPepsiCo
CountrySpain
Introduced1959; 65 years ago (1959) (de jure)
1 November 1959; 64 years ago (1959-11-01) (de facto)
Related brandsFanta
Crush
MarketsThe Americas (ex. Jamaica), Australia and Europe

Mirinda (/mɪˈrændə/ mih-RAN-də) is a brand of soft drink that was created in Spain in 1959 and has been distributed globally by PepsiCo since 1970. Its name comes from the Esperanto translation of "admirable" or "amazing".[1]

It is available in many fruit varieties, like orange, apple, strawberry, among others. It is part of a beverage area often referred to as the flavour segment, comprising carbonated and non-carbonated fruit-flavoured beverages. The orange flavour of Mirinda now represents the majority of Mirinda sales worldwide following a major repositioning of the brand towards that flavour in the early 1990s.

American beverage company PepsiCo acquired the Mirinda brand in 1970[2] and markets it primarily outside the United States. It competes with The Coca-Cola Company's Fanta and Dr Pepper Snapple Group's Crush with flavour brands localized to individual countries. Mirinda is available in multiple formulations of flavour, carbonation and sweetener depending on the taste of individual markets.

Names

Mirinda, being a drink with presence around the world, is also known with many other names: Sukita (Brazil), Yedigun (Turkey), Slam (Italy), Sisi (Netherlands), Kas (Spain), Frustyle (Russia since 2022), Sol (some US states).

History

Mirinda was first produced in Spain. It became available in the United States in late 2003 in bilingual packaging, and was sold at a reduced price, becoming a competitor against Coca-Cola's Fanta brand. Since 2005, Mirinda flavours have largely been sold under the Tropicana Twister Soda brand in the United States except in Guam, where Pepsi began selling it under the Mirinda brand in 2007 (replacing Chamorro Punch Orange).

PepsiCo also tried to sell Mirinda in Brazil in late 1996, but the brand was discontinued in 1998 after weak sales, keeping the local brand Sukita under production.[citation needed] [clarification needed]

In Italy, it was sold under the brand Slam until 2021, when it was renamed.[citation needed]

Advertising and recent events

Mirinda campaigns over the years have included the "Mirinda Woman" campaign in the 1970s.[citation needed] The "Mirinda Craver" ads produced by Jim Henson from 1975 to 1978 involved a monster called the Mirinda Craver (performed by Bob Payne and voiced by Allen Swift) craving the Mirinda drinks and doing anything to obtain one. With the Mirinda Craver being a live-hand Muppet, Payne was assisted in performing the Mirinda Craver by Louise Gold, Dave Holman, or Faz Fazakas, handling one of the arms, moving eyes and twirling hair of the Mirinda Craver.[citation needed]

Old orange and lima Mirinda bottles

A campaign between 1994 and 1996 used the tag-line "The Taste is in Mirinda" with the Blue Man Group. In some markets, including Mexico, the Blue Man Group campaign re-launched Mirinda away from a multi-flavour positioning to a brand solely focused on the orange flavour. The Blue Man Group campaign showed the Blue Man Group competing to drink orange Mirinda and celebrating a successful drink with an open-mouth exclamation of 'Mirindaaaa'. Also in Mexico, Mirinda launched a campaign with the Pokémon anime series aimed at children with a promotion of gadgets with the characters of the manga series.[citation needed]

Mirinda advertising campaigns have been handled by Pepsi's stable of creative agencies, including BBDO and J. Walter Thompson.[citation needed]

Packs of Bulgarian Mirinda

Mirinda regularly introduces special movie-themed editions in Asia. Recent ones[when?] included Batman (blueberry) and Superman (fruit punch). Mirinda has also recently released a new flavour of drinks called Mirinda creme. They come in three flavours: mango, raspberry and lime.

Mirinda was briefly sold in Australia during the 1990s. In the 1990s, KFC in Australia switched from the Coca-Cola to the Pepsi family of soft drinks. It then sold Mirinda Orange and Mirinda Lemon, before later changing to Sunkist and Solo when the Australian Pepsi bottler gained the rights to the Schweppes/Dr Pepper brands. In the 2010s and 2020s, Mirinda syrups were available at Big W department stores.

Mirinda is no longer sold in New Zealand, replaced[when?] with the introduction of PepsiCo's new Mountain Dew range of similar flavours (Code Red, Live Wire, Pitch Black, Electro Shock and Passionfruit Frenzy).[citation needed]

Mirinda as a name

Mirinda is also a female name of Spanish and Esperanto origin as the following people

Mirinda
Pronunciation/mɪˈrændə/
Spanish: [miˈɾin̪.d̪a]
GenderFemale
Language(s)Spanish
Origin
Word/nameEsperanto
Meaning"worthy of admiration"
Other names
Variant form(s)Rinny
Related namesMirindan (German), Mirindaj (Scandinavian), Mirindajn (Dutch)
See alsoMiranda

See also

References

  1. ^ Ellemberg, Enrique (23 January 2005). "89th Esperanto World Convention, Beijing, China. July 2004 (a01)". Archived from the original on 26 February 2005.
  2. ^ "Produktseite "Mirinda"" (in German). PepsiCo Deutschland. 2012. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Mirinda kommt ursprünglich aus Spanien und wurde 1970 in das PepsiCo-Markenportfolio integriert. Für alle die es orangig-erfrischend lieben ist Mirinda der perfekte Durstlöscher. (Mirinda came originally from Spain and was integrated into the PepsiCo brand portfolio in 1970. For everyone who loves refreshing oranges, Mirinda is the perfect thirst quencher.)