Soft Drink & Soda Saturday – Ting

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Ting is a carbonated beverage popular in the Caribbean. It is flavoured with Jamaican grapefruit juice (from concentrate), and is both tart and sweet. Ting comes in a green glass bottle, or more rarely in a green and yellow can. Like Orangina, the beverage contains a small amount of sediment consisting of grapefruit juice pulp. Ting is produced in the United Kingdom under license by Cott Beverages jamaicating.com/. Ting also now makes Pink Ting Soda, Diet Ting Soda, and Ginger Beer.

History

Ting was first produced in 1976 by Desnoes & Geddes Limited. Desnoes & ting_splash_03Geddes Limited was acquired by Guinness in 1993 with a 51% share. With Desnoes and Geddes moving to focus on beer alone, its soft drink facility in Jamaica was acquired in 1999 by PepsiCo affiliate Pepsi-Cola Jamaica, located in Kingston, Jamaica. Ting is distributed throughout the Caribbean, the United States, and Canada. Outside these regions it is not commonly available, although it is also produced in the UK using Jamaican grapefruits, and is widely available at Tesco.

ting_splash_04Ting has also been known to be mixed with citrus vodka to create Ving, an alcoholic version of the drink. On St. Kitts, it is frequently mixed with rum for the local favorite “Ting ‘n Sting”. It has now become a popular mixer in addition to its success as a non-alcoholic beverage. A Ting and a patty is a very popular Jamaican snack.

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