Sunday, January 2, 2011

Ten International Coca-Cola Products

Coca-Cola at one point wanted to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. And if 'harmony' means 'uniform', well when it comes to their flagship product, they're almost there. Coca-Cola's own website will tell you that the good ol' red-and-white brown sugar water is available in... (deep breath)...
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau (Macao), Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mariana Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Republic of Ireland, Republic of Korea, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Maarteen, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia & Montenegro, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Gambia, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks & Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank-Gaza, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Whew. Harmonious, sure. But there's disharmony too, as Coca-Cola sells all kinds of stuff in one market but not another, or in certain handfuls of markets. They claim to have over 3,300 products. I'm not sure how they arrive at that number, but it certainly is an impressively large number. Here are ten.

1.SPARLETTA: Sparletta has been made in South Africa since 1955, and is available through much of southern Africa. It has an unusual range of flavours, including Cherry Plum, Coconut Pineapple, and Raspberry Strawberry Vanilla Cream.Coca-Cola Sparletta

2.LOVE BODY: A bottled tea from Japan, made from oolong tea and with added fibre. Perhaps not all that weird, at least not as weird as its name: "Love Body".Coca-Cola Love Body

3.KINLEY: Kinley is a series of carbonated drinks that include tonic water and club soda but also fruit flavours such as Bitter Grapefruit, Bitter Herbal, Bitter Water and Raspberry. Primarily it's available in central Europe, though additionally you can get it in India and Zambia, for some reason.Coca-Cola Kinley

4.KUAT: This is a guarana-flavoured soft drink made only in Brazil, where presumably they have some clue what 'guarana' is.Coca-Cola Kuat

5.FANTA LACTIC: The Fanta line is one of Coca-Cola's most successful worldwide. But it's only in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan that you can get Fanta Lactic, available in the mouth-watering Fermented Milk and Grape Yogourt flavours.Coca-Cola Fanta Lactic

6.DELAWARE PUNCH: Coca-Cola's website calls Delaware Punch "a noncarbonated fruit drink with intense fruit combinations enjoyed by pre-teens who lead active, fun-filled lifestyles", which is a bit creepy. It apparently exists not in Delaware but in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Guatemala and Mexico.Coca-Cola Delaware Punch

7.THE WELLNESS FROM COCA-COLA: Sold in Japan, this must be one of the strangest things out there. Let me just quote from Coca-Cola's website: "Beauty drinks designed for women who want to look their best at all times." Whatever that might mean.The Wellness from Coca-Cola

8.COCA-COLA BLāK: Though it's mostly French in origin, Coca-Cola Blāk has found its way to a handful of different countries, including Canada and the USA. It is coffee-flavoured cola, with a pretty bottle and a stupid spelling (I should pronounce that 'Blake', then?), and apparently not that great a taste.Coca-Cola Blak

9.BISTRONE: Bistrone is a corn soup, packaged in a tin can, sold in Japan. There's also a tomato soup, but that's slightly less bizarre.Coca-Cola Bistrone

10.QOO: The picture shows you all you need to know about Qoo - originally Japanese (like almost half of this list) but now found throughout Asia, wherever Hello Kitty is popular (Coca-Cola's website describes the mascot as 'a whimsical cartoon character that looks vaguely like a cat'). It's available in a variety of flavours, including Honey Quince, Peach Plum, Mango Milk, and Acerola Lemon, whatever that is.Coca-Cola Qoo