is a brand of U.S. soft drink
that reached the peak of its popularity in the 1980s. It is generally cheaper in price than brands like Coca-Cola
. It's available in U.S. grocery stores, especially 99 cent stores
, where a six-pack or 3-liter bottle are available for that price. It is one of the few companies to never change its slogan ("It hasta be Shasta").
It began as The Mt. Shasta Mineral Springs Company
located in Baltimore, Maryland
on December 6
. It was also known as The Shasta Water Company
. It produced bottled mineral water
from Shasta Springs
in northern California
. For a while, the water was shipped in glass-lined railroad cars for local bottling. In 1931, Shasta produced its first soft drink, pale dry ginger ale
. Until the 1950s, the company's products were mainly mixers for alcoholic drinks
: mineral water
, club soda
, ginger ale
. During the 1960s, Shasta was purchased by the Sara Lee
food company (then known as Consolidated Foods). In 1985, it was acquired by the National Beverage Corp.
, which also owns the popular Faygo
Shasta claims to have been the first to introduce metal soft drink cans and diet soft drinks. Its diet soft drinks use sucralose (Splenda brand) instead of aspartame.
They also sold soft drinks similar to Shasta called Shasta Shortz for a limited time (2003–2006).
Here are the flavors for the Shasta Shortz drinks.