Every once in a while I get a jones, if you will, for the taste of that creme soda. Not many companies make that flavor anymore so when I happened to notice Creme Soda from Jones Soda Co in a Food Lion yesterday I couldn't resist buying it.
I think I've mentioned on here that I'm often on the frugal side. So my first criteria was price---and the Jones Soda was the same price as the generic, surprisingly enough. As soon as I picked it up I discovered why. Instead of coming in a 12-pack, the cans were packaged in an 8-pack. So in reality the soda cost 50% more per can. But it was worth it to scratch that psychological itch. Since my legs are still driving me nuts with physical itchiness I certainly don't want psychological itches bedeviling me as well.
Above you could see what the cans look like and to the left you can see what the outside of the box looks like. What's really cute is the inside of the box, seen below. They have the signatures of all the people that work to produce the soda.
The company is amazingly responsive to individuals whether they're consumers, employees, or investors. Their website is quite impressive in how much interaction they embrace with individuals. You can even upload pictures and buy soda with your own labels on them---but it's pricey. $30 for a dozen bottles.
The About Jones Soda web page gives historical details about the company.
The company's start in the beverage world was not as a manufacturer of its own brand, but as a distributor in western Canada of other successful lines, including Just Pik't Juices, Arizona Iced Tea and Thomas Kemper sodas. By 1994, Jones was firmly established as a full line beverage distributor in western Canada, with a reputation for picking winners.
As of August 1st, 2000, Urban Juice and Soda Company Ltd. officially changed its name to Jones Soda Co ("JONES"). The story of the company began in 1987 when company founder and president, Peter van Stolk, recognized the potential of emerging "alternative" products in the beverage industry.
And they've got a lot of interesting flavors. How about Green or Red Apple, Fufu Berry, Orange & Cream, or Crushed Melon? And all using cane sugar. None of that nasty HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) found here!
I like it when a company gives the impression of being consumer driven. I'll have to try their soda in glass bottles. I've always liked the taste of beverages from glass containers more than aluminum or plastic. I don't know if it's psychological or not... maybe someday I'll have someone do a blind taste test with me on that. I'd like to know if I can really taste the difference or if it's all in my head.
Another flavor I like is Birch Beer. I wonder who still sells that?