A Short History of SodaStream

SodaStream was established in 1903. Giles Gilby invented a carbonation system; it made fizzy water from standard water, and was originally targeted for the upper classes. In the 1920s, a variety of flavours were introduced. Sarsaparilla and cherry ciderette were two of these. In countries such as Germany, Australia, and the UK it enjoyed vast success In the 1970s and 80s.

The company underwent numerous changes in ownership; for a time SodaStream even became part of the Cadbury Schweppes empire. In 1998 the company changed hands for the final time when purchased by Soda Club, at that time the biggest supplier of SodaStream to Israel. After Soda Club’s unsuccessful bid to rename the brand Soda-Club, the name remained SodaStream.

More recently Soda Club sought to renew the SodaStream brand. SodaStream was relaunched along with a new machine and many more new flavours, concentrating on being a healthy alternative to fizzy, sugar-rich drinks such as Coca Cola and Pepsi, focusing on the health and diet issues that are so prevalent in this day and age.

The SodaStream product is essentially a home carbonation kit; it allows you to change water into sparkling water, as well as allowing you to add low-calorie flavours such as cola and orange. A large assortment of calorie-free flavours to flavour sparkling water to great taste is sold at allfreightfree.com.

The SodaStream machine works by forcing co2 into a water-filled bottle suitable for pressurising. The water is turned into sparkling water by the co2. This process of dissolving co2 is known as carbonation. The carbonated water can then be drunk on its own as sparkling water, or mixed with flavours to create tasty, healthy treats. Once the co2 canisters have been used up they can be sent back to Soda-Club who recycle the canisters by refilling them with co2 then sending them back out.

Regarding actual health and diet benefits gained from drinking SodaStream, the company assures consumers that all their flavours are completely sugar-free and contain a maximum of 2 calories per 100ml; this is, assuredly, good news for every parent concerned about a child’s diet.

The SodaStream machine adds only co2 to the water, meaning it does not have the added sugar that some bottled sparkling water contains, so there is no significant difference between it and normal water.

SodaStream have made much of their environmental and health credentials, even going so far as to claim that every one litre bottle of SodaStream made saves three aluminum cans. So, over a 3 year span, a family of four could slash their soft-drink-related packaging usage by over 90%. This is an arresting claim, one that should stand them in good stead in this environmentally conscious age. Obviously, Sodastream has developed into a realistic alternative to the big players in the soft drink world.


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