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Red Bull Energy Drink

Strawberry Shortcake Jul 27, 2004 11:51 AM

I've been reading that Red Bull will be available in Canada again soon.
Has anyone else heard this?

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    Maureen RE: Strawberry Shortcake Jul 27, 2004 12:34 PM

    We may be talking about different things, but the red bull I know of has always been available in Chinatown. It's in a small, brown elixir type of bottle.
    Are you referring to something different?

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      QC RE: Maureen Jul 27, 2004 12:48 PM

      I think she's talking about the one in the 250 ml blue/silver can with red lettering.

      It's an energy (carbs, caffeine and taurine) drink originally from Austria and tastes like liquid gummi bears.

      I don't know if it's available in Canada at the moment. I always pick some up when I'm in the US or Europe for my friends....I personally think it's horribly too sweet to drink by itself. I have found that it mixes really well with chivas.

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        Derek RE: QC Jul 27, 2004 09:49 PM

        Actually Red Bull is originally from Thailand, not Austria. Those are the little brown glass bottles that Maureen is referring to (see BevNET review URL)

        The worldwide rights were sold in the early 90's to a group of Austrians businessmen who now market it globally except in Thailand where the original family controls the rights.

        Their marketing strategy is why people think Red Bull is originally from Austria, but it isn't. What's in the silver - blue cans is a reformulated and carbonated version of the Thai original. There is no mention of Thailand on the RedBull website, they'd prefer you to believe that they invented it! But if you've ever been to Thailand on vacation, you'll see 'Krating Daeng' everywhere and will know otherwise.

        Anyways, $8 is a lot to pay for a non-alcoholic drink!

        Link: http://www.bevnet.com/reviews/redbull/

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          Maureen RE: Derek Jul 28, 2004 09:06 AM

          The Red Bull I referrd to in my earlier post is $1. in Chinatown.

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            In the know RE: Maureen Jul 28, 2004 03:06 PM

            Redbull WILL be coming to Canada (cans)legally. The canadian rights were recently secured, and there is only corporate training left to complete. Look for Gretzky's to be the first to offer it...i know it seems weird for it to offer, however Gretzky's is majority owned by a prominant Canadian family, who now own the rights.

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              Peter RE: In the know Jul 28, 2004 09:50 PM

              It is avaialable NOW and IS being sold right NOW at REMYS in Yorkville... like the post a few above stated....

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                GPeters RE: Peter Sep 13, 2004 03:40 PM

                You can also get it at "Spacco's" a pool bar north of Eglinton on Yonge (I saw cans on the bar there this past Thursday night). I have also seen it for sale in a convienience store in London Ontario this past weekend. No doubt it will be everywhere very soon.

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              Thaisamai RE: Maureen Sep 17, 2006 02:54 PM

              I realize this is a very old post but do you happen to remember where I can get the Red Bull in the little brown "elixir" bottles in Chinatown? The regular Red Bull in the blue & silver cans is a bit expensive at $3 each. I train in Muay Thai 3 times a week and drink a bottle before and it get quite expensive. If you remember I'd appreciate it.

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          Fry Boy RE: Maureen Jul 27, 2004 12:56 PM

          The Red Bull sold in the brown bottles is actually the Thai version of the drink. Tastes pretty much the same as the canned stuff but I have no idea as to any other difference in terms of ingredients. The canned version is the most common but I have rarely seen it in Canada.

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          Charles RE: Strawberry Shortcake Jul 27, 2004 12:47 PM

          Red Bull in a can like they have in th eUS & England is now available in Canada. Remys in Yorkville has it on their patio. It costs them $60 a case (24) to buy it from the distributor... So just the can of Red Bull with no alcohol is $8 I belive...

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            QC RE: Charles Jul 27, 2004 12:55 PM

            $8 for a can of Red Bull! That's unbelievable....it's roughly CAD $2-3 in all the places I buy it! Heck the most I've seen it is here in the UK for GBP 1.30.

            Oh course, it's also formulated differently for each of the countries its in. I can't really tell the difference since I never drink it staight; but I've been told that the US formula is much sweeter than the european ones (not surprised). But I also know that the amounts of Taurine vary from country to country based on the local FDA (or equivalent) requirements. I think the Austrian formulation has the most in it.

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              Vise RE: QC Jul 27, 2004 01:15 PM

              Sounds like Remy's is ripping people off imo. There are several places in the city that have been importing Red Bull in a can, including The Nutty Chocolatier in the Beach (although they have been out of stock of late). It is the proper stuff from Austria as well... same as they sell in the US. Which I always thought was the same as in Europe/UK? It seemed the same to me, I brought back about 12 from the UK two years ago and could have sworn it was exactly the same... I do know the version in the bottles is different, sweeter with no carbonation.

              Anyways, I picked up a case last time I was in Buffalo from Target, it was about $1.65 per can.

              Red Bull + Vodka = Good times.


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                QC RE: Vise Jul 27, 2004 01:22 PM

                I guess it's just subject to the same "corkage" fees we've all come to know and love.

                Anyways, the price just caught me off-guard b/c I was just packing some in my luggage the other night after buying it at much lower retail prices over here.

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                  5andman RE: QC Jul 27, 2004 03:38 PM

                  It'll be readily available in Ontario soon.

                  Please note: The genuine version imported straight from Thailand -- not the carbonation versions etc.

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                    Maureen RE: 5andman Jul 30, 2004 09:08 AM

                    The non carbonated version, in the small brown bottles is already available in Chinbatown, it's $1.
                    Why not just add mineral water if you want carbonated?

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                  estufarian RE: Vise Jul 27, 2004 04:07 PM

                  To put things in perspective Remy's is a bar (the food doesn't really qualify it as a restaurant) so 2-3 times retail is normal on ALL beverages in the Toronto market (which doesn't make it right).

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                    Lora RE: Vise Oct 7, 2004 09:39 PM

                    What about trying a new energy drink to Canada - Diablo its all natural does the job and is cranberry flavour - what would someone have to do for you guys to try it - its sooo much cheaper than red bull.

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                Dooley RE: Strawberry Shortcake Jul 27, 2004 01:55 PM

                I have a couple of cans left from my last trip to the UK. Where can I buy it here?

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                  jaycrue RE: Dooley Oct 20, 2004 05:13 PM

                  Pusateri's on avenue Rd. Toronto

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                  Treehorn RE: Strawberry Shortcake Sep 15, 2004 11:06 AM

                  I had one the other day at Gretzky's. They had a nice "Redbull" mini-fridge on the bar.

                  The thing I can't wait for is to see it in my local convenience store. When I want a Redbull its not usally at a bar.

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                    Red fanatic. RE: Strawberry Shortcake Sep 19, 2004 01:52 PM

                    YOu can find RED BULL at 1000 Bloor street in toronto. In between Ossington and Dufferin.

                    It's about time. It's slowly making it's way into the canadian market yes. Look out for the promotions team in a racer.....Yell out Red Bull....

                    RED BULL

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                      Mister_Q RE: Strawberry Shortcake Sep 29, 2004 04:44 PM

                      For those of you who don't realize this, there IS a difference between the canned Red Bull and the Bottle Red Bull... THe one in the bottle is what you're really looking for, if you read the label it tells you NOT to mix with alcohol and not to exceed dosage more than 2/day.... hmmm, what could there possibly be in there that would cause them to say such things as this??? I don't know, but one tiny bottle sure packs a punch.

                      I DON'T know where to get it in Toronto, but if someone knows, please do tell! Right now I buy my supply from Montreal for just under $2/bottle, but it is distributed by a company called PSW TRADING LTD. out of Vancouver. Of course, they are unlisted.

                      Anybody with info, let me know....

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                        Courtneyo74 RE: Strawberry Shortcake Mar 12, 2007 05:16 PM

                        Just to clarify...the Red Bull syrup from Thailand is how Red Bull originated and where Deitrich got the original formula. He bought the rights and then got a group of scientists together and did research. They created the first/original energy drink formulated for atheletes, workers, studyers, drivers, etc. There are many more ingredients added to it to differentiate it from the syrup. The reason you will see it marketed in Thailand as Kraeting Daeng is because they are different. If you ever buy a can of Red Bull, it will be the same in every single country. And, it is produced in Austria and Austria only.

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