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Stewart's Sodas, where???

HDS777 Jun 23, 2013 05:41 AM

I am a huge fan of Stewart's sodas and was able to find them wholesale in packs of 12 at Presto. However as Presto abides to Loblaws, they only have 3 flavours; Key Lime, Cream Soda and Black Cherry. Apparently Loblaws stopped furnishing them the Orange n Cream a few months back.

I've seen a load of deps and pharmacies still carrying the Orange n Cream flavour as well as the Root Beer and the Grape soda.

Where do these stores get their bottles from?

And has anyone been able to procure the other flavours listed on their site here in Montreal? Birch Beer, Ginger Beer, Cherries n Cream or Peach sodas?

Thanks in advance for your responses!

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    chezbassoon Jun 23, 2013 06:00 AM

    I know the Eden store in Place du Parc, ave du Parc and Prince Arthur, carries Stewart sodas but I'm not sure which flavors

    1. porker Jun 23, 2013 06:59 AM

      "Where do these stores get their bottles from?"

      To my understanding, Unique Foods
      is the primary distributer of Stewarts in Canada. I assume they supply the bigger chains and top tier distributers.
      Independant deps can get their product from many sources: distributers like alimplus, regitan, dubord&rainville etc etc
      or from independant jobbers who pick up stock and re-sell to the owners,
      or even themselves from places like Costco or club entrepot Provigo.

      From UniqueFoods website, it appears the available (Canadian) flavors are Root Beer, Grape Soda, Black Cherry, Key Lime, Cream Soda, and Orange&Cream. No mention of Birch or Ginger or Cherries&Cream (which ARE listed on the Stewarts US homepage).
      Note that Stewarts diet drinks are not available in Canada because they still use sacchirin.

      I ran a couple of restaurants in a differnt life.
      In the early 90s, Johnathon Silver, who started UniqueFoods, used to sell me Stewarts (and other unique soft drinks) out of the trunk of his car. There was maybe a handful of places you could actually buy the stuff, now its available across Canada.
      I saw him after many years at the last Oysterfest in Old Montreal. We traded stories from the "old days" (which he downplayed in front of his employees - he's the CEO after all) and I congratulated him on how far he's come with Stewarts.
      (sorry for the run-on back commentary...)

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      1. re: porker
        HDS777 Jun 23, 2013 08:10 AM

        Thanks for that story! I like hearing stuff like that even if its rambling.

        Do you know if any of those places are open to the public, such as Presto? I'd like to get the orange n cream in bulk of 12.

        1. re: HDS777
          kpaxonite Jun 23, 2013 09:17 AM

          Aubut sells 6 flavours in packs of 12 ,,, one of them is orange


          1. re: HDS777
            porker Jun 23, 2013 09:24 AM

            "even if its rambling"

        2. lilmsmuffin Jun 23, 2013 09:10 PM

          This goes back a few weeks to the last time I was there, but Club Entrepot Provigo in Lasalle was stocked with loads of different flavours. They even had quite a few of the sugarfree varierties in stock. Might be worth checking them out

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