Stewart's Sodas, where???
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!
"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...)