Ramune

:"Ramune is also a kind of hard white candy with a fizzy flavor, and a flavor of gum."

Infobox Beverage
name = Ramune


type = Soft drink
abv =
proof =
manufacturer = Shirakiku, Sangaria
distributor = Nishimoto Trading Co., LTD.
origin =
introduced = 1876
discontinued =
colour =
flavour = lemon-lime, pineapple, raspberry, kiwifruit, melon, strawberry, Disco Dance, orange, lychee, Blue Hawaii, and peach
variants =
related =
nihongo|Ramune|ラムネ| is a carbonated soft drink sold in Japan which was introduced at Kobe by Alexander Cameron Sim.

Bottle design

Ramune is widely known for the distinctive design of its bottle, often called Codd-neck bottles after the inventor, Hiram Codd. They are made of glass and sealed with a marble; the marble is held in place by the pressure of the carbon dioxide in the drink. To open the bottle, a device to push the marble inward is provided with the bottle. The marble is pushed inside the neck of the bottle where it rattles around while drinking. Two little glass nodes inside the bottle allow the drinker to hook the marble in place while drinking.

People trying Ramune for the first time sometimes find it difficult to drink, as it takes practice to learn to stop the marble from blocking the flow. In the new version of the bottle (2006), little slots were added to the cap where the marble was originally held. This allowed the flow to not be obstructed if the marble falls back into the cap.

Ramune is also available in plastic PET bottles as well as cans.

Ramune is one of the modern symbols of summer in Japan and is widely consumed during warm festival days and nights. Empty bottles are usually collected for recycling at stalls where it is sold.

Flavors

Despite the unique design of the bottle, the Ramune flavor is quite conventional, similar to many other carbonated lemon-lime soft drinks. The word 'ramune' is derived phonetically from the English 'lemonade'. Both fizzy lemonade and the unique bottles were imported from the United Kingdom at the same time, becoming associated with each other. In America, Ramune is often sold at conventions, certain Suncoast outlets and Asian speciality stores.

There are other flavors of the drink: pineapple, kiwifruit, melon, strawberry, orange, lychee, Blue Hawaii, peach, wasabi (available at Tokyu Hands), bubble gum and curry.

Ramune was a popular drink in the Japanese Imperial Navy before World War II and this aided its civilian popularity in Japan.

Foreign Distribution

Ramune is currently being developed for official (non-import) marketing and distribution in North America as "Marble Pop". Information can be found at the official Marble Pop website, marblepop.com [http://www.marblepop.com] . Initial flavor selections include Original, Strawberry, Blueberry, and Green Apple.

External links

* [http://nishimototrading.com/ Official web site]
* [http://www.marblepop.com Marble Pop (American Re-Branding)]

ee also

*Calpis
*Pocari Sweat
*Oronamin C Drink


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