Coca-Cola to launch hot sparkling beverage in Japan
Global beverage giant Coca-Cola is set to launch a sparkling drink in Japan that is meant to be enjoyed warm.
Coca-Cola Japan says the beverage, Canada Dry Hot Ginger Ale, is the “world’s first” hot fizzy drink. The product, which has been in development for four years, contains ginger extract “with a hint of apple and cinnamon flavours”.
The beverage has been developed in collaboration with Hot Can Inc., which is based in San Diego in the US. Hot Can Inc. has developed a double-chambered aluminum can that contains the beverage in an outer chamber and holds water and calcium oxide in a separate inner chamber. When a button at the bottom of the can is pressed, the water mixes with the calcium oxide leading to a heat-producing chemical reaction. Within three minutes, whatever liquid is in the outer beverage chamber is heated to about 50 degrees Celsius. An outer shell protects the consumer from burns.
The Hot Can Inc. can is currently used for other hot drinks, such as coffee, tea and hot chocolate, and soups.
Coca-Cola vending machines across Japan, which already distribute hot still beverages including the Georgia Coffee brand, will dispense Canada Dry Hot Ginger Ale from October 2013.