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Minute Maid

The Minute Maid Company
Industry Foods
Founded 1945 (1945)
Headquarters Sugar Land Town Square
First Colony, Sugar Land, Texas, U.S.[1]
Key people
J. Alexander M. Douglas, Jr. (President of North America Group of Coca-Cola)
Products Fruit juices/soft drinks
Number of employees
Parent The Coca-Cola Company

Minute Maid is a product line of beverages, usually associated with lemonade or orange juice, but now extends to soft drinks of many kinds, including Hi-C. Minute Maid is sold under Cappy brand in Central Europe and under Fruitopia in Norway.

Minute Maid was the first company to market orange juice concentrate, allowing it to be distributed throughout the United States and served year-round. The Minute Maid company is owned by The Coca-Cola Company, and is the world's largest marketer of fruit juices and drinks. The firm opened its headquarters in Sugar Land Town Square in Sugar Land, Texas, United States, on February 16, 2009; previously it was headquartered in the 2000 St. James Place building in Houston.[1]


  • Overview 1
  • History 2
  • Products 3
    • Brazil 3.1
    • Canada 3.2
    • Colombia 3.3
    • Costa Rica 3.4
    • Chile 3.5
    • China 3.6
    • France 3.7
    • Dominican Republic 3.8
    • Hong Kong 3.9
    • India 3.10
    • Indonesia 3.11
    • Iran 3.12
    • Japan 3.13
    • Kenya 3.14
    • Malaysia 3.15
    • Mexico 3.16
    • Netherlands 3.17
    • Pakistan 3.18
    • Paraguay 3.19
    • Philippines 3.20
    • Peru 3.21
    • Russia 3.22
    • Spain 3.23
    • United States 3.24
    • Taiwan 3.25
    • Trinidad and Tobago 3.26
    • Venezuela 3.27
    • Vietnam 3.28
  • Other products 4
  • Headquarters 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The company was originally incorporated in 1945 as Florida Foods, Inc. It employs over 1,900 people and has over $2 billion in sales (1997 est.).[3]


2000 St. James Place, the former Minute Maid headquarters, in Houston, Texas

In 1945, the National Research Corporation (NRC) of Boston, Massachusetts, developed a method of concentrating orange juice into a powder using a high-vacuum evaporation process previously developed for dehydrating medical products for use in the U.S. war effort. The US Army had a need for 500,000 lb (227,000 kg) for the war, so NRC created a new branch, the Florida Foods Corporation. Led by John M. Fox, the company won the government contract for $750,000.[3] The war ended and the contract was canceled before the factory could be built, but with investment, the company moved forward with a product.[3]

Rather than selling powder to the public market, the company decided to create frozen orange juice concentrate, using a process that eliminated 80 percent of the water in orange juice. A Boston marketing firm came up with the name Minute Maid, implying the juice was quick and easy to prepare.[3]

The first shipment took place in April 1946. The same month, the company was renamed Vacuum Foods Corporation. With limited funds for advertising, Fox himself went door to door giving free samples, until demand skyrocketed.[3]

The ability to purchase fresh-tasting orange juice at any time of year, far from where oranges are grown, proved popular, and led to the company's national success.[3] Additionally, Bing Crosby was made their first pitchman in December 1948.[4]

In October 1949, the company adopted the name Minute Maid Corp.[3]

The Minute Maid company was purchased by Coca-Cola in 1960.[3]

In 1967, Minute Maid relocated to Houston, Texas, and is joined with Duncan Foods to form the Coca-Cola Foods division. [5]

In 1970, the company was involved in a scandal in the United States about bad housing, often referred to as "slave quarters," and working conditions of Minute Maid farm laborers in Florida. The United Farm Workers stepped in to support the workers. NBC reported on the issue in a 1970 documentary called Chet Huntley's Migrant: An NBC White Paper.[6] In response to the bad press and a boycott in Florida, the company established a program that improved the workers' situation.[7]

In 1973, the company released its first ready-to-drink, chilled orange juice product in the United States, entering an "orange juice war" with Tropicana.[3]

In 1996, the name was changed from Minute Maid Corp. to The Minute Maid Company.[3]

The Coca-Cola Company sold its Minute Maid orange groves in Florida in 1997. The United Farm Workers again took the side of the orange growers during this time.[8]

In 2001, the Minute Maid division of Coca-Cola launched the Simply Orange brand.

In 2002, Minute Maid bought the naming rights to re-brand the Houston Astros ballpark from Enron Field to Minute Maid Park.[5]

In 2003, Minute Maid's division fully merged with Coca-Cola North America.[5]


Minute Maid Enhanced Lemonade: Pomegranate Lemonade.


  • Minute Maid Mais - Del Valle .[9]
    • Apple, Cashew, Cashew Mango, Grape, Guava, Mango, Orange, Passion fruit, Peach, Homemade Orange


  • Minute Maid 100% Juice
    • Pure Squeezed Orange Juice, Pulp Free Pure Squeezed Orange Juice, Home Squeezed Style Orange Juice, Original Orange Juice, Pulp Free Orange Juice, Low Acid Orange Juice, Apple Juice, Apple Grape, Grapefruit Juice, Fruit Blend, Tropical Orange, and Mixed Berry
  • Fortified Juices
    • Original Orange Juice with Calcium and Vitamin D, Orange Tangerine with Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Juice Drinks
    • Fruit Punch, Berry Punch, Cranberry Punch, Grape Punch, Mango Punch, Orange Guava Punch, Peach Punch, Raspberry Punch, Orange Punch, Cranberry Cocktail, Pink Grapefruit Cocktail
  • Lemonades
    • Lemonade, Pink Lemonade


  • Del Valle

Costa Rica

In Costa Rica Minute Maid sells Hi-C products.


  • Minute Maid is marketed under the brand Andina


  • Minute Maid Pulpy - first billion dollar Coke brand to emerge from China[10]
  • Minute Maid Pulpy Super Milky
  • Minute Maid Pulpy Aloe & White Grape Juice


  • Minute Maid 100% fruit Juice[11]
    • 100% Orange Juice - Orange Juice drink with 100% orange juice
    • 100% Apple Juice - Apple Juice drink with 100% apple juice
    • Red Sensation - 100% juice drink made with apple, raspberry, and blackcurrant juices
  • Minute Maid InCase Juice Drinks
    • Banana-Pineapple - enhanced with vitamins and calcium
    • Banana-Cherry -Blackcurrant - enhanced with vitamins and calcium
  • Minute Maid Nectar Juice Drink
    • Tropical - juice drink made from orange, apricot, guava, mango, passion fruit and sugar
  • Minute Maid In The Cafe
    • Orange
    • Strawberry
    • Apple
    • Tomato
    • Raisin
    • Peach

Dominican Republic

Simply Lemonade
  • In the Dominican Republic came to market in December 2007 with Orange flavor, and in May 2008 launched the flavours of raspberry, apple and strawberry, in summer 2009 and launched the flavors of pear and carrot

Hong Kong

  • Minute Maid Pulpy orange juice
  • Minute Maid grapefruit juice
  • Minute Maid lemonade juice
  • Minute Maid aloe vera juice
  • Minute Maid apple juice
  • Minute Maid Goat Milk juice


  • Minute Maid Pulpy Orange Drink - Orange Juice drink made from concentrate.
  • Minute Maid Nimbu Drink - Lemon juice drink
  • Minute Maid Apple - Apple juice
  • Minute Maid Mixed Fruit - A mixed fruit juice
  • Minute Maid Mango - Mango Juice Drink
  • Minute Maid 100% - Grape, Apple, Orange[12]


A litre of Minute Maid Pulpy Orange in a bottle in Indonesia
  • Minute Maid Pulpy Orange Drink - Orange Juice drink made from concentrate.
  • Minute Maid Pulpy Tropical Drink - Tropical fruit Juice drink made from concentrate.
  • Minute Maid Pulpy O'Mango Drink - Orange and mango juice drink made from concentrate.
  • Minute Maid Pulpy Lemon Drink - Lemon Juice drink made from concentrate.
  • Minute Maid Pulpy Aloe Vera with White Grape
  • Minute Maid Pulpy Fruit Bite
  • Minute Maid Nutriboost


in production


  • Minute Maid Fruit Plus - Juice drink.[9]
    • Apple Guava, Lemon Lime, Orange Peach


  • Minute Maid - Mango Orange.
    • Contains a mixture of Mango and Orange
  • minute maid pulpy orange 100%


  • Minute Maid - Pulpy
    • Contains pure orange juice and orange pulpy


  • Minute Maid Forte - Fruit Juices and Nectars.
    • Apple, Orange, Grape, Peach, Pineapple, Mango, Tomato, 100% Orange Juice, 100% Apple Juice, Fibramix (Apple, Pineapple and Pear mix) and Fruits (Strawberry, Banana, Guava, Pineapple, Mango and Orange mix)
  • Minute Maid Revita - Fruit Drink.
    • Limoné (Lemon), Marandú (Apple, Orange and Peach) and Melondía (Watermelon and Cantaloupe)
  • Minute Maid Nutri+ - Fruit Juice.[9]
    • Apple, Orange, Grape, Peach


  • Minute Maid 100% fruit Juice
    • 100% Orange Juice - Orange Juice drink with 100% orange juice
    • 100% Apple Juice - Apple Juice drink with 100% apple juice
    • 100% Tomato Juice - Tomato Juice
    • 100% Mulityfruits - Multifruits


Minute Maid entered the Pakistani market in 2008. Here they have used the same advertising concept as they have used in India i.e. "where is the pulp?" as both countries market are similar to each other.

However, the entry of Minute Maid is seen by many as late as a lot of beverages companies are already there and the market is not really growing. Thus, Minute Market has a lot of competition to deal with.

  • Minute Maid Pulpy Orange
  • Minute Maid Pulpy Tropical
  • Minute Maid Pulpy Nimbu/Lemon (Launched in 2012 and discontinued the same year since the taste was not much liked by the masses)
Peach nectar sold by Frugos Paraguay


  • Minute Maid is sold under the brand name Frugos.
  • Frugos Néctar de Naranja (Orange Nectar)
  • Frugos Néctar de Manzana (Apple Nectar)
  • Frugos Néctar de Durazno (Peach Nectar)


  • Minute Maid Pulpy Orange, with real pulp bits
  • Minute Maid Pulpy Mango-Orange, with real pulp bits
  • Minute Maid Pulpy Four Seasons, with real pulp bits


  • Frugos


Minute Maid is marketed under the brand "Моя семья" (eng. "My family"). Also Minute Maid Pulpy Orange is selling under the brand "Добрый" (eng. "Kind")


  • Minute Maid AntiOx - Combination of fruit juices with antioxidizing properties.[13]
    • Orange, Raspberry and Haw, Pineapple, Blackcurrant and Plum
  • Minute Maid Clásicos - Unsweetened fruit juices.[13]
    • Orange, Peach and grape, Pineapple and grape, Multifruit
  • Minute Maid Duofrutas - Mix of fruit juice, skimmed milk and vitamins.[9]
    • Mediterranean, Tropical
  • Minute Maid Limón&Nada - Lemonade drink available in Spain.[14]
    • Classic, Mint.
  • Minute Maid Selección - Fruit juices and nectars.[13]
    • Orange, Tomato, Apple, Pineapple, Peach, Grape
  • Minute Maid Premium - 100% fruit juices.[13]
    • Orange, Pineapple, Orange with Calcium
  • Minute Maid SojaPlus - Drink with fruit juice and soy.[13]
    • Latin fruits

United States

A carton of Minute Maid Premium: Berry Punch.
  • Minute Maid Premium Orange Juice and Premium Blends (Frozen & Refrigerated) - Fruit drinks[9]
    • Original, Original + Calcium, Country Style, Extra Vitamin C and E plus Zinc, Kids+, Home Squeezed Style, Home Squeezed Style + Calcium, Pulp-Free, Low Acid, Light, Orange Tangerine + Calcium, Orange Passion + Calcium
  • Minute Maid Blends
    • Orange Cranberry, Orange Passion, Orange Strawberry Banana, Orange Tangerine
  • Minute Maid Premium Lemonades - Juice drinks.[9]
    • Country Style Lemonade, Lemonade, Pink Lemonade, Limeade, Cherry Limeade, Lemonade Iced Tea, Raspeberry Lemonade, Soft Frozen Lemonade, Orangeade
  • Minute Maid Premium Punches - Juice drinks.[9]
    • Fruit Punch, Berry Punch, Tropical Punch, Citrus Punch, Grape Punch
  • Minute Maid Active - Orange juice drink enriched with Glucosamine HCI.[9]
  • Minute Maid Coolers - Fruit beverages.[9]
  • Minute Maid Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of 5 Juices - This product was the target of a 2014 false advertising lawsuit. POM Wonderful, a company selling 100% pomegranate juice sued the Coca Cola company because the Minute Maid product contains only .3% pomegranate juice and 99.4% apple juice.[15][16]
  • Minute Maid Heart Wise - Orange juice drink naturally sourced with plant sterols.[9]
  • Minute Maid Juice Box - 100% juice drink.[9]
    • Apple Juice, Fruit Punch, Grape, Orange Tropical, Orange, Mixed Berry, Lemonade
  • Minute Maid Juice To Go - Juice drink marketed in plastic bottles to drink on the go.[9]
    • Apple, Apple Cranberry, Apple Cranberry Raspberry, Apple Grape, Berry, Citrus Blend, Cranberry, Cranberry Grape, Cranberry Lemon, Fruit Punch, Grape, Graprefruit, Lemon Raspberry, Orange, Pineapple Orange Juice, Raspberry Strawberry
  • Minute Maid Just 10 - Fruit punch flavored juice drink.[9]
  • Minute Maid Enhanced - Mango Tropical, Strawberry Kiwi, Pomegranate Berry 12-oz PET, all enhanced with yerba mate for a natural energy lift; 27% juice blend[9]
  • Minute Maid Lemonades and Fruit Drinks - Fruit drink.[9]
    • Lemonade, Pink Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Limeade, Fruit Punch, Strawberry Passion, Tropical Citrus, Berry Kiwi
  • Minute Maid Light - Low calorie fruit drinks.[9]
    • Lemonade, Raspberry Passion, Mango Tropical, Guava Citrus, Cherry Limeade
  • Minute Maid Multi-Vitamin - Orange juice enriched with vitamins.[9]
  • Minute Maid Premium Juices & Cocktails
  • Disney Hundred Acre Wood 100% Juice Beverages
    • Apple Strawberry, Apple Grape, Apple Raspberry Peach, Apple Cherry Banana
  • Minute Maid Soft Drinks
    • Orange, Diet Orange, Lemon Lime, Diet Lemon Lime, Grape, Fruit Punch, Strawberry, Pineapple, Black Cherry
  • Simply Orange - premium not-from-concentrate fruit juices
    • Simply Orange: Grove Made (high-pulp), Country Stand (medium-pulp), Original (pulp-free), Calcium (pulp-free with 32% Dietary Reference Intake of calcium), With Mango, With Pineapple
    • Simply Lemonade, Simply Lemonade With Raspberry
    • Simply Limeade
    • Simply Grapefruit
    • Simply Apple


  • Minute Maid Pulpy orange juice
  • Minute Maid grapefruit juice
  • Minute Maid lemonade juice
  • Minute Maid grape aloe vera juice
  • Minute Maid apple aloe vera juice
  • Minute Maid Pulpy Tropical Fruit Juice

Trinidad and Tobago

  • Caribbean Bottlers Ltd


  • Sonfil: Orange Juice


  • Minute Maid Teppy Orange Drink - Orange Juice drink made from concentrate.

Other products


Minute Maid has its headquarters in an office building in the Sugar Land Town Square development in First Colony,[18] Sugar Land, Texas.

In 1985, The Coca-Cola Company purchased the 2000 St. James Place in Houston from Bechtel Corporation for Minute Maid. Minute Maid moved into the new office building the following year.[5]

In 2007, Coca-Cola retained New York-based Corporate Realty Consultants and Boyd Commercial LLC of Houston to sell 2000 St. James Place. The company negotiated with Planned Community Developers to lease an office building in Sugar Land Town Square.[5] Then, in January 2008, Minute Maid announced plans to move its headquarters to Sugar Land.[19] The headquarters building is located at Sugar Land's town center and opened on February 16, 2009. The city of Sugar Land gave the company a $2.4 million tax incentive to move its headquarters there.[20]

See also


  1. ^ a b Dawson, Jennifer. "Minute Maid headquarters opens in Sugar Land." Houston Business Journal. Monday February 16, 2009. Retrieved on February 16, 2009.
  2. ^ "The Minute Maid Company". Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 'The Minute Maid Company''"'". Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  4. ^ Kyle, Otto R. (11 October 1948). "By the Way". The Decatur Review (Vol 71 No 240). Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Dawson, Jennifer. "Big Firms Moving to Suburbs, part II." Houston Business Journal. Friday July 27, 2007. Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  6. ^ Roberta (Robbie) Jaffe 1972–1975; UFW in Florida
  7. ^ "The Coca Cola Company Business Information, Profile, and History". Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  8. ^ "UFW: Coastal, Napa - Rural Migration News | Migration Dialogue". Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "The Coca-Cola Virtual Vender". Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  10. ^ "Coke's 2020 vision for China". 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  11. ^ "Minute Maid > Accueil". Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  12. ^ "Coca-Cola India". Coca-Cola India. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  13. ^ a b c d e Minute Main España (Spanish)
  14. ^ Coca-Cola España (Spanish)
  15. ^ http://www.forbes.coms/michaelbobelian/2014/04/22/supreme-court-asked-to-referee-dispute-between-coca-cola-and-pom/
  16. ^
  17. ^ a b c d "Brands - Brand List". Coca-Cola. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  18. ^ Bivins, Ralph. "Sugar Land Town Square developers at jumping-off point in project." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday September 27, 2000. Business 1. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
  19. ^ "Minute Maid Selects Sugar Land for Relocation." Business Wire. Retrieved on May 14, 2010.
  20. ^ Dawson, Jennifer. "Minute Maid gets $2.4M incentive for move to Sugar Land." Houston Business Journal. Monday January 21, 2008. Retrieved on May 14, 2010.

External links

  • Minute Maid Company official website
  • (German) Minute Maid Germany official website
  • (Korean) Minute Maid Korea official website
  • (Spanish) Minute Maid Mexico official website
  • Minute Maid United Kingdom official website
  • (Polish) Cappy Poland official website
  • (Turkish) Cappy Turkey official website
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