6 Crush Sodas You Can Only Get in Newfoundland

Crush Soda in Newfoundland

Despite having just about 1.5% of Canada’s population, Newfoundland and Labrador has a surprisingly large amount of exclusive food and drink items. Appreciated by Newfoundlanders for decades, the Crush soda brand offers Newfoundland soft drink flavours that aren’t available elsewhere in the country.

Why? This phenomenon may have some connection to a large portion of Newfoundlanders being loyal to Pepsi, the distributor of Crush in Canada. One internet posts suggests that the preference stems from a union dispute in the 1980s that caused Coca-Cola to lay off its production staff in St. John’s. Eventually the plant closed altogether, leaving Pepsi as the only soft drink distributor in Newfoundland.

Some of these flavours can be found in various specialty stores in Canada, especially areas with large populations of Newfoundlanders. It’s possible to order most online too, but the shipping charges are a killer. As far as readily available, retail distribution goes, these are only-in-Newfoundland soft drinks.

Crush Pineapple

 

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Crush Pineapple is perhaps the favourite of Newfoundland soft drink lovers. It’s popularity here is well-documented, and it’s the top-selling item at St. John’s International Airport. Elsewhere in Canada, you might be in luck: Crush’s national website has it listed as a limited-time summer flavour for 2019 in a 473ml can. Here, it’s available in 355ml cans, and both 591ml and 2L bottles.

Crush Lime

 

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Along with Orange and Pineapple, Crush Lime was one of the first three Crush flavours sold in Newfoundland. That means it’s been around for almost 50 years! You can get it in 355ml cans, and both 591ml and 2L bottles.

Crush Clear Cream Soda

 

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Crush Cream Soda is available pink across the nation, but here, it’s clear. We cheated a bit with this entry, because Quebec usually has the clear version, too. It’s available in 355ml cans, and both 591ml and 2L bottles.

Crush Diet Cream Soda

 

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The only diet Crush in the rest of Canada is Orange, but here, you can get diet Cream Soda. Unlike the regular Crush Cream Soda in Newfoundland, the diet version is pink. It used to be available in cans too, but it’s only in 2L bottles now.

Crush Birch Beer

 

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Other flavours may have been available elsewhere throughout history, especially in other countries, but Crush Birch Beer has only ever lived in Newfoundland. Available only in 355ml cans, this is one that most Newfoundlanders certainly take pride in and know is exclusive to their home. It tastes very similar to root beer, but is actually pink.

Crush Blue Raspberry

 

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Relative to other flavours, Crush Blue Raspberry is quite new to the Newfoundland soft drink scene. It’s only available in 591ml bottles, and is another flavour that has gotten the limited-time treatment nationwide.

 

Which one is your favourite? Have you ever seen these elsewhere in Canada?