Fanta originated due to the World War II trade embargo against Germany

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With the embargo of Nazi Germany, the ever-popular Coca-Cola soon sold out, with no more syrup coming in to the country. As a result, the head of Coca-Cola Deutschland needed to improvise to keep his plant afloat.

Using only ingredients available in Germany at the time, including pomace (a waste product of wine, often used as fertilizer), a new drink was developed, and named Fanta (short for “fantasie,” the German word for imagination). After the war, Coca-Cola reconnected with the factory and immediately brought this new product into its fold. Fanta is now one of the most recognized soft drinks in the world, available in 90 countries.

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