Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Yacht Club Soda

Only In Rhode

So, yes obviously, we are all about being local. Most people are catching on that "Local" is a good thing, but not everyone could explain to you why. We can definitely tell you why - probably more than you want to know, in fact, haha! 

Rather than go into the specifics of economic infrastructure and the financial mechanics of local economies (somebody's showing off that fancy college education.....), we'll explain it this way - Not In My Back Yard......

We've all heard that phrase used and it's typically in a situation where people or companies are willing to accept negative policies or results as long as it doesn't happen "In my back yard".......meaning, it does not directly affect them personally.

When you live in a community, and work in that community, and raise your family and operate a business in that community, it's all your back yard. So, you give a lot of thought to every business decision you make and the impact it will have on the community that is your home. You want the best for your family, for your business and, by extension, your community. 

Yacht Club Soda is a perfect example of that. Founded in 1915, (old, even by Rhode Island standards) Yacht Club is still a family-owned business and is the Official Soda of Rhode Island. The company (meaning the family) is careful to make business decisions that create a positive and long-lasting effect on their local community and the New England community as a whole. During a time when mega-soda brands are cutting costs by using chemical ingredients, Yacht Club maintains the highest standards for its products while doing everything they can to reduce their environmental impact. Yacht Club Soda is a company that deserves it's excellent reputation, and we are proud to carry their products in our stores.

Yacht Club is a family owned and operated local manufacturer that believes in having minimal impact on the environment. Only returnable glass bottles are used, they can be returned for a credit. All bottles returned are sterilized then reused. (Reuse is the best form of recycling) Every bottle returned saves enough energy to power a standard light bulb for 100 hours. Last year alone with the Think Green Save the Bottles campaign, Yacht Club reused over 5000 cases (120,000+ Bottles) keeping them out of our local landfill.

Yacht Club Bottling Works opened in 1915 with the goal of bringing a premium quality beverage to Rhode Island. A lot has changed over the last 95 years, but Yacht Club, The Official Soda and Water Company of Rhode Island, is still dedicated to providing premium quality beverages to Rhode Island and surrounding areas.

Yacht Club only uses glass bottles for carbonated soft drinks. Glass, because it keeps the contents fresh and pure unlike any other container. Every drink produced begins with natural artesian water, from an artesian well drilled through the bedrock 180ft below the building, in 1923. The water is natural mineral water and has exceptional characteristics for carbonation. Its natural temperature is 45 degrees, which allows carbonation without the use of cooling towers that can be bad for the environment. Also the water naturally accepts 5.5 volumes of carbonation without alteration. This means NO SALT ADDED for carbonation.

All syrups are made onsite with only extra fine granular pure cane sugar mixed with natural artesian water. Never High Fructose Corn Syrup! Pure cane sugar is triple the cost of HFCS but well worth it. Pure Cane Sugar is unmatched in quality and taste. When the syrup is fully mixed, the finest extracts, and flavorings are added to make a truly unique drink. Yacht Club also has a large selection of sugar free options including diet soda and naturally flavored sparkling water. You will notice when you drink a Yacht Club Soda that it is clean, smooth and genuinely refreshing.