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This Is the Most Unpopular Soda in America, According to Data

The U.S. delicate drink market is anticipated to attain $388.4 billion by the year 2025, in accordance to a examine carried out by Grand View Research, Inc. And whereas just about any non-alcoholic beverage—from bottled water to power drinks—falls into the delicate drink class, for many of us, the time period is most related to soda pop. Of course, not each soda is bringing in the massive bucks, both. So, at Best Life, we set out to decide which certainly one of the largest manufacturers in the beverage business makes the drink that is citing the rear. Yes, we crunched the numbers to decide the most unpopular soda in America.

First, we select 12 of the largest names in soda based mostly on model recognition and market share. Then we selected three key metrics to analyze: annual income knowledge* on the largest soda brands from Zippia, the place every model ranked in a client ballot of the 62 best soda brands on as of Aug. 20, 2021, and the variety of followers every model has on Facebook.

We then gave every of those metrics a weighted worth earlier than operating them by our unique algorithm to see how every beverage scored on our 100-point Soda Flop Index, with a rating of 100 indicating the most unpopular soda of the 12 we analyzed. Read on to uncover the most unpopular massive identify soda in America, see what customers have to say about every model, and discover out the place your bubbly beverage of alternative falls in the combine.

*Since Coca-Cola and Pepsi personal the overwhelming majority of the main gamers in the carbonated delicate drink market, annual income solely factored into every soda’s remaining rating if the knowledge was out there for a way a lot that particular model (not the company as a complete) was liable for producing. Otherwise, “N/A” was used in the circumstances the place these earnings figures weren’t out there. This metric was additionally given far much less weight than the different two in order to extra pretty assess client recognition. 

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Annual income: $37.27 billion

Best sodas of all time rank: 12

Facebook followers: 105 million

Soda Flop Index Score: 0.00

“My family drinks Coke on a daily basis,” Stacy of Delbarton, West Virginia wrote in a ConsumerAffairs review. “I literally buy a case every day and have always loved the taste and the fact that it doesn’t go flat as fast.”

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pepsi soda bottles

Annual income: $20 billion

Best sodas of all time rank: 5

Facebook followers: 37.1 million

Soda Flop Index Score: 22.65

“I’ve been a Pepsi product drinker for many many years and I must admit, I’ve always enjoyed every sip until the last drop,” Itachi of Wagener, South Carolina began a review on ConsumerAffairs. “But this year I’ve noticed that Pepsi products leave an extremely [awful] taste in my mouth. This taste is stale and [indescribable].”

Dr. Pepper can
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Annual income: $11.2 billion

Best sodas of all time rank: 1

Facebook followers: 13.8 million

Soda Flop Index Score: 28.54

“Dr. Pepper has been my favorite drink for like the last year!! It has a great flavor and it doesn’t go flat super fast!! Also it’s pretty cool how there are 23 flavors in one can,” Sara H. stated on Influenster.

A can of A&W Root Beer on a countertop
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Annual income: N/A

Best sodas of all time rank: 2

Facebook followers: 28,208

Soda Flop Index Score: 30.33

“It’s ok. I feel like it’s not super bubbly [and] tastes a bit flat, in my opinion. But for a float it would be ok,” Evelynn D. wrote on Influenster.

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A can of a Sprite soft drink on ice
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Annual income: $6 billion

Best sodas of all time rank: 3

Facebook followers: 22.0 million

Soda Flop Index Score: 31.94

“If I were to drink pop, I would choose to drink Sprite,” gaumum wrote in a evaluate on ChickAdvisor. “That is the pop of choice whenever I eat out. I like that it is colorless and it has no caffeine. It quenches my thirst effectively and is sweet. The only reason I don’t drink it more often is due to its sugar content … but it’s likely no more than any other pop.”

A can of Fanta Orange soda on ice
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Annual income: N/A

Best sodas of all time rank: 7

Facebook followers: 19.0 million

Soda Flop Index Score: 33.78

“I have always been a huge fan of Fanta drinks, [they’re] refreshing and just great to have when outdoors,” Aurelia C. wrote in an Influenster review. “[The] orange flavored one in particular isn’t my first choice but still I like it.”

A can of Mountain Dew soda on a counter
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Annual income: $7 billion

Best sodas of all time rank: 6

Facebook followers: 7.9 million

Soda Flop Index Score: 43.67

“Not a fan of Mountain Dew,” Ashley N. said on Influenster. “I do not like the flavor and it is not worth it to me for all the sugar, calories, and artificial ingredients. Just not the product for me.”

A glass bottle of Barq's root beer on a counter
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Annual income: N/A

Best sodas of all time rank: 11

Facebook followers: 14,533

Soda Flop Index Score: 53.09

According to the root beer consultants over at the weblog Root Beer Reviews for the Rest of Us: “Barq’s root beer has a very mainstream flavor in that it is hard to find much in it to really savor. Much like the carbonation, the flavor is flat and leaves a slightly metallic aftertaste. There is not much else to say. Barq’s simply misses the mark in the flavor department.”

A can of 7up with ice against it
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Annual income: $15.7 million

Best sodas of all time rank: 9

Facebook followers: 2.9 million

Soda Flop Index Score: 55.65

“I really like the flavor but I can’t imagine any reason to put that much sugar and acid in a drink,” Ayah Z. wrote on Influenster. “I like the diet version though, personally. I’m not sure I can recommend this in its non-diet form as it can’t be good for your health or your teeth.”

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Sunkist orange soda bottles
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Annual income: $1.15 billion

Best sodas of all time rank: 13

Facebook followers: 3.4 million

Soda Flop Index Score: 63.30

“It’s sweet and brightly colored and smells good (even though it’s all chemicals, I doubt an orange has ever even remotely been near this drink),” stated Huma R. on Influenster. “I used to drink this a lot as a kid and it’s a miracle I have any teeth at all.”

Three cans of Sierra Mist natural soda

Annual income: $1 billion

Best sodas of all time rank: 26

Facebook followers: 1.1 million

Soda Flop Index Score: 91.74

“Not a fan. Very odd flavor [and] almost a little too sugary or artificial. [It also] seems to be flat,” Mary-Claire Ok. stated in her Influenster review of the citrus soda.

four cans of diet coke

Annual income: N/A

Best sodas of all time rank: 30

Facebook followers: 2.4 million

Soda Flop Index Score: 100.00

“This product may taste good, but … it is also highly acidic, contributing to tooth enamel erosion,” Amanda-Kay P. suggested in her review of Diet Coke on Influenster. “I was hooked on this drink for years, and when I finally stopped drinking it, my constant headaches were gone.”

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