The company that created Mission soft drinks went through several name and location changes over the years. Initially, California Crushed Fruit in Los Angeles produced the first soft drinks. Their Mission Orange soft drink was so successful that, in 1933, they formed The Mission Dry Corporation and started bottling Mission Orange soda in a unique black bottle. By the 1950s they had become Mission of California, Inc. with offices based in New Haven, Connecticut. Throughout their total history, they manufactured soft drinks from about 1929 to 1970.
Around 1950 the company started putting their soda into 1-quart, cone-top cans. Today, some of these cans can be quite valuable. One source stated that in 2000 a Mission Root Beer quart cone top can went for over $3000 at auction.
Mission also put their soft drinks in flat-top cans, but those didn’t really catch on until the ’60s.
Mission Soda was available in several flavors, including orange, lemon-lime, coco-pina, cherry, black cherry, cream, grape and root beer.
Mission soda production was based in California but was bottled all over the US.
Like many vintage soda brands, full details on the company and its products are difficult to find. We’re always looking for images and data so we can update these types of posts.
Do you have a Mission story you’d like to share? What was your favorite flavor?