Woodbury, New York based AriZona Beverage Company recently unveiled a new and improved version of its Chocolate Fudge Float Soda. Using acesulfame potassium and sucralose, an 8-0z. serving has only 50 calories and .5 grams of fat despite being made with real chocolate and cream.
Arizona Beverages traces its toots back to 1971 when friends John Ferolito and Don Vultaggio opened a beverage distribution business in Brooklyn, New York, primarily distributing beer. In 1990, they saw the success of Snapple (also a Brooklyn-based company founded in the 1970s) bottled juices and teas, and decided to try to make their own product. In 1992 they produced the first bottles of their own Arizona teas. The company has since introduced dozens of beverage products to the market under several brand names, with some of the most popular being their “Arnold Palmer” blend, “Arizona Green Tea,” and Cowboy Pop.