Several years after Simonds Farsons Cisk (Farsons) launched their first beer in Malta, Farsons developed Kinnie, a unique, bittersweet soft drink that was launched in Malta in 1952 as an alternative to the innumerable colas that had proliferated in Europe since the Second World War.
Kinnie is a unique tasting, alcohol-free, refreshing beverage. Its golden amber colour, and the fact that it is made from bitter oranges and a variety of aromatic herbs, give this beverage a bitter taste which is an excellent thirst quencher. This drink is ideal on its own, particularly with a slice of orange. It also mixes excellently with a number of alcoholic drinks and cocktails.
Almost overnight, these distinctive characteristics made it Malta's own favourite soft drink, loved ever since by the local population and tourists alike.
In 1975, a renowned Paris institution - Comité International d'Action Gastronomique et Touristique - selected Kinnie as the beverage of the year, awarding it the prestigious trophy 'L'Epi d'Or de la Qualité Internationale' in recognition of its originality and quality.
In 1984, due to evolving lifestyle trends and an increase in health awareness, a diet version was introduced and now forms an integral part of the Kinnie brand.
Kinnie Zest was added to the portfolio in 2007 to target health-conscious, young adults who have an active interest in health and their wellbeing.