Monday, January 26, 2009

Beep in the USA

It appears that BEEP drink also was in the USA according to Pansypoo's blog.

"Beep" was a orange breakfast drink made by Reliable Dairy in South Bend Indiana many years ago. Their slogan was Beep for Breakfast! Not sure if this is what you were looking for or not. My Grandfather worked at the dairy and brought home Beep promo items like cups, a bird whistle, a pith helmut, etc.

Cute story about "BEEP For Breakfast" cup...

...over at this person's blog.

Beep For Breakfast cup for sale in Japan

Check out this adorable cup for sale on this Japanese website ...If I understood Japanese I would buy it in a heartbeat ... :(

Friday, January 23, 2009

Brain Capacity

I'm not the only one with Beep on the brain. Check out Brain Capacity's musings on Beep juice.

Reader submitted memories of Beep Juice

Anonymous - Beep was an orange sugar water put out by the dairy board - specifically (sp?) Parmalat Dairy. Just another attempt by the dairy industry to get us hooked. As if the chemicals in milk aren't enough - let's fill our kids with sugar water....mmmmm!

Thea - I am late to the Beep debate but we had it on the east coast too!! Our staple foods at lunch time were Beep and a licorice. Oh, teenage eating disorders! What fun. I can see the package so clearly, just like a small milk carton, bright orange with the little chick. :)

Mike, Jen and Julie - Hello Sarah, just thought you'd like to know that me and my two sisters are on a vacation in Rome (from Calgary) and are laughing our asses off about Beep. I googled Beep and found your blog. Even though we loved beep as kids, we have started using the word beep to describe crappy things. Ie, today we visited some ruins (somewhat crappy ruins) and my sister declared them to be the beep of ruins. Ciao from Roma!

Dave - I used to drink Beep all the time, one litre size, after a big night of roller skating or skate boarding. All my brothers and friends bought it at 7/11 in the early to mid 80's.

Anonymous - I love BEEP! I think they still sell it in Cape Breton. Didn't have a bird hatching from an egg on the carton? Having BEEP was way better than McDonalds orange drink. What a great name for a is just fun to say.

Anonymous - LOL Beep was a great product! No nutritional value whatsoever and a vibrant unnatural orange colour, it must have been distributed in Saskatchewan by Co-Op dairies because our milkman (remember those guys?) used to deliver it along with our milk 3 times a week. When I was about 10, my brother would have been 4, he was in bed and I brought him a drink of beep to which I had added some tabasco sauce...he drank it and started yipping and hollering and ran downstairs to tell on me...unfortunately our parents had guests over and man was I in trouble...I should mention that I wasn't in the habit of doing this kind of thing, we sure laugh about it now and my brother's wife keeps threatening to do something similar to me when I least expect it...

Pam - I grew up in Richmond, VA (DEFINITELY not Canada!) and we had Beep, although my family never got it. It was delivered with the milk. Came in a carton. And yes, there was a picture of a chick on the carton. Some of my friends even had Beep cups -- plastic yellow cups with the red Beep chick. I was so jealous....

Beep Juice ingredients

Beep Juice ingredients taken from the Farmer's Dairy Beep Juice page. I have no idea if this brand of Beep Juice is the same as the Saskatchewan juice I drank as a child

Ingredients: Water, sugar, concentrated orange juice, concentrated apple juice, apricot puree, citric acid, prune syrup, orange pulp, modified corn starch, canola oil, flavour, sodium citrate, colour, sodium benzoate, ascorbic acid.

Here is the nutritional content.
A photo of the East Coast packaging.

Farmers Dairy out East makes Beep

I googled Beep manufactures and found Farmers Dairy out east makes Beep. I wrote to ask if I could order some Beep to BC and this was their response.

Hi Sarah,
Thank you for your inquiry. We do make beep, however, we only have distribution in the Atlantic Provinces and I am not aware of any other companies that make it.

Since we do not have distribution outside the Atlantic Province, you would have to find a carrier with refrigeration to pick up the product prepaid at our Halifax location. I am not aware of any carriers offering this service. If you are successful in locating a carrier and wish to purchase some beep, please contact me and I will have our credit department advise you of your payment options.

Kind regards,
Ron Marchand
Farmers Dairy Consumer Care

American's Guide to Canada

An American's Guide to Canada mentions Beep.
Manitoba drink made from about 1% real orange juice, 99% sugar, water, food colouring. Another visitor reports this is also available in the Maritimes.

Beep drink cups

I found some Beep Juice drink cups at an antique store.

Beep Juice!

Does anyone remember "BEEP juice"?

We also called it Beep Drink because I don't think it had enough fresh ingredients for it to actually be juice.

I drank it at track meets and birthday parties when I was in grade school. I think it may be a Saskatchwan thing... but does anyone else remember it?? It came in a white "milk" type carton with orange writing...I think the packaging boasted that it was 1% real juice. *laugh*