Vivi Kola is a unique, Swiss made drink and a cousin of famous Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola. Every part of production happens in Switzerland since 1938. Their original recipe features authentic, strong taste, and natural flavors. Also, they utilize grown kola nuts from Cameroon and fair trade vanilla from Madagascar. It sounds so crazy, but that’s a real taste trick!
The most significant thing is that Vivi Kola still follows the original recipe. A small, 0,33l bottle is enough to feel the greatness of such a unique flavor.
Manufacturers always care about transparency and sustainability – that’s why they choose specific suppliers of their raw materials. Furthermore, it is the only way to guarantee the best possible quality and sustainable raw materials to customers.
Besides kola nuts from Cameroon and organic vanilla from Madagascar, Vivi Kola uses 100% Swiss sugar from Swiss sugar beets. According to their words, it was an obligation for them because Vivi Kola is a traditional Swiss product.
Historic ups and downs of Vivi Kola
Vivi Kola was the first Swiss cola drink in 1938. The label was reminiscent of the origin of the Kola and reflected the spirit of the time – yellow sun showing a map of Africa. Four stylized Africans with baskets on their heads march in a row towards the coast. A ship is waiting there. It will bring the goods to Europe, which is still in the picture at the top.
The drink was successful and soon became ubiquitous in Switzerland. But the competition was fierce. The company in Eglisau was sold and resold, and Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola won the race. In 1986 Vivi Kola disappeared from the market.
Christian Forrer was a teenager at the time, just 13 years old. Years later, he revived the Swiss brand, despite many obstacles. On June 12, 2010, Christian opened the Vivi Café in Eglisau. There he was selling coffee in addition to the – caffeinated – mineral water. The former cult drink was slowly re-establishing itself. A sugarless version has also been available since the end of 2012. The nostalgia drink is now also sold beyond the borders of Eglisau, the canton of Zurich and Switzerland. Today, Vivi Kola is back on the good old road.