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Orange Julius is a chain of fruit drink beverage stores. It has been available since the late 1920s.[1]

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An Orange Julius stall outside Liat Towers, Orchard Road, Singapore, with Dairy Queen being housed together.

The drink grew out of an orange juice stand opened in Los Angeles in 1926 by Julius Freed. Sales were initially modest, about $20 a day (over $200 adjusted for 2007 inflation). In 1929, Bill Hamlin, Freed's real estate broker, developed a mixture that made the acidic orange juice less bothersome to his stomach. Freed's stand began serving the drink, which had a frothier, creamier texture. The sales at the stand increased substantially after the introduction of the new drink, going up to $100 a day. People began lining up at the store and shouting, "Give me an Orange, Julius!" Eventually, the new drink would simply be called "the Orange Julius".[2]

During the 1950s and 1960s, Orange Julius was sold at a variety of outlets, including state and county fairs and freestanding Orange Julius stands.

The Orange Julius was named the official drink of the 1964 New York World's Fair.[3]

Originally, and through the 1980s, a raw egg blended into the drink was offered as an option. This was seen as a good source of protein for body builders. However, the option was later dropped for food safety reasons, and bananas are now offered as a substitute.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Orange Julius beverage stands used the image of a devil with a pitchfork, similar to that of the Arizona State University mascot, Sparky around an orange, with the slogan, "A Devilishly Good Drink". The company later dropped the logo and slogan after threats of a lawsuit from the ASU alumni association.

An Orange Julius restaurant existed in London for a short while in the early 1970s. It was situated in the suburb of Golders Green, but despite its apparent popularity, Orange Julius did not really take off in the UK and the Golders Green branch was gone by about 1976.

In 1987, the Orange Julius chain was bought by International Dairy Queen. IDQ, and by inclusion since 1999, Berkshire Hathaway, owns the rights to all Orange Julius stores, and have expanded the chain so its drinks are included in many of their Dairy Queen mall stores, called Treat Centers.[4]

In 2004, Orange Julius launched a line of Premium Fruit Smoothies to compete with smoothie competitors such as Jamba Juice and Smoothie King.

See also

Notes

Sources

  • Mariani, John F. (1999) The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink. New York: Lebhar-Friedman. ISBN 0-86730-784-6

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Julius Freed (August 13, 1887April 23, 1952) was an American banker, mechanical engineer, and amateur pigeon racer, notable for his involvement in the creation of the beverage Orange Julius.

Freed was the only son of German immigrants Adolf Freed and Irmgard Cumbie-Stanz, who settled in California in 1902. Although Freed's engineering prowess brought forth many innovations, including:

  • The auto-cleaning spectacles,
  • An inflatable shrimp trap and
  • A portable pigeon bathing unit,

He is arguably best remembered for his contribution to the beverage industry with the Orange Julius.

Freed was a contemporary of, and often corresponded via post with, Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, American film director Cecil B. DeMille, and northern California prune farming pioneer Bradly H. Johnson.

Freed died of natural causes in his Los Angeles, California, home.

References

  • Cunningham, Arthur J. "Local Inventor, Proprietor Dead at 64" Los Gatos Daily Letter. 24 April 1952, late ed.
  • Kaempffert, Waldemar B. Popular History of American Invention. New York: AMS Press, 1975.

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