Revenue USD 10 Million (1998)
Type Privately held company
|Products Carbonated soft drinks|
|Area served Northeastern United States|
Headquarters Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
The A-Treat Bottling Company is a beverage company, with headquarters in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in the United States, that manufactured and bottled the regionally popular A-Treat brand of carbonated soft drinks. A-Treat temporarily stopped production in 2015, but was then revived by Jaindl Companies after a local outpouring of support.
A-Treat was formally established in 1918 by Joseph C. and John L. ("Jack") Egizio. Their father, Gioacchino Egizio, started a beverage business in the family home in the 600 block of Front Street in Allentown, and later built a small manufacturing facility behind the home. Their mother, Vincenza Munjone, also came from a family involved in the beverage business in Allentown. In 1932, the Egizio brothers moved the business to Union Boulevard in East Allentown, where it remains to this day. Joseph C. Egizio served as the board chairman of A-Treat Bottling Co. until retiring in 1989. He died in 2000, at the age of 96. John L. Egizio, who had started working at the company at the age of 13 delivering sodas on his bicycle, served as vice president and co-owner until his death in 1990.
In 1991, the company was the subject of regional news coverage when a smear campaign was launched against A-Treat as it tried to sell its sodas in New York City. The campaign, which targeted African Americans, claimed certain brands of carbonated beverages — including those produced by A-Treat — were actually manufactured by the Ku Klux Klan and contained stimulants that would "sterilize the black man". Investigations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and New York City's Department of Health found the claims to be unsubstantiated and untrue. (See also: Tropical Fantasy)
On July 21, 2015, it was announced that the Jaindl Companies had purchased the A-Treat brand, including its name, trademarks, formulas, and related intellectual property. A co-packing agreement was reached with The Coca-Cola Company that keeps production in the Lehigh Valley, with production scheduled to resume in August 2015. A poll was held on July 27th, 2015 to decide the first flavors A-Treat would release onto store shelves. Orange Cream, with 17% of the votes, and Black Cherry with 8%, were declared the winners and production of the two flavors was immediately started alongside the eight previously announced flavors: Birch Beer, Cream, Big Blue, Ginger Ale, Sarsaparilla, Orange, Root Beer, Grapefruit, and Diet Cream. A-Treat Grapefruit, another flavor with a devoted following, was the first soda to roll off the line when A-Treat made its return in 2015.
On May 20th 2016, A-Treat launched Orange Cream onto store shelves. It was the company's first new flavor in more than six years. Incidentally, it was revealed that the winning flavor was the result of one person voting over 10,000 times in the two polls.
The company formerly distinguished itself by producing sodas in the traditional manner (e.g., using essential oils and cane sugar, rather than extracts and high fructose corn syrup). As of the final production, the company used both cane sugar syrup and high fructose corn syrup. A-Treat produced soft drinks in at least 16 different flavors, including Big Blue (blue raspberry), Birch Beer, Black Cherry, Champagne Kola, Cola, Cream soda, Fruit Punch, two kinds of Ginger Ale (Pale Dry and Golden, formerly Peppery Golden), Grape, Grapefruit, White Birch Beer, Pineapple, Sarsaparilla, two kinds of Orange (regular and Orange Dry), Lime (formerly Tom Collins Mixer), Tonic Water (formerly Quinine Water), Strawberry, Treat-up, and Root Beer. Most, if not all, of these flavors were also produced in a diet formulation. A-Treat Birch Beer and Sarsaparilla are rated highly by connoisseurs of these types of beverages.
A-Treat beverages had limited distribution throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and as far away as Bermuda, but only large-scale distributors tend to carry the less ordinary flavors. However, all flavors were sold online. The website was limited and ordering over the phone was listed on their basic site. Josh Jaindl runs daily operations for the company.