EXTRAS: Farewell, old friend

A moment in history. My last ever glass of original Ribena. For some inexplicable reason, despite already producing some low sugar/no added sugar/full of chemical sweetener horrible stuff, the company has chosen to respond to the new Sugar Tax by taking most of the sugar out of their Original Ribena recipe and replacing it with horrible sweeteners.

They claim it is "the same Ribenary taste you love" but it frankly isn't. One person perfectly expressed it that it now tastes like drain cleaner.

Many of us protested and agreed we would gladly pay more for the Original product, but they have declined.

This was the very last bottle I had of the Original and this the very last glass. I have drunk this for 50 years and it has been my friend in conquering anaemia and my top favourite drink all my life. Farewell, old friend. You will be sadly missed.
Oh dear, a sign of the times
posted May 28th, 2018  
@30pics4jackiesdiamond Yes, indeedy. The Nanny State strikes again!
posted May 28th, 2018  
try a drp of brandy in it.
posted May 28th, 2018  
It looks very inviting in this lovely capture, have to say it wasn’t something that I particularly liked as a kid. It’s a shame that they have to change things!
posted May 28th, 2018  
Oh no!!!! Proper Ribena was a treat but so yummy!! I'm not convinced by all the sweeteners, they taste horrible.
posted May 28th, 2018  
I love the shot but have no clue what you drink. The sugar tax sounds interesting though even if I can see why you gladly would pay more to get the original. Hope you can find a new favourite.
posted May 28th, 2018  
The end of an era. So sad when your favourite things get changed for worse.
posted May 28th, 2018  
@newbank Totally agree! Artificial sweeteners taste horrible and they are not good for you at all. We'd be better off with sugar. Aye me.......such a shame.
posted May 28th, 2018  
What a great photo but a sad turn in history. Here they have made changes to drinks for years trying to convince us that the taste is "the same" or even better. Not a believer!
posted May 28th, 2018  
I didn't know that ... all in the name of progress
posted May 28th, 2018  
Oh no, my girls used to love Ribena when they were kids. So sad they have changed it.
posted May 28th, 2018  
This pretty photo is a fitting farewell!
posted May 29th, 2018  
Wonderfully processed.
posted May 29th, 2018  
Cool picture.
posted May 29th, 2018  
Somehow “new and improved” often isn’t......nicely captured
posted May 29th, 2018  
This is terrible news. Research is showing that the artificial sweeteners have some many problems. And - even worse - black rum and Ribena on ice is one of the best ever drinks!! What sad news for you!
posted May 29th, 2018  
Oh dear. I never knew this had happened to Ribena. Did you keep the bottle? Or I guess it's plastic these days. Thank you for immortalising the moment.
posted May 29th, 2018  
It's bad to hear your drink wasn't good, but your photo is gorgeous. Fav
posted June 3rd, 2018  
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