RIO Syrup Company St. Louis Missouri Since 1940
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Rio Syrup Company, Inc. was founded next to the RIO Theatre on Riverview Boulevard in north Saint Louis by its manager Stuart S. Tomber a native of South Bend, Indiana, on April 17, 1940.

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Initially its products were carbonated syrups to compliment cola drinks. Early top selling flavors were RIO Dutch Style Root Beer, RIO Best Up (a clear lemon-lime drink) and RIO Orange Pineapple. The firm went by the name Rio Soda Syrup Company in the early days, selling primarily to the movie theater chains and bars in the Midwest. After the war as more Americans hit the open road, soft serve ice cream and soda stands opened up all over the country. Realizing this potential Stuart Tomber began offering 45 gallon wooden Root Beer barrels manufactured by the Multiplex Company of Saint Louis. Usually they had 3 faucets — one for cola, one for RIO Root Beer, and a third faucet for carbonated water to make ice cream sodas.

Eventually the large national cola companies began manufacturing other carbonated and non-carbonated flavors of their own. Realizing this, Stuart Tomber began manufacturing beverage flavors for the soda fountains, ice cream stores and outdoor amusement venues popping up everywhere. Big sellers at that time were flavors for malts, milk shakes, Italian sodas and sno cones, such as cherry, lime, orange, pineapple, and vanilla. Cherry Cokes and Vanilla Pepsis remain as popular as ever as well as orangeades, limeades and lemon shake-ups.

Today, Stuart’s son Phil runs the RIO Syrup Company who, along with his wife Addie and son Billy, keeps the RIO brand name growing. With the evolution of shaved ice, the sno cone has transformed from a child’s treat to a taste enjoyed by folks of all ages all over the world. Now RIO manufactures nearly 250 flavors for shaved ice syrups, including sugar free syrups, slush flavors and bases, shipping them all over the United States and exporting to some 20 other countries.

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RIO Syrup Company, Saint Louis Missouri
Copyright © 2001 RIO Syrup Company, Inc.
2311 Chestnut Street • Saint Louis, Missouri 63103-2298 USA
Contact us at 1-800-325-7666. flavors@riosyrup.com
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