Coca-Cola Cherry, originally introduced (and still known in some countries) as Cherry Coke and informally known as Chola, is a cherry-flavored version of Coca-Cola. It is produced and distributed by The Coca-Cola Company and its bottlers in the United States and some international markets.
Coca-Cola Cherry has been offered in a number of different countries. Currently, in addition to the U.S., the drink is available in China, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Germany, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Bulgaria, Peru and Uruguay. It is also available in Japan and Poland, but is still known as Cherry Coke in those countries. It is available in Ireland through British pharmaceutical chains such as Boots and Superdrug. Cherry Coke is also available in Belgium but only in cans of 250 ml. In New Zealand Coca-Cola Cherry can be found in some supermarkets. In the past the product has been offered in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Latvia, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. It is no longer bottled in these countries apparently due to poor sales, although the U.S. product is imported by some Canadian convenience stores near the Canada-U.S. border, as well as by IGA, Costco and specialty retailers in Australia. In Sweden it's available at different grocery stores. The grocery stores source their goods from import from USA and the self-produced Coca Cola cherry from Coca Cola enterprises Sweden. In Norway, Cherry Coke is available at Reitan Group stores.
Since January 2011, Coca-Cola Cherry is also available in Switzerland distributed by Coop.
Long before its official introduction in 1985, many diners and drugstore soda fountains dispensed an unofficial version of Cherry Coke by adding cherry-flavored syrup to the Coca-Cola mix; this drink is called cherry cola.
Coca-Cola tested Cherry Coke on an audience at the 1982 World's Fair. After the introduction of Cherry Coke and the failure of New Coke the drink then entered mainstream production in 1985. Cherry Coke, which by 2007 had been renamed Coca-Cola Cherry in the U.S. and some other countries, was the third variation of Coca-Cola at that time – the others being classic Coke and Diet Coke – and the first flavored Coke. It was released concurrently with the far less popular New Coke, and gained significant market share when that product was discontinued in 1992. Diet Cherry Coke was introduced in 1986, and renamed "Diet Coke Cherry" in 2005. A second low-calorie version, Coca-Cola Cherry Zero (based on Coca-Cola Zero), was added in 2007.
raspberry, lemon, Black Cherry Vanilla and orange variants. Many of these are currently only sold in overseas markets or are microdispensed through Coca-Cola's Freestyle vending machines.