By Cano, Antoni J. · News editor
Many consumers are oblivious of this fact, and the company – currently the multinational Cadbury Schweppes – does not advertise it.
¿What is the origin? It was the Valencian chemist Agustín Trigo (1863-1952) – doctor Trigo – who invented this beverage in the 30s. Years before, in 1925, he put on the market Naranjina, a sparkling beverage made with orange or lime juice in his laboratory, located in Sagunto street, Valencia. In 1935 he marketed an evolution of Naranjina, named Trinaranjus, the first non-carbonated soda in Spain. In France it was the most popular soda under the name Orangina.
A professor of the Cardenal Herrera University, José María de Jaime, has just published a book about doctor Trigo, ‘Agustín Trigo Mezquita. Valencian chemist creator of Trinaranjus’. De Jaime, professor of History of Science, stands out about him his ‘clairvoyance’, since he not only created this popular soda, but he was also ‘in the forefront of the pharmaceutical thinking’ and was a pioneer in the industrialisation of the sector in Spain.
Before Trinaranjus, his laboratory was already renowned since the beginning of the century for the creation of his ‘Effervescent magnesium citrate’ (registered in 1904), that he sold with the picture of a woman farmer and the silhouette of the Micalet in the background. He produced up to 35.000 bottles per year.
Furthermore, according to De Jaime, Trigo was a Valencian ‘pioneer of autonomism’. The reason for this is that the chemist was also a republican mayor of Valencia in 1931. He promoted a preliminary draft Statute and introduced Valencian in the local government. He was imprisoned after the Civil War and released later.