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Entry from July 18, 2023
“Vimto is a poor man’s Ribena”

The blackcurrent drink Vimto (originally introduced in 1908, although the recipe was changed) has been compared to Ribena (introduced in 1938). Both drinks are popular in the United Kingdom.
     
“Vimto, the poor man’s Ribena” was posted on Twitter by Jacko Unnatural on July 19, 2009. “Vimto a poor man’s Ribena!” was posted on Twitter by BEExPEE on June 16, 2011. “Vimto is the poor man’s Ribena, lol” was posted on Twitter by Adele D on January 22, 2012. “Vimto is a poor man’s ribena” was posted on Twitter by Perry Campion on February 7, 2012. “Vimto is just a poor man’s Ribena” was posted on Twitter by Dill on March 8, 2020.
 
Many people disagree. “Ribena, even if it is the poor man’s Vimto” was posted on Twitter by The 37th Wombat 馃悵馃挋 on September 19, 2009. “Don’t give me that, Ribena’s the poor man’s Vimto. Vimto’s been around a lot longer than Ribena 😉” was posted on Twitter by Phil Evans on June 15, 2010. “When will people realise that Ribena is just the poor man’s Vimto… Can’t afford the magical mixture of fruits” was posted on Twitter by Dionysia 馃懜馃従 on April 26, 2013. “Ribena is a poor man’s Vimto…” was posted on Tiwtter by Mr Bracewell (Y Cymro 馃彺鬆仹鬆仮鬆伔鬆伂鬆伋鬆伩) on September 23, 2020.
 
   
Wikipedia: Vimto
Vimto is a soft drink first sold in Lancashire in the United Kingdom. It was first manufactured as a health tonic in cordial form, then decades later as a carbonated drink. It contains the juice of grapes, raspberries and blackcurrants (at a 3% concentration), flavoured with herbs and spices. The original recipe was invented in 1908 by John Noel Nichols.
 
Wikipedia: Ribena
Ribena (/ra瑟藞bi藧n蓹/ rye-BEE-n蓹) is a brand of blackcurrant-based soft drink (both uncarbonated and carbonated), and fruit drink concentrate designed to be mixed with water. It is available in bottles, cans and multi-packs. Originally of British origin, it was produced by British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) until 2013, when the brand was sold to Japanese beverage conglomerate Suntory.
 
Twitter
Jacko Unnatural
@jacko_unnatural
Vimto, the poor man’s Ribena.
10:59 AM 路 Jul 19, 2009
 
Twitter
The 37th Wombat 馃悵馃挋
@wombat37
@SteveDoherty1 Ribena, even if it is the poor man’s Vimto.
12:29 PM 路 Sep 18, 2009
 
Twitter
Phil Evans
@phevans
@andytip Don’t give me that, Ribena’s the poor man’s Vimto. Vimto’s been around a lot longer than Ribena 😉
9:11 AM 路 Jun 15, 2010
 
Twitter
David Nightingale
@DNCreative
@joecritchley has heard that Vimto is the poor man’s Ribena
10:53 AM 路 Sep 17, 2010
 
Twitter
BEExPEE
@carmelagnisse
Vimto a poor man’s Ribena!
5:53 AM 路 Jun 16, 2011
 
Twitter
GigerPunk
@GigerPunk
Derek Griffiths wasn’t poor, was he? http://youtube.com/watch?v=LYw44kfu9Qk  RT
@gamesasylum Vimto - the poor man’s Ribena.
5:03 PM 路 Oct 3, 2011
 
Twitter
Adele D
@dellyolc
Vimto is the poor man’s Ribena, lol. #BelfastFollowLadder
4:30 PM 路 Jan 22, 2012
 
Twitter
Perry Campion
@hasslehoffkid
Vimto is a poor man’s ribena.
11:13 AM 路 Feb 7, 2012
 
Twitter
Dionysia 馃懜馃従
@iDionysia
When will people realise that Ribena is just the poor man’s Vimto… Can’t afford the magical mixture of fruits
7:32 AM 路 Apr 26, 2013
 
Twitter
Lucy Isherwood
@Ishhhyyy
Just tried vimto for the first time. I’m sorry but its a poor man’s ribena.
8:00 AM 路 Jun 30, 2013
     
Twitter
Chloe Williamson
@cvwilliamson
@PaulAtherton91 10000000x yes. Vimto is just poor man’s ribena.
8:37 AM 路 Jul 19, 2013
 
Twitter
Marc
@talktomarc
@winnieuk Vimto is quite simply poor man’s Ribena
11:30 AM 路 Aug 18, 2013
 
Twitter
Curtis Jobling
@CurtisJobling
@GillHoffs Rearranged to spell the word VOMIT - poor man’s Ribena 😉 #hurp
12:47 PM 路 Jun 4, 2014
 
Twitter
Dill
@LivinDreadGirl
Vimto is just a poor man’s Ribena
12:11 PM 路 Mar 8, 2020
     
Twitter
Jess 馃憫 The Nail Bitch 馃拝 鈽
@JessiCanterbury
My mum asked if I wanted a bottle of Vimto getting in last week and I told her I didn’t want to poor man’s Ribena!!
I got Ribena today 馃槏 I had a strawberry Ribena issue a few years back when Heron was selling 3 big bottles for 拢1…
4:35 PM 路 Aug 1, 2020
 
Tiwtter
Mr Bracewell (Y Cymro 馃彺鬆仹鬆仮鬆伔鬆伂鬆伋鬆伩)
@BracewellMr
Ribena is a poor man’s Vimto…
5:07 PM 路 Sep 13, 2020
 
Twitter
Ms. Doris Fuckles
@MissDorisFckles
Vimto is a poor man’s RIBENA
9:32 AM 路 May 15, 2022
 
Twittter
Spencer Millbery
@SMillbery
It鈥檚 (Vimto—ed.) poor man鈥檚 ribena鈥
1:12 PM 路 Jul 14, 2023 from Harrow, London

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