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Where’s Tropic-Ana? Bring Her Back

October 30th, 2008 · 5 Comments

By Garland Pollard

Tropic-Ana, Mascot of Orange Juice

BRADENTON - We grew up and were always pals with Tropic-Ana. She not only graced the packages of Tropicana, but she was on the outside of the bright orange CSX freight trains that ran from Palmetto/Bradenton Florida to packaging plants up north.

Yes, she was topless, but somehow it was covered over by a nice sort of necklace that always stayed positioned PERFECTLY.

She was gradually phased out, somewhere in the 1990s, though the date is uncertain. She does appear in the Tropicana online company history. Today, the Pepsi-owned brand is best known for an orange with a straw coming out of it.

We read from the Under Consideration design blog  that Tropicana is redoing their packaging again. It is fairly handsome, but minimalist. Not too bad, but we really want Tropic-Ana back.

Ana did return for a time for the company’s 50th anniversary in 2003. Pepsi launched a contest to find the “next” Tropic-Ana, and also issued a 50th anniversary carafe featuring Tropic-Ana. According to a 2003 press release, Tropic-Ana was based on Chrissie Kesten Pool, who modeled for the drawing and played the role of mascot.

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Tags: Grocery

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michael // Apr 30, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    My grandmother, Jane Beckley Burt, was the original artist of Tropic Anna. Her compensation? A firm handshake and a pat on the back. No wonder artists are starving.

    I would hope that the reason the logo was pulled was not out of political correctness because she was “topless;” Tropic Anna was merely a cartoon based on a 3-year-old girl who was a neighborhood friend of my father. It would be great to see my grandmother’s work back on Tropicana packaging.

  • 2 Maurla White // Aug 27, 2009 at 7:02 am

    I’d like to see Tropic-Anna back, too. It was a great logo and one that was creative. I love the drawing and happen to be related to the Kesten family through Chrissie’s mother.Thanks for the information about your mother and about Tropic-Anna.
    Maurla
    Maurla

  • 3 Garland Pollard // Aug 27, 2009 at 7:22 am

    I have had a large number of hits on this Tropic-Ana history page in recent weeks from across the country. Let’s hope Pepsico does the right thing and brings her back.

  • 4 Phillis // Nov 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    What year was Tropic-Ana created? They are featuring her on the 65th Ann. packaging. Check out Wal Mart in the near future!

  • 5 Betty Reineke // Jan 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I have a pendant for ladies necklace of Tropic Ana and 2 Tie Tacks of her. I would also like to see her back on the packaging.

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