Today in Crocodilian Thirst Quenching History: 4/30

A half-century ago today, one of the preeminent brands in sports drink history was first registered as a trademark in the United States.  On April 30, 1968, Stokely-Van Camp, Inc. was granted U.S Registration No. 848245 for the mark GATORADE for a “fruit flavored soft drink and powder for making the same.”  First developed in 1965 by a team of scientists at the University of Florida College of Medicine, the drink was originally intended for use by the Florida Gators football team to help athletes by acting as a replacement for body fluids lost during physical exertion.  After several years of successful use with the Florida Gators, the drink was named “Gatorade,” and a deal was signed with Stokely-Van Camp, Inc. to market the product for wider commercial consumption.  Acquired by PepsiCo in 2000, the GATORADE brand now enjoys a seventy-five percent share of the sports drink market in the United States, and the original 848245 registration remains in force.

By Fotonovela [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from  Wikimedia Commons .

By Fotonovela [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons.