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'Not so fast:' Northam attempting to save Northern Neck Ginger Ale

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Posted at 6:56 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 18:56:16-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Governor Ralph Northam says its too early to countdown the demise of Northern Neck Ginger Ale.

The Coca-Cola Company recently announced that they are retiring the cult-classic at the end of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Northam gave fans a glimpse of hope in a tweet Tuesday, saying he's not ready to give up on the Virginia favorite.

"Not so fast—I grew up with Northern Neck Ginger Ale and am among the many fans who would hate to see it fizzle out. We have reached out to @CocaCola and are doing everything we can to keep this popular Virginia staple on our shelves."

There is no word if there is a chance for the ginger ale to be revived, but Northam says "stay tuned."

Northern Neck Ginger Ale was developed in Montross in 1926 and produced in Sandston in recent years.

News of the local favorite being discontinued wasn't a big surprise as the company halted production of the ginger ale this summer due to an aluminum shortage.

A Virginia group has also started a petition in an attempt to save Northern Neck Ginger Ale.

"Hopefully, we can get enough signatures to show Coca cola how much it means to keep it on our shelves," the "Westmoreland County" group wrote.

So far, the petition has more than 8,900 signatures.