For the 14th year in a row, Manitoba has been crowned the Slurpee Capital of the World.
As July 11 approaches, i.e. 7/11, 7-Eleven says the province once again has the highest average number of Slurpee cups sold per store in a region.
“Canada can no longer be complacent with this title as we have some serious competition globally,” said Tim Donegan, vice president for 7-Eleven Canada. “But we have faith in Manitobans and their passion for all things Slurpee. It’s a title they’re extremely proud of and it really shows how Slurpee is truly a part of our culture — it’ll take a lot to beat that.”
Calgary and Detroit are quickly moving in on Manitoba’s title.
To celebrate, 7-Eleven will be giving out hundreds of thousands of free Slurpee drinks on Thursday. 485 stores from B.C. to Ontario will be cooling thirsty customers down by each giving away 1,500 larger-than-before 12oz Slurpee drinks, while quantities last.
New flavours this summer include Crush Lite Grape, Crush Lite Orange, Mountain Dew Supernova, and Mountain Dew Voltage.
Manitoba Slurpee fun facts:
- Slurpee is the number one beverage served to women in Winnipeg’s maternity wards in the summer time
- Instead of giving flowers, people meet and greet friends and family at the airport by giving them Slurpee drinks
- When it’s -40 degrees Celsius outside, people are seen waiting for the bus, biking and skating with a Slurpee in hand
- Slurpee is the choice drink for fans watching outdoor football games when it’s -20 degrees Celsius
- Slurpee is often served at summer weddings
- People consume Slurpee drinks for breakfast year round
- As of July 2013, Winnipeg plays host to one of the top three Slurpee stores: Airdrie, Alberta, snatching the #1 spot; Portage Avenue in Winnipeg (#2); Devonshire Drive North, Regina (#3)