WHO WE ARE
The Northern Neck Foundation was formed in 2022 "to promote the preservation of Northern Neck cultural and historical icons through stewardship, leadership, and community engagement." The first mission of the foundation is to Save Northern Neck Ginger Ale - a Proud Virginia Tradition since 1926.
Dating back to 1926, Northern Neck Ginger Ale (NNKGA), originally known as "Carver's Ginger Ale", was proudly crafted and produced in Montross, Virginia (Westmoreland County). In 2001, Coca-Cola purchased the NNKGA recipe from the Carver family and shifted production to their plant in Sandston, VA.
Citing an aluminum can shortage at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Coca-Cola ceased production of NNKGA in July 2020. In October 2020, the company announced that the discontinuation would become permanent. (The Virginian Pilot, 2020)
Stephanie Johnson launched the Save Northern Neck Ginger Ale Facebook Group in 2018 when rumors started circulating about our drink's scarcity and seemingly reduced production. Since then, the group has grown to 6,000+ members.