Due to a trade embargo imposed in 1941, Nazi Germany was no longer able to import Coca Cola syrup.

Coca-Cola Deutschland (Coca-Cola GmbH) decided to make a new product for the German market, using ingredients available in Germany at the time – sweetened whey and apple fiber residues. The name of the new soda drink (Fanta) was reportedly derived from the German word Fantasie (fantasy). 

After the war, Fanta production was discontinued when the parent company was reunited with the German branch. But when the Pepsi Corporation began marketing competing soft drinks in the 1950s, Coca Cola relaunched Fanta in 1955 and marketed it in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.