Missouri convenience store builds world's largest drinking cup

By Daniel Uria   |   Aug. 23, 2017 at 11:45 AM
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Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A Missouri-based convenience store set out to break a world record by building the world's largest soft drink cup.

Rhodes 101 unveiled the Guinness World Record-breaking 4,730 gallon soft drink cup filled with lemonade at an "Eclipising a World Record Party" on Sunday for National Lemonade Day.

More than 1,000 Southeast Missouri residents gathered for the reveal of the 15-foot-tall, 3,200-pound cup adorned with the company's logo.

"We do these things for one reason - it's to reward our loyal customers and celebrate our employees," Rhodes 101 vice president Brent Anderson said. "We are a Rhodes family, we're not just a Rhodes company."

The world record attempt began with a drink promotion from May 26 to July 31 during which 1 ounce was added to the final size of the record-breaking cup for each drink sold at the convenience store.

"The most exciting part about breaking this world record is that every one of our customers at Rhodes 101 gets to be part of helping us set the new world record," Rhodes President Jeff Maurer said during a mock press conference in May.

Calypso Lemonades set the previous record for largest cup/glass of soft drink by constructing a 3,246 gallon lemonade cup.

In addition to the size and volume of the cup, Rhodes 101 was required to meet several regulations to set the record, including having the contents verified by a health inspector and keeping the ingredients proportionate to the recipe.

To ensure the contents of the massive soft drink cup didn't go to waste, attendees were given free drinks of lemonade.

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