Courtesy of Rio Syrup
Bitter Missouri winters are sweeter now thanks to Rio Syrup Company Inc., a St. Louis company that manufactures syrups for snow cones and slushies.
Founded next to the Rio Theatre in 1940 by Stuart S. Tomber, the company originally produced carbonated syrups to add to sodas. The product was then sold to area movie theaters and bars. In his day, Tomber found competition in soft serve ice cream, soda stands, and new cola flavors from the national cola companies.
Today, Rio manufactures nearly 250 syrup flavors, a sweet success at festivals, fairs, and more. The company ships syrups throughout the United States and to about 20 countries worldwide.
Rio also sells shaved ice machines and kits for the convenience of shaved ice at home. The syrups have stayed in the family, and Tomber’s son Phil runs the company with his wife and son.
Visit www.Riosyrup.com for more information.