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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

No Coke -- Pepsi

I love that the folks at Costco stick up for us members. They've told the demons at Coca-Cola to take a hike because their prices are too high. Awesome.

Meanwhile, the Costco folks have started carrying this stuff -- containing 16 or 18 percent actual fruit juice, and cane sugar instead of the hideous high-fructose corn syrup. I can drink one every now and then with far less guilt. Know-it-alls, please don't spoil it for me.

Comments (21)

Oh good and its not made by another US company.

Who knows? Pellegrino is probably a subsidiary of Exxon.

No wonder there is a price dispute. I would pay triple for a Coke before I would stoop to drinking Pepsi. Maybe I'll try the fruit drink.

Why are you buying soft drinks at Costco anyway? It's well documented that they don't discount them worth a damn anyway.

http://consumerist.com/5406635/costco-bans-coca+cola

Oh yeah, and Gibby's right. I'd drink a quart of motor oil before I'd stoop to actually buying Pepsi. :-)

they don't discount them worth a damn anyway.

You're dreaming. They charge about a quarter a can for Coke, as I recall.

Agreed on the Pellegrino sodas, those things are incredible.

Did Costco ever put in any better bottle-return mechanism? We haven't shopped there for years, but when we did it always irked me that a place that sold in the bulk requiring an entire wall of soda cans made you stand in their information line to return the cans, which seemed to actively discourage people from returning cans and bottles there and forced them onto other retailers. Admittedly, that was a while back.

I don't know what Costco's prices for Coke products are, but they're nearly always on sale in some combination elsewhere. I can often pick up a 24-pack of Diet Coke for $5.99 at Safeway (that's 25¢/can) and I think currently, if you buy 3 or more 12-packs it's $3.33 apiece (28¢/can).

Well, Jack, everything is relative. But before sipping that San Pellagrino, notice it has the same amount of sugar as Classic Coke, 39 grams, and twenty more calories than Coke, at 160. Plus they’re empty calories. Perhaps knowing that will make you consider a refreshing glass of OJ instead, the “powerhouse of fruit juices:” http://www.bellybytes.com/articles/orangejuice.shtml

I do drink the OJ as well.

This inspired me to dust off one of my worthless collectibles. A 16 ounce bottle of Coke in the heavy glass "money back bottle." The ingredients are carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavorings and caffeine. It's sealed with a "Fun Cap." Okay, back in the closet for another decade.

The bottle, that is. Not me.

For a while, the Costco in Clackamas has stocked flats of glass bottled Coke imported from Mexico, which features cane sugar.

When I'm drinking a rare soft drink at home, it's what I have. I'll be annoyed if this goes away too.

Iced tea, please. I'll add however much of whatever sweetner I please.

It's well documented that they don't discount them worth a damn anyway.

Really? Cuz they wanted about $6 for a 24-can case last time I looked.
Fred Meyer, however, has 12-packs on SALE for $7.49, with a listed regular price of $12.99! (Beaverton store)

I prefer Hansen's soda anyway. And Winco carries it for $1.88/six pack most days.

Did Costco ever put in any better bottle-return mechanism? We haven't shopped there for years, but when we did it always irked me that a place that sold in the bulk requiring an entire wall of soda cans made you stand in their information line to return the cans, which seemed to actively discourage people from returning cans and bottles there and forced them onto other retailers.

The answer is, yes, they have machines now. But I disagree on the convenience factor - it's much worse with machines. I used to go to the return line with everything in a cart, tell them how many I had, and they took the cart and handed me the money - it was honor system, and no one bothered to count. Now they're like everyone else, where you wait in line to stand in front of a machine that's way too slow and breaks down often. I'll grant you that the requirement that you have to be a Costco member to claim the refund tends to discourage street people from these locations, but that doesn't make up for the other differences (and yes, that last comment is a bit elitist of me).

I remember that brand used to be sold by vendors on the beach in Tel Aviv (around 1978.)

After paying about $50/year for the privilege of shopping at Costco, they'd better find a way to get Coke back on the shelves.

No Coke -- Pepsi? No Costco -- BJ's!

(previous post got lost?)

Nestle owns San Pellegrino. Perrier too. In fact, Nestle probably owns most food and drink products you buy, and a host of other products.

Remember Nestle's attempt to get water in the Gorge? They're part of a global effrt by conglomerates to buy and control water. If you're lucky, they might sell you some.

just fyi
www.killercoke.org


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