Diet Coke Unseats Pepsi As #2 Cola Brand

Diet Coke Unseats Pepsi As #2 Cola Brand

Pepsi has spent decades throwing stones at Coke from its position in second place among the fizzy beverage brands. And now Pepsi will need to toss those stones even farther as the brand has given up its spot to Diet Coke and slipped to third on the list. [More]

Coke Pulls Some Products From Shelves For "Off Taste"

Coke Pulls Some Products From Shelves For "Off Taste"

Some retailers in the St. Louis area are being asked to pull a variety of Coca-Cola products off the shelves because of a “slight off taste.” [More]

American Beverage Association Responds To Call For Ban On Caramel Coloring In Cola

American Beverage Association Responds To Call For Ban On Caramel Coloring In Cola

Earlier this week, the Center For Science In The Public Interest petitioned the FDA to ban two forms of caramel coloring, claiming that the ammonia and sulfites used in the creation of the products results in allegedly carcinogenic chemicals making their way into the resulting food and drink. Consumerist reached out to Coca-Cola and Pepsi to get their side of the story, but were instead passed on to the American Beverage Association, which offered its own version of things. [More]

CSPI Asks FDA To Ban Caramel Coloring Used In Coke, Pepsi And Other Stuff You Like

CSPI Asks FDA To Ban Caramel Coloring Used In Coke, Pepsi And Other Stuff You Like

Yesterday, the folks at the Center for Science in the Public Interest sent a petition to the Food & Drug Administration, demanding that the “caramel coloring” commonly used in sodas like Coke and Pepsi be banned because they claim it contains a pair of carcinogenic chemicals. [More]

Coca-Cola Says Revealed Recipe Is Not The Real Deal

Coca-Cola Says Revealed Recipe Is Not The Real Deal

The internet has been abuzz this week with reports that Coca-Cola’s secret recipe had been inadvertently leaked in a 1979 newspaper story. But the beverage behemoth is attempting to kill that buzz by saying that the revealed recipe isn’t authentic. [More]

Is This The Secret Recipe For Coca-Cola?

Is This The Secret Recipe For Coca-Cola?

The greatest trade secret of all time — the secret recipe for Coca-Cola — has been revealed, according to This American Life and The Daily Mail. In fact, the secret behind Coke’s proprietary mixture of sugar, water, caramel color and more sugar, may have actually been exposed 32 years ago, in an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [More]

Diet Coke's Anti-Starbucks Ad Finds Perfect Home On Wall Outside Starbucks

Diet Coke's Anti-Starbucks Ad Finds Perfect Home On Wall Outside Starbucks

Here in NYC, there are countless surfaces available for slapping your ads onto. So for its slam on Starbucks, the folks at Diet Coke picked the perfect spot: on the same building as Starbucks. [More]

Consumers Group Asks FTC To Stop Misleading Vitaminwater Marketing

Consumers Group Asks FTC To Stop Misleading Vitaminwater Marketing

Sick of seeing Vitaminwater continue to market itself as some sort of health drink, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, the National Consumers League has called on the Federal Trade Commission to intervene and put an end to what it believes are Vitaminwater’s deceptive practices. [More]

Dr. Pepper Testing 10-Calorie "Dr. Pepper Ten" In Six Cities

Dr. Pepper Testing 10-Calorie "Dr. Pepper Ten" In Six Cities

Even though there is already a zero-calorie diet version of Dr. Pepper, the soda company is thinking about releasing a 10-calorie version and is testing it out at stores in a handful of markets around the country. [More]

Coca Cola Launches Recycling Machine That Does The Sorting For You

Coca Cola Launches Recycling Machine That Does The Sorting For You

Situated outside a Kroger in Arlington, TX, is a new structure that resembles a slimmed down drive-thru restaurant or the world’s longest ATM. It’s actually the first of Coca-Cola’s “Reimagine” recycling machines that allows customers to dump aluminum cans and #1 PET plastic containers in all at the same time. [More]

Study: Sugary Beverages Have Tenuous Relationship Between
Reality And Nutrition Info

Study: Sugary Beverages Have Tenuous Relationship Between Reality And Nutrition Info

Adding fuel to the HFCS vs. sugar fire, a new study claims that not only does the actual amount of sugar in a sweetened beverage vary wildly from what the nutritional information says, but that drinks sweetened with High-Fructose Corn Syrup contain significantly more fructose than had been expected. [More]

Pepsi Has The Balls To Say What Coke Won't: HFCS Doesn't
Taste Exactly The Same As Sugar

Pepsi Has The Balls To Say What Coke Won't: HFCS Doesn't Taste Exactly The Same As Sugar

A few weeks back, Coca-Cola informed us that there is no distinguishable difference in taste between Coke made with High-Fructose Corn Syrup and Coke made with cane sugar. But when we asked the people at Pepsi the same question, they had a very different answer. [More]

Heirs Of Barq's Bastard Sue Coca-Cola

Heirs Of Barq's Bastard Sue Coca-Cola

It’s like something out of one of those daytime soaps I have most certainly never gotten hooked on — Heirs of the illegitimate son of the Barq’s root beer founder have filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola, alleging that the 1995 sale of Barq’s to the cola colossus wasn’t exactly legit. [More]

Coca Cola: We Don't Need To Make A Cane Sugar Version Because You Already Have Mexican Coke

Coca Cola: We Don't Need To Make A Cane Sugar Version Because You Already Have Mexican Coke

A few weeks back, we asked readers if they would buy a cane sugar version of Coca Cola and an overwhelming 89% of you said “yes.” So Consumerist asked Coke if the company had any plans to introduce non-HFCS version — a la Pepsi Throwback — on a national scale. The answer — no, because we already have Mexican Coke. [More]

More People Buying Mexican Coca Cola

More People Buying Mexican Coca Cola

Perhaps it’s the glass bottles. Or it could be the lack of high fructose corn syrup. Maybe it just tastes better. Whatever the reason, a growing number of folks on the north side of the Rio Grande are drinking Coca Cola bottled in Mexico. [More]

Sierra Mist Ditching HFCS For Good, 7Up Getting Reformulated

Sierra Mist Ditching HFCS For Good, 7Up Getting Reformulated

Barring the complete outlawing of fizzy drinks, the Coke vs. Pepsi fight will continue to be the main event in pop pugilism. But what about the albino step-siblings of these cola titans — the lemon-lime drinks? These lesser libations — Sprite, Sierra Mist, 7Up — have seen their ad budgets butchered and their sales sink in recent years. But none of them are willing to go down for the count without at least one last left hook. [More]

Vitaminwater Isn't Healthy, Rules Federal Judge

Vitaminwater Isn't Healthy, Rules Federal Judge

A federal judge ruled this week that Vitaminwater will not, as its labels promise, keep you “healthy as a horse.” Nor will it bring about a “healthy state of physical or mental being”. Instead, Vitaminwater is really just a sugary snack food; non-carbonated fruit coke disguised as a sports drink. Because it’s composed mostly of sugar and not vitamin-laden water, judge John Gleeson held that Vitaminwater’s absurd marketing claims were likely to mislead consumers. [More]

Burger King And Coca Cola Both Caught Badvertising In The UK

Burger King And Coca Cola Both Caught Badvertising In The UK

It hasn’t been a good week on the other side of the pond for Burger King or Coca Cola. The fast food company got a kick in the rear for misleading customers about the size of its chicken sandwich, while the cola giant is left having to tell little kids not to Google “2 girls 1 cup” after a failed Facebook campaign. [More]