Pepsi Thinks You Might Want Just A Few Calories In Your Soda

If full-calorie soda dumps too much sugar into your system and diet drinks just don’t have the punch you want, Pepsi wants to woo you with its new 60 calorie-per-can offering, Pepsi Next. It’s been years since they’ve launched a major product, so perhaps the name “Tada!” would’ve been a fun choice. Just sayin’. [More]

The United Arab Emirates Will Not Stand For The Grocery Shrink Ray

When Coke and Pepsi cans sold in the United Arab Emirates were shrink rayed from 355 milliliters (about 12 ounces) to 300 mL (about 10 ounces) while the price remained the same, it wasn’t just customers who complained. The government noticed, too, and is removing the offending cans from store shelves. Those wacky foreigners! [More]

Mid-Calorie Pepsi Next To Launch Nationally Next Year

Mid-Calorie Pepsi Next To Launch Nationally Next Year

Cola drinkers in Wisconsin and Iowa have apparently given the thumbs up to Pepsi Next, the “mid-calorie” drink being test-marketed in the two states. PepsiCo plans to go national with the 60-calorie soft drink next spring. [More]

Coca-Cola Raising Prices 3-4% In July

Coca-Cola Raising Prices 3-4% In July

Just in time for 4th of July picnics, sucking down the sweet elixirs spewed out by Coca-Cola is about to get a little pricier. Citing the rising cost of commodities, the bottling giant announced it’s going to raise prices 2-3% in July. [More]

Iowa & Wisconsin Cola Drinkers To Be Guinea Pigs In Test Of "Pepsi Next"

Iowa & Wisconsin Cola Drinkers To Be Guinea Pigs In Test Of "Pepsi Next"

Even though the news was leaked back in early April that (Pepsi would be trying out a mid-calorie cola called Pepsi Next), the company has only just now gotten around to confirming the drink’s existence, along with the fact that it will begin testing Pepsi Next in Iowa and Wisconsin starting next month. [More]

Marketers Reintroducing Vintage Package Designs

Marketers Reintroducing Vintage Package Designs

Everything old is new again. To tap into your nostalgia and your wallet, brands are dusting off old package designs not seen since the 60’s and 70’s and putting them back on the shelves. [More]

Pepsi Machine Wants You To Buy Drinks For Friends And Random Strangers

Pepsi Machine Wants You To Buy Drinks For Friends And Random Strangers

PepsiCo has rolled out what it deems a “social” vending machine, which allows customers to buy drinks for friends, who receive a redemption code by text and use it to pick up their soda at any other social vending machine. The machine also has a “Random Acts of Refreshment” mode, just in case you really want to give a complete stranger in another city a can of Pepsi. [More]

HFCS-Free Kosher Pepsi Now Available For Passover

HFCS-Free Kosher Pepsi Now Available For Passover

Passover starts next week, which means that fans of non-HFCS colas can stock up on 2-liters of soda that eschew any sort of corn-based ingredients in favor of sugar. But while we’ve written about kosher Coke in year’s past this is the first year we’ve noticed that Pepsi is offering a Passover-ready drink. [More]

Pepsi To Meet Diet Cola Drinkers Halfway With 60-Calorie Pepsi Next

Pepsi To Meet Diet Cola Drinkers Halfway With 60-Calorie Pepsi Next

In the never-ending battle to find a drink that will please both the calorie-conscious and those who crave some sugar in their sodas, Pepsi is once again prepped to go the mid-calorie route with something called Pepsi Next. [More]

Pepsi Throwback Becomes Permanent

Pepsi Throwback Becomes Permanent

Pepsi “Throwback,” a version made with real sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup, will has been upgraded from “limited time” to “permanent,” the sodamaker announced on its Facebook wall. No more driving down to Mexico or waiting for Passover to snatch some up. You can now enjoy the all-natural sugary pick-me-up beverage as an occasional treat and compliment to your favorite nutritious meals and snacks all year-round. [More]

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]

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]

Does Diet Pepsi's Skinny Can Send The Wrong Message?

Does Diet Pepsi's Skinny Can Send The Wrong Message?

PepsiCo has chosen New York Fashion Week to roll out its new “skinny” Diet Pepsi can, along with a campaign that says the container is a “celebration of beautiful, confident women.” That hasn’t gone over very well with advocates for people with eating disorders who called the campaign “thoughtless and irresponsible.” [More]

Pepsico CEO Says "Doritos Are Not Bad For You"

Pepsico CEO Says "Doritos Are Not Bad For You"

“Doritos are not bad for you,” PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi told Fox Business News moments ago. “Doritos are nothing more than corn mashed up, fried up in oil, and flavored in the most delectable way.” [More]

The Colonel Is Kicking Ronald's Ass In The China Fast Food Wars

The Colonel Is Kicking Ronald's Ass In The China Fast Food Wars

Though KFC is struggling stateside, in China it is dominating over all other fast food rivals, even global juggernaut McDonald’s. In some parts of the country, the image of Colonel Sanders is more ubiquitous than Mao’s, reports Bloomberg Markets magazine. That’s no mean feat in a country that has proven resistant to foreign penetration. The secret, is in the sauce, using local ingredients in the food as well as its management team, building up partnerships with local suppliers and catering menus to include regional dishes. [More]

PepsiCo Inches One Step Closer To Soylent Green With "Snackified" Beverages

PepsiCo Inches One Step Closer To Soylent Green With "Snackified" Beverages

Because healthy food just isn’t cool enough for today’s youth, the folks at PepsiCo will soon be rolling out “snackified,” amped-up — to the extreme! — pureed fruit in the form of something called Tropolis. [More]

Why Don’t The Calories On This Mountain Dew Bottle Add Up?

Why Don’t The Calories On This Mountain Dew Bottle Add Up?

Eagle-eyed reader Brian was sitting back and enjoying an ice-cold Mountain Dew when he noticed that something seemed funny about the math on the Nutrition Facts label. [More]