Mountain Dew Debacle Shows Why You Can't Let The Internet Play Mad Libs With Your Product

Mountain Dew Debacle Shows Why You Can't Let The Internet Play Mad Libs With Your Product

UPDATE: Reps for Mountain Dew have sent a statement to Consumerist clarifying its involvement (or apparent lack thereof) in the disastrous promotion. [More]

I Want My Trans Fats Back: Consumerist Readers Speak Out About Recipe Changes

I Want My Trans Fats Back: Consumerist Readers Speak Out About Recipe Changes

Last week, we asked you, the members of the Consumerist Hive Mind, what prepared food items you’ve abandoned or fallen out of love with due to a recipe or ingredient change. What we learned from reading the responses: Consumerist readers love their junk food almost as much as Consumerist editors do. [More]

Midwest To Play Guinea Pigs In Test Of Malt-Flavored Mountain Dew

Midwest To Play Guinea Pigs In Test Of Malt-Flavored Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew, long treated like the haggard, unemployed cousin of the big brand sodas, is about to try to go up-market with the test of a pricier, malt-flavored variety of the drink called “Mountain Dew Johnson City Gold.” [More]

Pepsi Wants You To Try New Yogurt Flavors Like “Choco Balls”

Pepsi Wants You To Try New Yogurt Flavors Like “Choco Balls”

Not enough chocolate balls for you in the yogurt aisle? Pepsi is embarking on a dairy adventure in an attempt to lure health-conscious consumers with a new line of yogurt flavors. Along with traditional flavors like strawberry, blueberry and Greek styles, there will also be “Choco Balls” and “Chocolate Flakes.” One can never get too much chocolate in one’s yogurt, after all. [More]

Why The Math On Your Soda Bottles & Cans Doesn’t Always Add Up

Why The Math On Your Soda Bottles & Cans Doesn’t Always Add Up

In the two years since we first covered the complicated rounding involved with soda bottle nutrition labels, some changes have been made with the goal of clearing up things like calorie count and serving size. But some questions still keep popping up, so it’s probably time for a refresher course. [More]

Pepsi: Mountain Dew Isn't Just For Suburban Teens Playing Video Games, Really!

Pepsi: Mountain Dew Isn't Just For Suburban Teens Playing Video Games, Really!

If Mountain Dew brings up images of your older brothers hunkered down in the basement with said soda and bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, during marathon sessions of Dungeons & Dragons or World of Warcraft, you aren’t the only one. Pepsi acknowledges that their “dew message” isn’t reaching big cities, and is trying to spread the bright green liquid love to “cooler” places than the suburbs. [More]

Dunkin' Donuts Breaks Up With Pepsi To Go Steady With Coke

Dunkin' Donuts Breaks Up With Pepsi To Go Steady With Coke

If your world actually does run on Dunkin’, you may notice a bit of a change at your local chain. The company announced Monday that they’re switching from offering PepsiCo products to Coca-Cola in all Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins in the U.S. [More]

It's Time To Get Your HFCS-Free Kosher-For-Passover Coke & Pepsi!

It's Time To Get Your HFCS-Free Kosher-For-Passover Coke & Pepsi!

The Jewish holiday of Passover is coming up, which means that Coca-Cola and Pepsi put out special versions of their signature beverages that contain regular old sugar and not high fructose corn syrup. [More]

Pepsi No Longer "Choice Of A New Generation," But Malt-O-Meal Is

Pepsi No Longer "Choice Of A New Generation," But Malt-O-Meal Is

For those of us who came of age glued to a TV in the ’80s, we knew that Pepsi was the “choice of new generation,” if only because commercial after commercial featuring superstars like Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie told us it was. But that distinction now belongs to the folks behind Malt-O-Meal, who snapped up the trademark after Pepsi let it lapse. [More]

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]