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(NBC News)   Impressed by PepsiCo lab engineers' commitment to create Dorito-breaded chicken wings and Dew-infused salad dressing and wing sauce, Buffalo Wild Wings will switch soft drink suppliers from Coke to Pepsi   (nbcnews.com) divider line 57
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2013-12-14 09:13:06 PM  
Say... why hasn't Coke tried to go this route with its products? There's Coke Slurpee... and I think that's it.
 
2013-12-14 09:14:59 PM  
Thankfully I already hate that place with the fiery passion of ten thousand suns.
 
2013-12-14 09:22:14 PM  

FishyFred: Say... why hasn't Coke tried to go this route with its products? There's Coke Slurpee... and I think that's it.


Coke Slurpee with Sailor Jerry. OM  NOM NOM

/got nothin
 
2013-12-14 09:43:08 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-14 09:48:50 PM  
When I see a place go from Coke to Pepsi I think "Where else did they cut corners."
 
2013-12-14 09:58:20 PM  
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2013-12-14 09:58:21 PM  
Pepsi = good cola-based soft drink
Coke = good chrome cleaner
BW3 = the screaming shiats
 
2013-12-14 10:00:44 PM  
No Coke?  Got Dr Pepper? No?  Does your iced tea come out of the soda fountain?  Yes?
Fark this place - let's go get some real food.
 
2013-12-14 10:02:04 PM  

dionysusaur: No Coke?  Got Dr Pepper? No?  Does your iced tea come out of the soda fountain?  Yes?
Fark this place - let's go get some real food.


It's better than that holistic pop machine, the "Coke Freestyle"
 
2013-12-14 10:02:58 PM  
One more restaurant to add to the list of places not to eat.

Chain wide decisions like this make no sense anyway, there's no reason not to serve both Coke and Pepsi products. At the very least, they should serve the beverage that's most popular at each location. Pepsi may very well go over in Minneapolis where they're based, but that decision will bite them on the ass here in the south.
 
2013-12-14 10:03:06 PM  

dj_bigbird: dionysusaur: No Coke?  Got Dr Pepper? No?  Does your iced tea come out of the soda fountain?  Yes?
Fark this place - let's go get some real food.

It's better than that holistic  homeopathic pop machine, the "Coke Freestyle"


FTFM. FML.TLA. HMMWV.
 
2013-12-14 10:08:41 PM  

ReapTheChaos: One more restaurant to add to the list of places not to eat.

Chain wide decisions like this make no sense anyway, there's no reason not to serve both Coke and Pepsi products. At the very least, they should serve the beverage that's most popular at each location. Pepsi may very well go over in Minneapolis where they're based, but that decision will bite them on the ass here in the south.


There is a reason to not serve both. Usually the service contract forbids serving other brands. Dispensors are owned by the cola company and they'll take them out if you break the rules.
 
2013-12-14 10:09:20 PM  
I hate the soda company tail wagging the restaurant dog, and the restaurant is the only loser.

I have always preferred Coke over Pepsi [reg., now diet] except when a HS buddy's dad was a VP at the company that owned Midwest Pepsico and I got all I could grab for free from his house for a couple years.

The profit margin for non-bottled soda is so huge, it seem counter intuitive for any restaurant chain to risk alienating a large segment of the consuming public by serving a beverage brand a customer doesn't like, over pennies a serving on a product with an 80%+ margin.

When convenience is the only issue, I'll eat anywhere. I will only pay for a soda when it is my flavor, I'll even walk in and order vs. drive thru, to get free chilled water if I need a beverage with my meal.
 
2013-12-14 10:12:02 PM  

Nabb1: Thankfully I already hate that place with the fiery passion of ten thousand suns.


They have the worst nachos that have ever been conceived. Little cardboard disks with cheap nasty processed cheese sauce. The most repugnant gas-station nachos are better. Ballpark nachos are better.
 
2013-12-14 10:13:30 PM  

BolloxReader: ReapTheChaos: One more restaurant to add to the list of places not to eat.

Chain wide decisions like this make no sense anyway, there's no reason not to serve both Coke and Pepsi products. At the very least, they should serve the beverage that's most popular at each location. Pepsi may very well go over in Minneapolis where they're based, but that decision will bite them on the ass here in the south.

There is a reason to not serve both. Usually the service contract forbids serving other brands. Dispensors are owned by the cola company and they'll take them out if you break the rules.


In the overall price of building a restaurant and buying all the necessary equipment, the cost of a soda dispenser is a drop in the bucket. Plenty of independent restaurants and convenience stores serve both, there's no reason why fast food chains couldn't.
 
2013-12-14 10:17:52 PM  
That's great news... except I always drink beer there. =P
 
2013-12-14 10:29:35 PM  
I wacky parsed that as Drew infused salad dressing.....eeeeeeewww.
 
2013-12-14 10:30:01 PM  
Welp, I guess no more bdubs for me.
 
2013-12-14 10:33:28 PM  

dj_bigbird: dionysusaur: No Coke?  Got Dr Pepper? No?  Does your iced tea come out of the soda fountain?  Yes?
Fark this place - let's go get some real food.

It's better than that holistic pop machine, the "Coke Freestyle"


The problem with Freestyle is that people feel compelled to play with them regardless of the line
 
2013-12-14 10:57:50 PM  

dionysusaur: No Coke?  Got Dr Pepper? No?  Does your iced tea come out of the soda fountain?  Yes?
Fark this place - let's go get some real food.


Coke products? I'll have a water, thanks.
 
2013-12-14 10:59:32 PM  
Shouldn't people be drinking beer with their buffalo wings anyway, like God intended?
 
2013-12-14 11:03:33 PM  

FishyFred: Say... why hasn't Coke tried to go this route with its products? There's Coke Slurpee... and I think that's it.


Pepsi is all about xtreemness.

Coke is all about tradition.
 
2013-12-14 11:05:14 PM  
Best Cola:
cdn1.joshuakennon.com
 
2013-12-14 11:07:04 PM  

nytmare: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 552x367]


The thing that sets me off is back when I still drank soda, I would ask for a Dr Pepper, and if they didn't have it, they would say "Is root beer, ok?" 

No it's not farking okay, they are two totally different drinks.
 
2013-12-14 11:22:34 PM  
Screw both! RC Cola is king!
 
2013-12-14 11:37:40 PM  
Pretty soon:  instead of beer, alcoholic chicken.
 
2013-12-14 11:38:29 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Screw both! RC Cola is king!


This! Though I wish RC would have a real sugar version for Pesach and also a cherry soda version (again, I never tasted it :( ). Though for my soda addiction, Boylands is what does it for me the most.

sweetbykristy.com

/New Jersey cane sugar soda for the win! :-P
 
2013-12-14 11:40:15 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: TV's Vinnie: Screw both! RC Cola is king!

This! Though I wish RC would have a real sugar version for Pesach and also a cherry soda version (again, I never tasted it :( ). Though for my soda addiction, Boylands is what does it for me the most.

[sweetbykristy.com image 300x267]

/New Jersey cane sugar soda for the win! :-P


Man, I farking miss Boylan and Stewarts.  Hard to find down here in Texas.  Especially the Black Cherry and Grape.
 
2013-12-14 11:40:34 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Screw both! RC Cola is king!


Don't get too addicted.  The company that owns USA licensing for RC Cola is on thin ice the last few years.  I'd suggest stocking up.
 
2013-12-14 11:51:04 PM  

ReapTheChaos: One more restaurant to add to the list of places not to eat.

Chain wide decisions like this make no sense anyway, there's no reason not to serve both Coke and Pepsi products. At the very least, they should serve the beverage that's most popular at each location. Pepsi may very well go over in Minneapolis where they're based, but that decision will bite them on the ass here in the south.


Pepsi is a New York product.  Screw the south.  They weren't going to drink it anyway.
 
2013-12-14 11:54:33 PM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: TV's Vinnie: Screw both! RC Cola is king!

Don't get too addicted.  The company that owns USA licensing for RC Cola is on thin ice the last few years.  I'd suggest stocking up.


Well, I'll just guzzle Shasta then (yes, there are a few sources i can get the stuff from). Coke and Pepsi are just crap with huge marketing budgets.
 
2013-12-15 12:34:12 AM  
I'm too lazy to dig up the Bloom County Cola-Wars comic, although I remember the verdict being that they both tasted like malted battery acid.  I'll just stick with take out and Jones Soda (especially the Vanilla Bean, but I like the Green Apple as well) at home.
 
2013-12-15 12:58:25 AM  

ReapTheChaos: BolloxReader: ReapTheChaos: One more restaurant to add to the list of places not to eat.

Chain wide decisions like this make no sense anyway, there's no reason not to serve both Coke and Pepsi products. At the very least, they should serve the beverage that's most popular at each location. Pepsi may very well go over in Minneapolis where they're based, but that decision will bite them on the ass here in the south.

There is a reason to not serve both. Usually the service contract forbids serving other brands. Dispensors are owned by the cola company and they'll take them out if you break the rules.

In the overall price of building a restaurant and buying all the necessary equipment, the cost of a soda dispenser is a drop in the bucket. Plenty of independent restaurants and convenience stores serve both, there's no reason why fast food chains couldn't.


Except that the service contracts with restaurants don't permit it. Syrup concentrate is only made available for resale according to specific terms and conditions. The cola companies set the terms and bottlers that do not enforce them can have their territory yanked and given to another.

Restaurant service has always been exclusively one brand at least during my lifetime. We see it in other contracts as well for other commercial properties. Schools, malls and hospitals are typically exclusively one or another. Only when there is shelf space for non-concentrated drinks is there more than one brand offered.

Malls may seem to be the exception but if you find a Coke vending machine the only Pepsi products for sale will be at the few chains which have Pepsi contracts. I am thinking specifically Simon Malls because I remember reading when they signed the last agreement to place Coke products exclusively on all properties. They got a handsome discount on the product, iirc.

The soda world is one ruled by either exclusive contracts or payments to stores for shelf space.

CSB: had a food service company try (and fail) to shut down a club fundraiser a group of mine ran selling cans of soda on the basis that their campus wide contract with Coke was binding on our student group. They failed to get us shut down, they had no real case. Our 50 cents a can was half what they charged in vending machines and they tried so hard to get Coke to shut us down. So much fear over a dorm fridge stocked by volunteers. It was my first taste of institutional tears of powerlessness to stop me from doing something productive. I still have a letter from Coke detailing their interpretation of contract verbiage and how they related to our situation. The foodservice company had to sic the health department on us afterwards and we collected another letter advising us that we were exempt from their regs because we only offered prepackaged items for consumption. We started to carry other prepackaged food after that just to piss off the company even more.

/I agree with you btw it is stupid that you can't just go buy the bulk syrup and mix and match at a restaurant but you can with a fountain at a convenience store.
//also find it interesting that bulk and bottled can be different. Diet Coke from the fountain may have saccharin while bottled in the same store may have aspartame instead
///food politics and policies are intriguing and disgusting
 
2013-12-15 12:59:51 AM  
Meh. Haven't been to a Buffalo Wild Wings in a couple years... last time I went was with a couple EMTs and a Firefighter down at Park Meadows... we all sat down, ordered several of the all-you-can-eat plate deals... they got a call before the first plates even arrived, so they left me money to pay the bill, I paid the bill and asked if we could have to-go boxes with the original 12 per plate since everyone had to leave... they were intransigent about letting me have the wings to go, because the policy of all-you-can-eat is that you can't take any with you... they also wouldn't refund any of the tickets since they had placed the orders when they were there. =/ Paid all that money for food that probably went to the trashcan. It wasn't the worst thing ever, it was just kind of a dick move... and I have lots of choices for food... so fark em.
 
2013-12-15 01:03:29 AM  
www.icollectcomicart.com

Seems necessary

/sorry it doesn't imbiggen. My Google-fu could not find a larger copy
 
2013-12-15 01:16:49 AM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: dj_bigbird: dionysusaur: No Coke?  Got Dr Pepper? No?  Does your iced tea come out of the soda fountain?  Yes?
Fark this place - let's go get some real food.

It's better than that holistic pop machine, the "Coke Freestyle"

The problem with Freestyle is that people feel compelled to play with them regardless of the line


I never heard of that so I looked it up and all I can say is WTF!?!


Kids today
 
2013-12-15 01:31:26 AM  
Why did the vending machines at NASA switch from Coke to Pepsi?

www.maniacworld.com

Because they couldn't get 7 up.
 
2013-12-15 01:44:42 AM  

revrendjim: Nabb1: Thankfully I already hate that place with the fiery passion of ten thousand suns.

They have the worst nachos that have ever been conceived. Little cardboard disks with cheap nasty processed cheese sauce. The most repugnant gas-station nachos are better. Ballpark nachos are better.


If you go to a wings place to get nachos, you deserve to suffer.
 
2013-12-15 01:46:34 AM  
Why would anyone drink a Pepsi when they could drink a Coke instead?  Pepsi is too sweet.
 
2013-12-15 02:02:27 AM  

syrynxx: Why would anyone drink a Pepsi when they could drink a Coke instead?  Pepsi is too sweet.


Because there's Mountain Dew.  Seriously.  Without Mountain Dew, everyone would be serving Coke.  Mountain Dew beats the crap out Mello Yello and Surge and whatever the hell else they have.
 
2013-12-15 02:14:19 AM  

BolloxReader: Restaurant service has always been exclusively one brand at least during my lifetime.


7-11 seems to have found a way out of that deli-lima.
 
2013-12-15 02:28:22 AM  

12349876: syrynxx: Why would anyone drink a Pepsi when they could drink a Coke instead?  Pepsi is too sweet.

Because there's Mountain Dew.  Seriously.  Without Mountain Dew, everyone would be serving Coke.  Mountain Dew beats the crap out Mello Yello and Surge and whatever the hell else they have.


www.shadowlocked.com
 
2013-12-15 02:29:21 AM  

TV's Vinnie: Why did the vending machines at NASA switch from Coke to Pepsi?

[www.maniacworld.com image 367x267]

Because they couldn't get 7 up.


I said BUD LIGHT!!!!
 
2013-12-15 02:44:21 AM  

Infobahn: ReapTheChaos: One more restaurant to add to the list of places not to eat.

Chain wide decisions like this make no sense anyway, there's no reason not to serve both Coke and Pepsi products. At the very least, they should serve the beverage that's most popular at each location. Pepsi may very well go over in Minneapolis where they're based, but that decision will bite them on the ass here in the south.

Pepsi is a New York product.  Screw the south.  They weren't going to drink it anyway.


Pepsi is from North Carolina.
 
2013-12-15 05:37:46 AM  
fark Buffalo Wild Wings: Their bar is ALL done from a gun. No overpour for you. farks over the bartenders AND the customers.
 
2013-12-15 08:11:27 AM  

Walt_Jizzney: Their bar is ALL done from a gun. No overpour for you


If you want a double, order a double, you cheap sack. Overpours mean the bartender's stealing from the owner in hopes of making bigger tips.
 
2013-12-15 08:34:47 AM  

RINO: Infobahn: ReapTheChaos: One more restaurant to add to the list of places not to eat.

Chain wide decisions like this make no sense anyway, there's no reason not to serve both Coke and Pepsi products. At the very least, they should serve the beverage that's most popular at each location. Pepsi may very well go over in Minneapolis where they're based, but that decision will bite them on the ass here in the south.

Pepsi is a New York product.  Screw the south.  They weren't going to drink it anyway.

Pepsi is from North Carolina.


The South doesn't claim much of North Carolina. I guess it depends where in North Carolina Pepsi is based.
 
2013-12-15 09:12:47 AM  

TheShavingofOccam123: RINO: Infobahn: ReapTheChaos: One more restaurant to add to the list of places not to eat.

Chain wide decisions like this make no sense anyway, there's no reason not to serve both Coke and Pepsi products. At the very least, they should serve the beverage that's most popular at each location. Pepsi may very well go over in Minneapolis where they're based, but that decision will bite them on the ass here in the south.

Pepsi is a New York product.  Screw the south.  They weren't going to drink it anyway.

Pepsi is from North Carolina.

The South doesn't claim much of North Carolina. I guess it depends where in North Carolina Pepsi is based.


Sure we do. We just recognize swill when we taste it, so Pepsi focused on other regions with less sophisticated palates.
 
2013-12-15 09:50:19 AM  
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
 
2013-12-15 10:18:14 AM  

tgambitg: nytmare: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 552x367]

The thing that sets me off is back when I still drank soda, I would ask for a Dr Pepper, and if they didn't have it, they would say "Is root beer, ok?" 

No it's not farking okay, they are two totally different drinks.


Whenever I ask for orange soda, most of them simply say they don't have it. The few that do, have Fanta, which is the worst kind of orange soda because it's not orange, it's mandarin.
 
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