3 responses to “Mama Don’t Take My Soda Bottle Away”

  1. Kate

    Notes and reflections on your fizzy blog: I know you will be comforted to learn that you are not alone in your distress and confusion over the size switching antics of the big players in the fizzy pop market. Here in the UK we have also suffered the ignominy of an unscheduled size change, as reported here in BeverageDaily.com – your go-to publication for up-to-the-minute news on hot trends in the drinks industry: http://www.beveragedaily.com/Processing-Packaging/Britvic-and-PepsiCo-switch-up-to-600ml-bottles
    To summarise for those who don’t wish to peruse the article, my Pepsi Max went from 500ml to 600ml in 2010. But you will note that this was a result of the deep seated philanthropic urges of Coke and Pepsi et al who are trying to encourage us to drink more brain rotting, bone depleting diet pop rather than the one that does you no basic harm as long as you don’t mind downing half a bag of sugar in the process (compare http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspartame_controversy and http://www.sugarstacks.com/beverages.htm. I neither endorse or refute any of the information in either of these sites). BUT BUT BUT along with the change of size came an inevitable change of price. My cheapest Pepsi Max when from about 90p to £1.10 while the most expensive one I might flirt with buying jumped to £1.60. Hmmmm… need to look out for a buy-one-get-one-free deal there. And don’t even get me started on Motorway Service Stations (translated as rest stops or service areas) where a 600ml of pop can top out at well over £2. Meanwhile, my visits to America come with a virtual guarantee that I will be able to pick up a Pepsi pretty much anywhere, whereas it’s harder to come by here in the deep South West and indeed in the UK as a whole where Coke has a strangle hold on the market (although a strangle hold might make it hard to swallow, so perhaps Coke should switch to a firm grip on the fridges of its concessions). So take heart, Jack, we are all at the mercy of the ‘drinks majors’, as they are known. They change their sizes, they change their prices, then Mayors change their minds and bottles change their sizes. But we all stay thirsty. Pepsi Max every time.

  2. Chelsea

    I got a shout out! Also, I found this to be very educative.

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