Colas lose their appeal
Flavored carbonated drinks are so popular that they may outsell colas in the US by 2015.
In fact, flavored carbonates are expected to outsell colas in the U.S. by 2015, a PepsiCo (PEP) executive said at a recent conference, according to Food Navigator.
Growth in this category is being led by Hispanic consumers, Al Carey, the CEO of PepsiCo Americas Beverages, said at the conference. In the next decade, Hispanics will drive 60% of the growth in the "liquid refreshment beverage" business.
Older consumers in general are choosing more teas and coffees for a caffeine burst instead of trendy energy drinks with ingredients they may not like, Carey added.
Pepsi and Coca-Cola (KO) have seen the trend coming for years and have rushed to debut new choices that are a far cry from traditional colas. Coca-Cola has begun selling cans of illy issimo coffee with no sugar, no milk and only 15 calories per can. The company has also launched Minute Maid Fruit Punch and Strawberry Passion.
Pepsi is introducing a salty watermelon flavor in Japan and in the U.S. has its Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Izze and Naked Juice lines.
Colas have come under fire from health advocates. One 2007 study found that while all carbonated beverages have been linked with diabetes and hypertension, colas in particular contain phosphoric acid and may be more associated with kidney disease.
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Beware of deceptive prices and amounts with soda--
12.5 ounce bottles have appeared and they cost nearly what a 20 ounce bottle cost 1 year ago.
20-packs are now found in grocery stores and once again, with four less cans, they cost the same as a 24-pack cost 1 year ago.
It's time to switch drinks.
Gave up all sodas ( it was difficult), along with giving up junk food, and cutting back drastically on going out to eat. I am saving more money and have lost weight. Think about how much money is spent on these things.
Out family cut buying Coke and Pepsi because of price increases...
We drink more water now, and not the bottled type...
When we buy Cola products, its RC, Royal Crown Cola
can buy a 2 liter bottle for 88-99 cents at the grocery store...
I'll take a Coke in the classic green glass bottle with the metal cap (not the twist off one either! lol)over a disgusting "energy drink" or all those new flavored waters/sodas, etc anyday! Better yet, I think I'll just go make a big pitcher of homemade, old fashioned lemonade right now and sit on the back porch with a good book. Wanna join me? Happy Summer Everyone! (~_~)
Pure, clean ice water is the best choice with meals or without, at the same time flushing out toxins in the body.
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