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Title: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: mountaineer on October 23, 2020, 09:28:58 AM
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Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
WPXI
By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 7:30 PM

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola is slimming down, canning 200 drink brands from its portfolio, the beverage giant said Thursday.

The announcement comes on the heels of Coca-Cola discontinuing several outdated brands, including Tab, ZICO coconut water and juice-smoothie brand Odwalla, CNN reported.  ...
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Here's the Coca-Cola press release (https://www.coca-colacompany.com/press-releases/coca-cola-reports-third-quarter-2020-results):
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...  The company expects to offer a portfolio of approximately 200 master brands, an approximate 50% reduction from the current number, and phase out some products, such as ZICO® and TaB®.

Expanding consumer-centric innovation: The company is committed to exploring new products in dynamic beverage categories. In the third quarter, the company launched Topo Chico™ Hard Seltzer, which blends purified sparkling water, a gluten-free alcohol base and natural flavors, with minerals added for taste. Topo Chico™ Hard Seltzer is inspired by Topo Chico® sparkling mineral water, a 125-year-old brand with a rich heritage. The new product is currently available in select cities in Latin America. In the United States, the company entered into an agreement with Molson Coors Beverage Company to manufacture, market and distribute the product. This relationship will allow Topo Chico™ Hard Seltzer to launch with scale in the U.S., which we anticipate will occur in the first half of 2021.  ...
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Wingnut on October 23, 2020, 10:00:59 AM
I have an Idea for a new drink.   New Coke.   
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Bigun on October 23, 2020, 10:19:14 AM
I have an Idea for a new drink.   New Coke.

 :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly:
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 23, 2020, 10:24:46 AM
So long as they don't mess with Cherry Coke... Half the redneck gals I know would go out of their minds... The other half drink Dr. Pepper  :shrug:
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Post by: Gefn on October 23, 2020, 10:39:12 AM
They cancelled Tab,

My very first diet soda
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Cyber Liberty on October 23, 2020, 11:21:09 AM
They cancelled Tab,

My very first diet soda

I have an old GF in Phoenix who is furious they cancelled Tab.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 23, 2020, 11:25:48 AM
I have an old GF in Phoenix who is furious they cancelled Tab.

Sadly, my ex used to drink it by the bucket... Shoulda stayed with the Cherry Coke gals.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: mountaineer on October 23, 2020, 11:27:27 AM
So long as they don't mess with Cherry Coke... Half the redneck gals I know would go out of their minds... The other half drink Dr. Pepper  :shrug:
I went to college in Oklahoma. Dr. Pepper was what pretty much everyone drank.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 23, 2020, 11:34:54 AM
I went to college in Oklahoma. Dr. Pepper was what pretty much everyone drank.

Same up in here... Women anyway... Gents not so much. I went a while on Pepsi and Mountain Dew, but wound up back in sweet tea like I should have never left.

Even yet though... its a 'get to know you' question... "Which one: Cherry Coke or Dr. Pepper?" One or the other is fine... Or sweet tea of course... Donna, one of my near missus... I knew she was claiming ground when a cold pack of Dr. Pepper began to reside in my fridge.

It's a thing, for sure.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: mountaineer on October 23, 2020, 11:38:58 AM
I found it interesting that Coke is phasing out some of its soft drinks but getting into the hard seltzer market. Makes sense, as the shamdemic has turned so many people into heavy drinkers.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Wingnut on October 23, 2020, 11:43:30 AM
Heated Dr Pepper on a cold day is pretty decent!
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: jmyrlefuller on October 23, 2020, 03:02:57 PM
I found it interesting that Coke is phasing out some of its soft drinks but getting into the hard seltzer market. Makes sense, as the shamdemic has turned so many people into heavy drinkers.  :laugh:
Navin Johnson's favorite lunch just won't be the same. What else could complement tuna fish sandwich on white bread with mayonnaise and a couple of twinkies?
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Cyber Liberty on October 23, 2020, 03:39:18 PM
Navin Johnson's favorite lunch just won't be the same. What else could complement tuna fish sandwich on white bread with mayonnaise and a couple of twinkies?

Navin drank wine from a five-gallon water cooler...choice of "Red" or "White."
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Wingnut on October 23, 2020, 03:42:01 PM
Navin Johnson's favorite lunch just won't be the same. What else could complement tuna fish sandwich on white bread with mayonnaise and a couple of twinkies?

The food white people ate in the late 1970s!
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 23, 2020, 04:22:27 PM
The food white people ate in the late 1970s!

Peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sammiches... with a yoohoo.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Cyber Liberty on October 23, 2020, 04:37:08 PM
Peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sammiches... with a yoohoo.

I never could stand the taste of Yoohoo, and I tried.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Bigun on October 23, 2020, 04:40:40 PM
I never could stand the taste of Yoohoo, and I tried.

Yoohoo tastes like chocolate flavored Pepto Bismol.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 23, 2020, 04:41:04 PM
I never could stand the taste of Yoohoo, and I tried.

Yeah, me neither... But they cost a nickel so...
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Gefn on October 23, 2020, 04:43:16 PM
Yeah, me neither... But they cost a nickel so...

Yahoo tastes like an egg cream. Maybe it’s a NYC  thing.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Wingnut on October 23, 2020, 04:47:27 PM
Yoohoo tastes like chocolate flavored Pepto Bismol.

I had one that came out my nose during lunch at school.  Nasty stuff. 
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 23, 2020, 04:56:41 PM
Yahoo tastes like an egg cream. Maybe it’s a NYC  thing.

Yoohoo always brings to mind a hot summer evening in Kansas, sitting on the rough concrete curb of my uncle Paul's general store, just as the lightning bugs were coming out... Every time I take that first gulp of an ice cold Yoohoo, I am right back there in an instant... I can smell the hot dirt and feel the gravel under my toes...

Needless to say, I still have one every now and then... They are rare up here. every year or two I see one, and I can't help myself.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 23, 2020, 05:00:13 PM
I had one that came out my nose during lunch at school.  Nasty stuff.

Somebody said something funny in the lunch room, and my buddy blew chocolate milk and green jello out his nose... surprisingly large chunks (it amazed me at the time)... Needless to say, I cannot eat green jello ever since.  :shrug:
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Wingnut on October 23, 2020, 05:18:43 PM
Somebody said something funny in the lunch room, and my buddy blew chocolate milk and green jello out his nose... surprisingly large chunks (it amazed me at the time)... Needless to say, I cannot eat green jello ever since.  :shrug:

Man the kid had some mad skills!   Blowing chunks, even jello chunks, impressive!
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: libertybele on October 23, 2020, 05:20:11 PM
Coca-Cola .... the best soft drink ever invented.  Love the stuff (too bad as I am older now, I can't drink the stuff anymore).
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 23, 2020, 05:22:17 PM
Man the kid had some mad skills!   Blowing chunks, even jello chunks, impressive!

It was shocking. So stunning that I almost forgot to barf.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Cyber Liberty on October 23, 2020, 05:25:26 PM
Yoohoo always brings to mind a hot summer evening in Kansas, sitting on the rough concrete curb of my uncle Paul's general store, just as the lightning bugs were coming out... Every time I take that first gulp of an ice cold Yoohoo, I am right back there in an instant... I can smell the hot dirt and feel the gravel under my toes...

Needless to say, I still have one every now and then... They are rare up here. every year or two I see one, and I can't help myself.

What a coinky-dink!  The time I tried it I could taste the hot dirt.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 23, 2020, 05:27:47 PM
What a coinky-dink!  The time I tried it I could taste the hot dirt.

 :silly: :tongue2: :beer:
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: jmyrlefuller on October 23, 2020, 06:36:29 PM
Great. Now look what y'all've done—now I'm craving Yoo-hoo.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Gefn on October 23, 2020, 06:43:11 PM
Strawberry yoo hoo was icky.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Applewood on October 23, 2020, 06:50:47 PM
Tab was my first diet beverage.  I was 13 or 14 and going to an orthodontist in a building that had a coffee shop on the ground floor.  At that time saccharin was the only artificial sweetener around and Tab of course contained saccharin.  Tab tasted good going down the gullet, but for hours afterwards it kept coming back and it didn't taste so good the second or third time around. 

Anyway, no more Tab for me.  Of course, later other sweeteners came along that were more digestible.  But eventually, I got away from diet soda and later soda in general.  I'd rather have water or tea.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 23, 2020, 07:09:01 PM
Strawberry yoo hoo was icky.

Yeah... Like Strawberry Quik
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Cyber Liberty on October 23, 2020, 08:18:18 PM
Great. Now look what y'all've done—now I'm craving Yoo-hoo.

You caught a disease.  See a Doctor, get rid of it....
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Cyber Liberty on October 23, 2020, 08:19:52 PM
Yeah... Like Strawberry Quik

 *bouche*
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Wingnut on October 23, 2020, 08:26:51 PM
Get some help people.   I bet you liked Tang.   Good Gawd.   
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 23, 2020, 08:29:49 PM
Get some help people.   I bet you liked Tang.   Good Gawd.   

WTF is Tang?
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Cyber Liberty on October 23, 2020, 08:32:25 PM
Get some help people.   I bet you liked Tang.   Good Gawd.   

Tang I liked because the Astronauts drank it.  Now, Astronauts come back to earth and run for Senator of AZ promising to seize everybody's guns because his meat-puppet wife got shot in the face (proving you can shoot a Rat in the brain and they'll still talk).

Bahhh.  Eff Astronauts.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Wingnut on October 23, 2020, 08:39:42 PM
WTF is Tang?

What planet were you born on?
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 23, 2020, 08:41:38 PM
What planet were you born on?

What does that have to do with anything?
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Wingnut on October 23, 2020, 09:58:23 PM
What does that have to do with anything?

Tang.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Cyber Liberty on October 23, 2020, 10:05:01 PM
Tang.

Poon?
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Wingnut on October 23, 2020, 10:17:08 PM
Poon?

Showfolk faggs like tang'n around with that poon.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 23, 2020, 11:13:16 PM
Poon?

Alright! NOW I know what you're talking about!  :beer: :seeya:
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Cyber Liberty on October 23, 2020, 11:27:44 PM
Alright! NOW I know what you're talking about!  :beer: :seeya:

Actually, no.  "Tang" is synthetic orange juice, in an anhydrous form....
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 23, 2020, 11:34:09 PM
Actually, no.  "Tang" is synthetic orange juice, in an anhydrous form....

K... No wonder there...
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: mountaineer on October 24, 2020, 06:59:11 AM
Tang was powdered "orange juice" that didn't taste anything like orange juice, but at least it had vitamin C and the astronauts drank it.  :pondering:
I'm using the past tense - do they still make it?
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: jmyrlefuller on October 24, 2020, 08:19:39 AM
Tang was powdered "orange juice" that didn't taste anything like orange juice, but at least it had vitamin C and the astronauts drank it.  :pondering:
I'm using the past tense - do they still make it?
Yes, it still exists.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: catfish1957 on October 24, 2020, 09:23:34 AM
Tang was powdered "orange juice" that didn't taste anything like orange juice, but at least it had vitamin C and the astronauts drank it.  :pondering:
I'm using the past tense - do they still make it?

My parents fed me that "The Astronaunts Drink It"  line back in the '60's.  Still didn't hide the fact the stuff tasted awful. 
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Gefn on October 24, 2020, 09:44:46 AM
Tang tasted awful.


Has anyone tasted that astronaut ice cream? It’s like little pieces of cardboard in a silver pouch. But when you’re a you think it’s awesome.
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Smokin Joe on October 24, 2020, 09:47:08 AM
Heated Dr Pepper on a cold day is pretty decent!
Yes it is. :beer:
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Smokin Joe on October 24, 2020, 09:49:50 AM
Peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sammiches... with a yoohoo.
Purt'near a Moon Pie....
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Smokin Joe on October 24, 2020, 09:52:05 AM
It was shocking. So stunning that I almost forgot to barf.  :laugh:
Yeah, it's amazing what wet gelatin will pass through...but one barfs, and most follow, so I just bet the custodians loved y'all...
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Smokin Joe on October 24, 2020, 09:53:27 AM
Get some help people.   I bet you liked Tang.   Good Gawd.   
When I was in the Boy Scouts, we used to get industrial sized packets of that stuff for the Troop....we called it 'bug juice'....
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: Smokin Joe on October 24, 2020, 09:54:21 AM
Alright! NOW I know what you're talking about!  :beer: :seeya:
Yeah, but this Tang tain't poon.... 888mouth
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: catfish1957 on October 24, 2020, 09:55:09 AM
Purt'near a Moon Pie....

When I was about 7, my mother gave me a buck for snacks.  I walked to the store and got 5 moon pies and a pepsi.  Finished them in one sitting, and of course, got sick.  Still wince when I see one.
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Post by: Smokin Joe on October 24, 2020, 09:59:05 AM
When I was about 7, my mother gave me a buck for snacks.  I walked to the store and got 5 moon pies and a pepsi.  Finished them in one sitting, and of course, got sick.  Still wince when I see one.
Enjoy in moderation... :silly:
We had an 'off brand' of potato chips, and I liked barbecue. Somehow there was an air pocket in one of the chips that had filled with the barbecue flavoring, salt and grease. After I bit into that chip, it was years before I could eat barbecue potato chips again...
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 24, 2020, 12:27:20 PM
Purt'near a Moon Pie....

Right. But you can't eat your dessert first. Eat your meal THEN the moon pie.  happy77
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 24, 2020, 12:35:50 PM
Yeah, it's amazing what wet gelatin will pass through...but one barfs, and most follow, so I just bet the custodians loved y'all...

Well, ever since we turned 3 muzzled skunks loose in the cafeteria... or the time we poured a sack of bats through the window... Or even the butter pats snapped up onto the ceiling launched with a belt... I went to count those one time, and got bored after 125... Every now and then one would peel off and fall into someone's hair or food..

Yeah. The janitors probably didn't like us very much
Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: roamer_1 on October 24, 2020, 12:56:58 PM
When I was about 7, my mother gave me a buck for snacks.  I walked to the store and got 5 moon pies and a pepsi.  Finished them in one sitting, and of course, got sick.  Still wince when I see one.

I still eat a moon pie every now and then... Just to remind me why I don't eat moon pies anymore.

Title: Re: Coca-Cola cans 200 drink brands, slashes portfolio in half
Post by: mrpotatohead on October 24, 2020, 01:49:28 PM
Tang I liked because the Astronauts drank it.  Now, Astronauts come back to earth and run for Senator of AZ promising to seize everybody's guns because his meat-puppet wife got shot in the face (proving you can shoot a Rat in the brain and they'll still talk).

Bahhh.  Eff Astronauts.
We had Tang with our breakfast every morning as kids. 

My favorite drink of all time...Mountain Dew.  If I have to be out on a well all night I just grab a liter of it and it will keep me going all night.  Great stuff!