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Can You Spot The Hidden Symbols On Coca-Cola’s Cans? (Photos)

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Even before Instagram, marketers have based their units of speech on a visual economy. A product’s experience or service can be told through clever taglines and accompanying logos.

Hidden logos, especially, convey underlying messages about the company. Take FedEx as an example: the arrow hiding between the “E” and “X” advertises speed and delivery accuracy. Or Amazon’s “A” to “Z” logo, which illustrates the seemingly endless products available at the online store.

This holiday season, Coca-Cola released a subliminal message of their own on the new polar bear cans. Can you spot the Coca-Cola bottles and caps?

The eyes on the Coca-Cola bears are bottle caps, and the shine on the nose is a bottle. from mildlyinteresting

If you look closely, you’ll notice upside-down bottle caps in the polar bears’ eyes and the silhouette of “retrofied” Coke bottles within the bears’ noses.

Now you’ve got a talking point for holiday parties!

Other clever hidden images can be seen in logos such as Sony VAIO’s logo (the “VA” looks like an analog signal, the “IO” represents the numbers 1 and 0 for digital. Clever, huh?) And Baskin Robbins ice cream chain offers 31 varieties of flavors and incorporates the number between the “B” and “R” initials in pink.

Coca-Cola’s polar bear mascot debuted in 1922 in a French print ad as a jolly bear squirting soda into the mouth of a thirsty sun. Over several decades, the beloved mascot turned into a trio — a mother polar bear with her two cubs to kick off the holiday season, which was quickly written into a TV spot showing the family drinking Coke while watching the aurora borealis. The mascots changed very little since the company’s first animated bear commercial in 1993.

When it comes to industry mascots, the vast majority of them take on anthropomorphic qualities, like Tony the Tiger (Frosted Flakes), Toucan Sam (Froot Loops), Aflac’s duck, the Energizer Bunny, and many, many, more. These characters are iconic brand mascots and help consumers identify with a company’s persona; it’s akin to putting a face to a name. Coca-Cola, one of the leaders in soft drinks, boasts a clever design “easter egg” and a lovable mascot, offering a marketing gimmick both subliminal and sublime.

Sources: Delish, CNBC, The New Yorker / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Delish, Reddit

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Coke Zero Is Going Away And You Can’t Have Nice Things (Photo)

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Coca-Cola wants us all to know something: Like all other good things in life, Coke Zero has met its untimely end.

On July 26, the soda company announced in a press release that they are yanking the beloved calorie-free fizzy drink from shelves in August and replacing it with what I can only assume will be sparkling garbage juice.

“Rest in power, Coke Zero,” GQ’s Jay Willis wrote in an impassioned obituary for the unjust end of the only thing better than Diet Coke. “You deserved far better than what little this cruel, unappreciative world had to offer.”

For those who are wondering, Diet Coke is not going anywhere. So if that’s your sugar-free beverage of choice, you are safe for the time being.

People aren’t exactly thrilled about the change.

Coke said that the replacement, Coke Zero Sugar, is going to be along the same lines as Coke Zero. I can only hope.

“We’re changing the name to Coca-Cola Zero Sugar to be as clear and descriptive as possible about the product and the promise that it delivers great Coca-Cola taste without sugar,” the company told Huffington Post.

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar

Coke Zero and Coke Zero Sugar have all the same ingredients: carbonated water, caramel color, phosphoric acid, aspartame, potassium benzonate, natural flavors, potassium citrate, acesulfame potassium and caffeine. But the Coke press release sadly says that the taste is going to be a little different, because they hate me or something.

“We’ve made the great taste of Coke Zero even better by optimizing the unique blend of flavors that gave Coke Zero its real Coca-Cola taste,” Coke said in the release. “Coca-Cola Zero Sugar is our best-tasting zero-sugar Coca-Cola yet, and it will be available across America in August.” 

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That’s right, they said that they are upgrading Coke Zero with a “new-and-improved recipe,” so there’s really no way of knowing if the new guy is going to taste like its almighty predecessor.

Sources: Coca-Cola, The Huffington Post, GQ / Photo Credit: Kevin Chan/Flickr, Coca-Cola

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Would You Try Coca-Cola With Fiber In It?

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It seems like Japan is always one step ahead of us when it comes to getting creative with our favorite food items. This time, Coca-Cola Japan has decided to add fiber into the drink.

Grubstreet reports that this new Coke with fiber is being marketed as the company’s healthiest soft drink. The new soda is called Coke Plus, and it’s in a white bottle, so steer clear if you don’t want fiber in your soda (I’ll admit I’m not brave enough for this product).

Coke Plus is a no-calorie soda with 5 grams of fiber, which is supposed “suppress fat absorption” and “moderate the levels of triglycerides in the blood.” How do you think that would taste? I guess Fiber One bars and cereals are good … but … fiber in your soda? I don’t know about that.

The biggest issue with this idea is that something similar has been tried in the past. Coke used the same product name — Coke Plus — for a product that included vitamins and minerals and such back in 2007, and not only was it not received well by customers, but the FDA had something to say about it as well.

According to The Washington Post, the FDA scolded Coca-Cola for the nutritional claims of its Coke Plus product back in 2007/2008, because in order to make the claim that it was a “plus” product, the drink needed to have 10 percent more nutrients than comparable products.

The FDA also added that it was “inappropriate” for Coke to add extra nutrients to snack foods like carbonated beverages, but that last part sounds too much like an opinion to me. Maybe some people want nutrients in their soda.

The FDA tried to tell Coke to change the name of the Plus product, but Coca-Cola fought back, saying “This does not involve any health or safety issues.”

Fast forward to 2017, and it appears Coca-Cola didn’t learn from this experience and is ready to try the Plus thing again, only this time with a fiber addition. It will be interesting to see where it goes. What do you think? Would you try it?

Sources: Grubstreet, The Washington Post / Photo Credit: Pixabay

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Hennessy And Coca-Cola Cake

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You know how nice it is to sip on a Hennessy and Coke? Well now you can enjoy it in cake form with this easy and delicious recipe! The ladies over at Southern Girls Desserts created it for rapper Doug E. Fresh, and they’re still serving it today! Lucky for you, they’re sharing the secret recipe.

Ingredients

For The Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup chocolate pudding
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup Coca Cola
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Hennessy
  • 2 eggs
  • For The Frosting

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup Coca Cola
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Hennessy
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (add more for consistency, if needed)
  • Directions

    1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    2) In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, chocolate pudding and baking soda. Whisk together and set aside.

    3) In a medium saucepan, add butter, cocoa powder, butter milk and Coca Cola. Heat until butter is melted and it almost comes to a boil. Turn off heat and mix in vanilla extra and Hennessy. Set aside and allow to cool completely.

    4) Combine wet mixture with dry mixture, beating until combined. Add eggs and lightly beat until well mixed. Grease bundt cake tins and pour cake batter into greased pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until cake is cooked through. Cooking times may vary depending on the type of cake pan you’re using.

    5) While cakes bake, make your frosting. In a saucepan, add butter, cocoa powder and Coca Cola. Heat until butter is melted. Turn off heat and mix in vanilla extract and Hennessy. Cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Once it’s completely cooled, add powdered sugar one cup at a time and beat until well mixed. If the frosting is too wet, add a little more powdered sugar until the desired consistency is reached.

    6) Once cakes are cooked, allow them to cool completely before frosting. Serve and enjoy!

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    Find Out How To Make A Soda Fountain At Home! (Video)

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    Sometimes it’s just fun to get creative, even if it’s not completely necessary. This is one of those times.

    The Q YouTube channel posted a video that shows how to put together your own homemade soda machine. This would be especially useful and fun for parties, cookouts and other events where there might be lots of kids running around. It would save the mess, and it would be fun for them to use. That’s not to mention how awesome you’d feel being able to brag about your newly found engineering skills.

    It may look a little complicated, but nothing you couldn’t do with a little time and elbow grease. Think of all those times the soda bottle was dropped or otherwise spilled when someone was pouring a drink. No more wasted soda! Check out the actual video to see how to make your own soda machine with cardboard, a 9-volt battery, tubes and wires, a button (for using the machine, duh) and an air pump … thing.

    Like I said, it’s a little complicated at first, but I’m sure you’d get the hang of it. Otherwise, it’s also just pretty awesome to watch. Using cardboard like that can allow you to decorate as the occasion determines. Cute little sprinkles and stars for a birthday party? Sure! Pictures of hamburgers and hot dogs for a barbecue? Why not! Adorable.

    The process itself starts with someone clumsily pouring orange Fanta all over the counter with his own hand. While this part looks sort of ridiculous, we get the point. Soda is easily spilled when pouring. Maybe not so much by adults … but we get it.

    The next step is to take a DC 6V mini air pump motor and snip and trim a wire to thread through one end of it, then twist and secure that sucker.  Do this with three little air pumps and then attach the wire to your button/switches. Take another wire and attach it onto the air pumps and connect them to each other, then a 9V battery for power.

    Drill two holes into each of your soda caps. Tubes will go through these holes, one from the new soda pump you built, and the other will lead into your glass. This way, when you push the button, soda will flow out of the tube. Then make your box and you’re done! Try it out and see if you can get it to work too!

    Source: The Q YouTube Channel / Photo Credit: Andrea Donahue/Instagram

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    McDonald’s Has The Best Coke: Here’s Why

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    If you are somebody who frequents fast food places for your meals, you’ve probably noticed that many of the menus have some overlapping items that you can buy.

    For example, many fast food chains offer their version of crispy, warm, french fries; many also offer some variation of a burger as well. If you’re going to a Mexican type of fast food place, on the other hand, you’re probably going to be able to find a taco.

    But what almost all fast food chains share in common is that they pretty much all offer soft drinks, right?

    While it makes sense that somebody might favor the french fries at one chain over another, we never really thought about comparing soft drinks between establishments; however, it turns out that many people have done just that.

    In fact, loads of people seem to believe that McDonald’s has the best Coke soft drink of all!

    Spoon University has listen not one, not two, but five whole reasons detailing why McDonald’s has better Coke than its fast food competitors.

    For one thing, apparently McDonald’s gets its Coke delivered in stainless steel containers that make the Coke taste fresher than the chains that have their Coca-Cola delivered in plastic bags.

    Secondly, McDonald’s takes its water filtration methods seriously, and actually invests money to make sure its water is filtered more often than other chains.

    Third, the water used in the Coke is constantly running through an insulated tube to keep it at a temperature just above freezing, which then lends your drink a super crisp, bubbly and refreshing profile, because its CO2 levels are on point.

    And that’s not the only thing that gets chilled to perfection: the syrup mixed in to create Coke is also pre-chilled for your drinking pleasure.

    Lastly, and this one may seem like a stretch, but the straw that McDonald’s gives out is actually slightly bigger than other fast food chains, so all of that refreshing goodness coats as many parts of your taste buds as possible with every sip.

    That’s it! Are you convinced?

    Source: Spoon University / Photo Credit: Coca-Cola/Instagram

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    There’s A New Health-Minded Coca-Cola Drink

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    It’s no big secret that carbonated and sugary drinks have seen a decline in popularity in the recent years, due to companies and health boards alike deeming the beverages poor for our wellness.

    However, that has not stopped Japan from releasing a new Coca-Cola drink that, compared to its predecessors, is being billed as relatively health-oriented… or at the very least, not a health hazard.

    Rocket News 24 reports that in the past, when a soda-pop beverage was being marketed as “healthy” in Japan, that usually meant that the soda contained less overall sugar than a typical beverage of that type would.

    Now, however, this new Coca-Cola Plus is being marketed as a drink that may actually benefit the drinker’s overall health, which could be a plus for Japan’s aging population.

    For one thing, Coca-Cola Plus has no sugar and calories, which is standard for any kind of “diet” soda you might pick up at your local grocery. However, this diet pop is definitely billed as beneficial to a consumer’s health.

    What makes Coca-Cola Plus stand out is that each bottle contains 0.18 ounce of indigestible dextrin and other dietary fibers. What that means, according to Rocket News 24, is that if a consumer was to drink one bottle of Coca-Cola Plus per day with meals, the beverage could help reduce the absorption of fat from the food and moderate the levels of triglycerides in the blood following food consumption.

    Obviously, for the drink to give you its full health benefits, you would only be able to drink it while you were eating a meal. Since only one bottle is recommended per day, you’d be limiting yourself to a third of a bottle at each meal, assuming you eat three square meals per day.

    Coca-Cola Plus is being given an official “Tokuho” rating from the company. For those who don’t know, Rocket News 24 reports that “Tokutei Hokenyo Shokuhin” is a Japanese legal term that classifies products that have not actually passed the official tests legally required to be labeled a “health” product, but still claim to have health benefits.

    Source: Rocket News 24 / Photo Credit: Coca Cola Japan, R. Alvarez/Instagram

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    Your Favorite Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Is Getting Bottled (Photo)

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    We’ve got good news for Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee lovers who are also always on the go (we know there are legions of you).

    Dunkin’ Donuts must be feeling extra generous given the season (Valentine’s Day is almost upon us), as the popular coffee and donut chain has just announced that its Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee is now available in bottles at thousands of retailers and participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

    Yum, yum, yum!

    DD partnered up with the Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners to make sure that its new bottles drinks would be on the shelves in a whole slew of locations, from your local convenience store to your supermarket, so you’ll never have to travel far to get yourself your favorite icy brew.

    As for the four flavors available, you’ll have your pick between Mocha, French Vanilla, Original and Espresso, which pretty much covers all of your bases.

    All of the bottled beverages are made with Dunkin’ Donuts signature arabica coffee blends, as well as real milk and sugar. Just keep in mind that they’re not necessarily the most healthful choice you can make if you need a caffeine boost. Each bottle contains a heaping 45 grams of sugar, which means that while they taste great, you might want to enjoy these sparingly, rather than every single day.

    What do you think? Are you excited for the new DD bottled Iced Coffee line?

    Source: Dunkin' Donuts / Photo Credit: Dunkin' Donuts

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    What Happens When You Mix Coke And Liquid Nitrogen? (Video)

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    You know what happens when you mix mints with Diet Coke? Well, mixing Coke and liquid nitrogen is kind of like that.

    As you’ll see for yourself in the video below, you can create a pretty great explosion with liquid nitrogen and Coca-Cola. The man in the video, only known as “Crazy Russian Hacker,” has a fun time showing us exactly what happens, and he does so more than once.

    First, you’ll see that he keeps a vat of liquid nitrogen sitting off to his side, for this very occasion no doubt. Then you’ll notice that he not only tries the experiment of adding the nitrogen to the cola twice, but then tries it again with water. Now, what was it that made mints explode in Diet Coke? Something about the sugar content … or something?

    Well, whatever it was, that’s not what’s going on here. The reason we know this is because you can get the exact same explosion using just water. Add some liquid nitrogen to a bottle of water once you run out of Coke (from exploding it all away in rocket form, of course) and get another rocket from it! I’ll be honest, I didn’t think it was going to work this time.

    During each attempt, the “rocket” flies up over our Hacker and behind him and out of sight. I believe there was one that even went so high and so far that it soared over the garage (or shed, or whatever that building was behind him). The solution also spills all over the concrete and the host’s pants, which means this experiment is not for everyone.

    Don’t try it if you’re not willing to get a little messy, and definitely don’t do it without a helmet like our Russian Hacker friend has. He’s prepared. Probably the best thing you can do is play pranks with it … Not that I’m encouraging that … just making an observation.

    Check it out first-hand in the video below!

    Sources: Crazy Russian Hacker/Youtube / Photo Credit: Mental Floss

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    New Coke Bottle Takes A Selfie While You Sip

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    Maybe you’ve gotten a sassy photo snapped of you while drinking a beverage, but have you ever gotten one from the bottle’s perspective? Now you can — if you get your hands on the new “selfie bottle” by Coca-Cola Israel.

    The classic bottle comes with a red camera fitted at the base, which automatically takes a photo when it’s tilted at 70 degrees — or the standard sip position — according to The Drum. 

    Unnecessary? Yes. Gimmicky? Indubitably. But there’s something whimsical about taking a selfie from such a unique angle, as well as the surprise when you plug a USB into the camera to find your photos. Will you look serene as you sip the sugary nectar on the beach, or will you look forlorn as you chug it while lying on the couch watching 2 a.m. infomercials?

    The selfie bottle is the brainchild of the Gefen Team for the Coca-Cola Summer Love campaign, a large outdoor brand event in Israel. The agency encourages Coke lovers to share their selfies on social media.

    “It really does the trick and makes the party goers more present and active during the event, knowing they can share their special moments just by drinking,” the agency said in a statement, according to The Drum.

    There are only a limited number of bottles available for Israel’s novelty drink market, according to Media Post, but that isn’t stopping social media users from sharing their enthusiasm for the invention.

    If you think the merging of technology and food packaging is unusual, think again; early this year, Coca-Cola designed a box that can be folded into virtual reality glasses to be used with a smart phone, while KFC released a box to not only cradle your chicken but to charge your phone.

    Time will tell what gimmick our technology addiction will inspire next. 

    Source: The Drum, Media Post / Photo Credit: The Drum

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    This New Coca-Cola Bottle Will Bring You Cheer (Video)

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    Coca-Cola is starting the party early this year with its creative new holiday bottle (video below).

    The new bottle allows your Coke to look like a cute little gift, all wrapped and ready to enjoy!

    The Huffington Post reports that Coca-Cola Japan is getting festive and staying jovial after an extremely divisive and — dare I say it? — exhausting election season in the U.S. The fun holiday bottle is here to remind us that the holidays are just around the corner, and we should be celebrating.

    The new label works by peeling off one end, and then pulling a tab through the end that remains attached to the bottle; the rest of the label scrunches up like a quirky holiday bow! Take the pulled-out tab and wrap it around the rest of the bottle, sticking it just under the bow to keep things classy.

    Currently, this fun new bottle is only available in Japan and the U.K., but I’m hoping it will make its way here to the States soon, so I can enjoy the little things as well.

    Take a look at the video below to see how it works. Somehow, it’s satisfying just watching others get to do it.

    Coca-Cola is known for displaying holiday cheer each season, and as we can all see, this year is no exception.

    Aside from these adorable new bottles, Coke will also be bringing back the truck tour experience, according to a company press release. The truck will make 44 stops in the U.K., offering visitors a “special winter wonderland” to explore before enjoying a bottle of their favorite soda. One lucky rider will even win a sack full of goodies worth over $6,200.

    Coke will also be joining forces with a U.K. charity to reduce food waste and hunger country-wide.

    And let’s not forget that a new ad will be coming out! Coke is known for coming up with great holiday ads.

    “Coca-Cola is synonymous with the Christmas season, and it’s no secret that our much-loved Holiday [ads] and Christmas Truck Tour mark the unofficial countdown to Christmas,” says the company’s marketing director.

    Sources: The Huffington Post, Coca-Cola UK, Coca-Cola Japan/YouTube / Photo Credit: Coca-Cola Japan/YouTube

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    Could Ginger Coca-Cola Be The Next Big Drink?

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    With health crazes being all the rage in 2016, Coca-Cola is trying to keep up by introducing new flavors. The first they are working with is Coca-Cola Ginger, and it’s currently available in Australia.

    Australians are apparently crazy for ginger, and CNBC reports that this new drink has launched just in time for their summer season. Ginger and Coca-Cola fans alike tried the new flavor, and seem to feel like it lacks the pizazz they were hoping for. Really, they just felt there wasn’t quite enough ginger.

    The staff at news.com.au, the country’s biggest news site, judged the flavor to be lacking. “There’s a subtle gingery scent and aftertaste, but if you’re going to do ginger, you have to commit,” one of them said.

    Ginger drink popularity is on the rise in Australia, and Coca-Cola South Pacific reports a 6% increase. However, fizzy beverages are dropping in sales in general while people grow more health-conscious. What does this mean for Coca-Cola? Well, put simply, it means more testing.

    Australian bottler Coca-Cola Amatil has announced there will be a “pipeline of new flavors for Coca-Cola” coming our way. This shows the company’s ability to try and move forward with the times, since soda sales are dropping.

    Business Insider reports that in the United States alone, the total volume of soda consumed has dropped 1.2% since 2015, compared to 0.9% in 2014. When broken down, Coca-Cola consumption dropped 1% in volume, and Pepsi lost 3.2% of that volume.

    People are simply consuming less soda in an effort to decrease sugar intake, and quite honestly, diet soda doesn’t have the greatest reputation for being health-conscious either. One thing we already know is that both Pepsi and Coke sell products other than soda, so this decline won’t necessarily be too much cause for concern.

    However, it’s important that both companies work to keep innovating. Keeping up with the times and today’s health trends will be vital to their success. Adding a ginger cola is just a first step in (hopefully) the right direction. Surely, soon, we’ll be enjoying many new and healthy Coke products.

    Sources: CNBC, News.com.auBusiness Insider / Photo credit: Coca-Cola South Pacific via CNBC

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    Dunkin’ Donuts Is Getting Into The Bottled Coffee Game And Looking To Beat Starbucks

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    It has finally been revealed that Dunkin Donuts will be offering bottled coffee-to-go drinks that were, until now, exclusive to the Starbucks brand.

    Remember when we told you that Coca-Cola was considering expansion into the bottled coffee market due to drops in soda sales? Well, now we know how they’re planning it. Fortune reports that the soda giant is going to team up with Dunkin’ to go head-to-head with Starbucks, who partners with Pepsi to sell their own drinks.

    The new line of cold coffee beverages is set to launch in early 2017, and the Dunkin’ brand will be manufactured, distributed and sold by Coke. They’ll be on shelves at grocery and convenient stores everywhere, much like our beloved Starbucks bottled coffees are now.

    The Wall Street Journal reports this as Dunkin’s latest attempt to brand itself as more of a coffee shop than a doughnut shop. Coffee, in all of its forms, already makes up about half of Dunkin’ Donuts’ sales. While Dunkin’ did acknowledge that selling these new bottled coffee drinks in-store might drive down sales for the made to order coffee drinks they already sell, they feel it will stop people from going elsewhere to buy bottled coffee later in the day.

    Dunkin’ Chief Executive Nigel Travis said in an interview that the company would like to stop this from happening. If bottled coffee drinks are available to-go, customers might grab them there instead of going somewhere else later.

    Coke will make the coffee using Arabica beans and through U.S. milk-making facilities through its Fairlife dairy joint venture.

    Dunkin’ has already been working to expand its coffee market for a few years now, releasing packaged coffees and K-cups which, funny enough, sit on grocery store shelves right next to the Starbucks coffee brands. Dunkin’ Donuts believes that by the end of one year of selling bottled coffee, it will have sold 2.4 billion cups, and that’s in addition to the 2 billion it already sells in the coffee shops.

    Looks like Starbucks has their work cut out for them in trying to stay one step ahead of the competition.

    Sources: The Wall Street Journal, Fortune / Photo credit: Dunkin' Donuts/Twitter

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    Walmart Disgusts Customers With Disgusting 9/11-Themed Soda Display

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    How on earth did anybody think this was an appropriate idea?

    Shoppers are horrified by Walmart’s supreme lack of tact once again after the chain unleashed one of its most disgusting marketing fails to date: several hundred 12-packs of Coke products stacked into a Ground Zero diorama.

    Above the display, a banner bearing both Coca-Cola and Walmart’s logos hangs, while printed over an image of the pre-9/11 New York City skyline the words “We Will Never Forget,” are written in a bold white font. The top right corner brings home the point: “9-11-01.”

    Then, underneath the banner, a sign announcing that Coca-Cola 12 packs are on sale for $3.33.

    “Rollback,” reads the sign.

    A man named Shawn Richard noticed the gross tribute on Sept. 6, while on vacation in Florida with his girlfriend.

    “We stopped and stared at it like, oh my god,” Richard told BuzzFeed News. “Nobody seemed to be noticing it, it wasn’t very crowded, and I got the feeling that it had just been assembled. So we took some pics and went on our way.”

    After tweeting the photo of the display — soda boxes mounted to resemble the Twin Towers — the post immediately went viral, with thousands retweeting it in just two days.

    It should come as no surprise that countless people were outraged.

    Per BuzzFeed, a Walmart spokesperson told the Orlando Weekly that the display is being taken down, noting that the Coca-Cola company is usually the mind behind the display ideas; Walmart then chooses whether or not to approve.

    Clearly, it chose wrong this time.

    Sources: BuzzFeed / Photo credit: Shawn Richard/Twitter

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    Coca-Cola Is Turning Its Attention Away From Soda And Towards Coffee

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    Over the years, Coca-Cola has noticed a new trend: People aren’t drinking as much soda anymore.

    For health reasons, this could be a very good thing, but for Coca-Cola, it’s time to invest more in other types of drinks. Business Insider reports that as of April, less than 25% of the company’s global sales are from soda. Sales are now coming in from Coca-Cola’s “still” beverages; their tea, juice and bottled water sales are rapidly growing.

    RBC analyst Nik Modi seems to think Starbucks is to blame for the soda-plummet. “Twenty years ago, people used to wake up with a Diet Coke or a Diet Pepsi,” says Modi, according to Business Insider. “At around 2:00, they’d have another and take a break. Walk in front of a Starbucks at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. and tell me how long the lines are.”

    If Starbucks is to blame, then Coca-Cola might be on the right track with adding coffee to their line of beverages. However, they shouldn’t start ignoring the soda market, since climate change is said to be diminishing the availability of coffee. As we reported on Sept. 5, The Climate Institute expects coffee to go extinct by the year 2080.

    John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute says that we can combat it by working to become more carbon neutral. Hopefully Coca-Cola is up-to-date with their research on this matter, and the coffee they’ll offer will be climate neutral, or provide a fair return to farmers and their communities. This way we can buy it without guilt. It seems this would be in their best interest, since it would put them ahead of many other coffee retailers.

    Future coffee extinction or no, this appears to be a smart and natural move for Coca-Cola to make. Right now, we love our coffee, and as far as I’m concerned, Modi is right that we look to coffee for a morning boost and an afternoon pick-me-up. It’s better for us than soda, and I think more of us are becoming health-conscious. Of course, that doesn’t apply when we are adding our sugar and cream. Some bad habits never die.

    Sources: Business Insider, The Climate Institute / Photo credit: Coca-Cola/Instagram

    Tags: Coca-Cola, coffee, Tea
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    Coca-Cola Might Be Pulling Their Products Out Of Vermont

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    As the state of Vermont rolls out its new GMO-labeling law, Coca-Cola and other major food corporations will temporarily pull their products from the shelves.

    Vermont is the first U.S. state to require food companies to label GMOs on their products, according to Reuters.

    “Products containing GMO ingredients will have the required language printed on the label or, in some cases, on stickers,” explained Coca-Cola spokesman Ben Sheidler.

    While most of the brand’s popular beverages, such as Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero, will continue to be widely available in Vermont stores, less popular products will not be sent to the state for the time being.

    “To avoid multiple labeling changes, some lower-volume brands and packages we offer within our broad portfolio could be temporarily unavailable in Vermont,” Sheidler said.

    Although consumers have been demanding a higher level of transparency about the contents of food items for a while, the U.S. food industry has been fighting mandatory GMO labeling initiatives on both the state and federal levels.

    Furthermore, over 100 Nobel laureates signed a letter to Greenpeace to urge the environmental group to halt its opposition to GMOs, as reported by The Washington Post. As the anti-GMO campaign has no scientific basis and may harm impoverished communities in the developing world, these scientists believe that “opposition based on emotion and dogma contradicted by data must be stopped.”

    “We urge Greenpeace and its supporters to re-examine the experience of farmers and consumers worldwide with crops and foods improved through biotechnology, recognize the findings of authoritative scientific bodies and regulatory agencies, and abandon their campaign against ‘GMOs’ in general and Golden Rice in particular,” the letter stated on the website Support Precision Agriculture.

    Although Greenpeace is not the only organization against the use of GMOs, the Nobel laureates oppose the role the organization has reportedly played to block Golden Rice, “which has the potential to reduce or eliminate much of the death and disease caused by a vitamin A deficiency,” according to the letter.

    “I find it surprising that groups that are very supportive of science when it comes to global climate change, or even, for the most part, in the appreciation of the value of vaccination in preventing human disease, yet can be so dismissive of the general views of scientists when it comes to something as important as the world’s agricultural future,” Nobel laureate Randy Schekman told The Washington Post.

    Sources: Reuters, Support Precision Agriculture, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Summi/Wikimedia Commons

    Tags: anti-GMOs, Coca-Cola, GMOs, Greenpeace, Vermont
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    Coca-Cola Honors Armed Forces With Limited-Edition Patriotic Design

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    Coca-Cola is featuring a patriotic message on its cans to honor the U.S. military and the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Service Organizations (USO).

    As Coca-Cola was a founding partner of the USO, which was established during World War II, the connection to the troops forms part of the history of the company.

    “Since the organization’s very beginning in 1941, the USO has been near and dear to us,” Erika von Heiland Strader, Coca-Cola North America’s community marketing director, explained in a statement. “Our relationship is now part of our heritage, our DNA. On behalf of all our Coca-Cola associates, we congratulate the USO on 75 years of connecting service members to their family, home and country!”

    The patriotic cans hit stores during Memorial Day Weekend and will be available until Independence Day. The red, white, and blue design consists of a wavy American flag, both companies logos, and the sentence, “I’m proud to be an American.”

    In addition, through the Campaign to Connect initiative, both organizations are working together to send support messages to one million members of the Armed forces and their families, as reported by Tech Times.  As a recent report shows that 90 percent of the service members feel the American public does not understand the sacrifices they have made, this initiative may help increase both awareness and appreciation for members of the Armed Forces throughout the world.

    Sources: Coca-Cola Company, Tech Times / Photo Credit: Coca-Cola Company

    Tags: America, Coca-Cola, United Service Organizations (USO)
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    Coca-Cola Reveals New Design In ‘One Brand’ Campaign (Photo)

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    Coca-Cola has decided to unify the branding for its four types of Coke, which may cause some confusion when the beverages are introduced in U.S. stores in 2017.

    According to Buzzfeed, the regular type of Coca-Cola will remain in the same all-red container. However Diet Coke, also known as Coca-Cola Light in various countries, will also be displayed in a predominately red container, but with a silver border. Coke Zero and Coca-Cola Life will have black and green borders, respectively.

    The new packaging will debut in Mexico in May 2016, and in various markets throughout 2016 and 2017. Coca-Cola believes the new design will remove distinctions between the four types of Coke. Sales of Diet Coke fell by six percent in 2015, whereas sales Coca-Cola zero increased by six percent. Regular Coke increased one percent worldwide.

    “We’re extending the strong brand equity of Coca-Cola across the trademark to offer consumers more choice and to also better promote our great-tasting diet and light portfolio,” said Coca Cola CEO Muhtar Kent. As the organization is attempting to unify all four into one ad campaign under the “One Brand” strategy, the redesign is believed to be a more cost-efficient move for the renowned beverage brand. 

    Sources: Buzzfeed / Photo Credit: Buzzfeed

    Tags: beverages, Coca-Cola, one brand strategy, redesign
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    What Happens When You Boil A Bottle Of Coke? (Video)

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    At this stage in the game, we all know that Coca-Cola is not healthy for us. People who continue to drink it do so because it tastes good. Whereas some people have opted to stop drinking it entirely.

    Although the battle lines have been drawn when it comes to Coke, and though we all know the pros and cons, it’s still fun for everyone to do little experiments with a spare bottle or two.

    Recently, a video emerged on Youtube showing what happens when you boil a bottle of Coke. It has already garnered more than 227,000 in just about a day.

    Shorter version (Ed. Note: Different video, same result):

    Full Clip:

    Looks delicious.

    Related: Watch What Happens When You Mix Coke And Milk

     

    Source: The Blaze

    Tags: Coca-Cola, drinks
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