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Verizon Center switching to Pepsi

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Verizon Center to switch from Coke to Pepsi products – DC Sports Bog, The Post
The best news out of Ted Leonsis’ Monumental Sports & Entertainment since Game 7 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs is that Pepsi products will soon be the official soft drinks of Verizon Center. Coke drinkers are not taking the news well which isn’t surprising.

Of course, it is going to be a while before I get my first Verizon Center Pepsi. I’m boycotting the teams there because Leonsis is presiding over his third lockout – second in hockey and second in consecutive years (Capitals now, Wizards last year). Hard to cheer for a team and sport when ownership doesn’t want to play.

Pepsi was sold at Washington Nationals games when they were at RFK Stadium. I think that is still true for DC United. Nationals Park and FedEx Field both sell Coca-Cola products.

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Pepsi State: Penn State and Pepsico set to extend contract 10 more years

PepsiCo awarded exclusive Penn State contractCDT
The official soft drink of Penn State will remain Pepsi for another 10 years if a contract between the university and Pepsi is completed in July as expected. The details are still being worked out, but Pepsi would have continue to have exclusive pouring and vending rights on all Penn State campuses.

When I was a student, there was a lot of grumbling about “Pepsi State” from Coke drinkers. I wonder if that is still the case. As of last year, there was a rouge Coke machine on campus (Onward State). From that link, I was directed to an 1992 article from the Times detailing the original Penn State-Pepsi agreement which is quite interesting. Apparently, Penn State was just trying to secure advertising for what was to be the Bryce Jordan Center, but it grew into more. There were concerns that the university was selling out with the deal. I always wondered if people would have felt the same way if it was Coca-Cola instead of PepsiCo and I suspect they would not.

Unless there the contract goes completely off the rails, seven or eight generations of Penn State students will have only been able to buy Pepsi products.

H/T Black Shoe Diaries

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Pepsi Throwback will be sold on a permanent basis

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Pepsi, Frito-Lay capitalize on fond thoughts of the good ol’ daysUSA Today
Excellent news, Throwback will be a permanent part of the Pepsi product line. Pepsi Throwback was was introduced in 2009 and has been brought back several times since, including this winter. I horde the stuff.

Pepsi Throwback (there is a Mountain Dew version as well) uses sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Given the growing concerns about HFCS, I’m quite pleased that I can get my favorite beverage without it. The taste is a little different — I think Throwback has a little less kick and is much more addictive than regular Pepsi.

Also, Frito Lay is making a version of the Doritos that taste like they did in the 1980s. Several years ago, I noticed a change in the taste, for the worse, of regular Doritos, so maybe these retro ones will taste right. I don’t eat Doritos that much any more, so I don’t care that much.

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Review: Pepsi Throwback

Pepsi Throwback can
A while back my brother told me about a version of Pepsi flavored with sugar instead of corn syrup. Last week, I saw that version, Pepsi Throwback, in the stores for the first time and I picked up several packs. Part of me was hoping it would be better than regular Pepsi, but since it has a limited release, I was worried that if it was I would be spoiled by something that would soon go away. Having now had 3 or 4 cans, I can say that I do taste a bit of a difference. Throwback is not quite as sweet as regular Pepsi — it is a little more nuanced, if that is even possible in carbonated sugar water. I’ve gone back and forth between Throwback and the regular stuff and not had a strong reaction either way, so I say the difference is not very significant. That being said, I’ll probably stock up on the Throwback just because regular sugar isn’t as bad for you as corn syrup.

I think I’m going to have to do the Pepsi Throwback Challenge though and blog the results.

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Pepsi fixes what wasn’t broken

Old logo, new logo
My favorite soft drink, Pepsi Cola just changed their logo. Why, I cannot say. Looking at them side-to-side, it is clear to me the old “Pepsi ball” is better and the new one is just weird. I do like the new script though, especially the “e” which has a wave like the old Pepsi logo, but that reinforces that I don’t like the new Pepsi ball. Why “fix” was is not broken?*

Pepsi has a flash presentation about the new and old designs on their Web site.

At least the product still tastes good. I might have to save an old can.

*Of course, by blogging about the change, I fell into the trap they set by creating a new logo.

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Damage Control: Pepsi


The day after the Penn State vs. Akron game I saw a Pepsi vending machine that was selling cans for 50. Excited at the cheap price, I decided to get a Pepsi. However, I was foiled when the machine would not vend any product and the change return was broken. I did notice that there was a quality control number on the machine, so I called it up and left a message with the details. I had forgotten about until the other day when Erica mentioned a coupon had come in the mail.

Pepsi, or specifically the Mid-Atlantic Customer Equipment Service Center, gave me a coupon for a 1 or 2 liter bottle of Pepsi product, as much as a $1.49 value. I probably would have rather had a the Pepsi then and there, but I appreciate the effort to fix the situation. If you ignore the whole delayed gratification thing, I came out with an extra 99¢ and up to 55.648 ounces of Pepsi. Not bad, thanks for making things right Mid-Atlantic Customer Equipment Service Center.

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