SOMERSET, Pa. — Traveling to Pittsburgh this past weekend, we stopped at a Sheetz. It was there that I learned Pepsi was available in 24 oz. cans. I figured for the sake of journalism I would try one out.
- That’s a lot of Pepsi
- It stayed sufficiently cold for the duration of the experience – aluminum > plastic
- The can fit in my cupholder
- There might be more than two 12 oz. cans worth of aluminum in the 24 oz. can.
- They didn’t have Pepsi Throwback in 24 oz. cans, but they did have Wild Cherry Pepsi
It is probably for the best these are not readily available in Northern Virginia.
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.
ASHBURN, Va. — Coming back from an overnight stay in Leesburg after a wedding in Bluemont last month, I decided to see if the Partlow Bros. General Store in Ashburn was still in operation. I had a soft spot for it since the first time I bicycled or hiked past it on the W&OD Trail. It was a throwback to a simpler time and as the development overtook that part of Loudon County, I was happy to see it continue. However, the general store has been replaced by Carolina Brothers Barbecue. The building is still the same and it is certainly still an excellent stop for W&OD cyclists, runners, hikers, etc. It seems like a logical evolution for the spot given.
I noticed inside that a refrigerator had a nice tall glass bottle of Pepsi. I picked it up and read the label and saw that it had sugar, not corn syrup in it — just like Pepsi Throwback. I picked up several bottles. I also noticed they had Cheerwine in old-style glass bottles which pleased my wife. She had developed a taste for it during our trip to South Carolina in the spring. We also got a few bottles of it for my sister-in-law who is from Texas. Then, my wife spotted an ever rarer soda — Big Red. My sister-in-law loves Big Red, so we were really pleased to give her some. We also picked up some Mexi-Cokes since other family members prefer the real sugar version of Coca-Cola.
Sometime later in the summer or fall, we’ll go out there and try the barbecue. We have bough a couple of sauces for ourselves which we will try on our crock pot pork shoulder but we want the real thing too. They also sold apple butter which is delicious.
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PepsiCo awarded exclusive Penn State contract – CDT
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
Pepsi, Frito-Lay capitalize on fond thoughts of the good ol’ days – USA 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.
TYSONS CORNER, Va. — This morning while going through Harris Teeter, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Pepsi Throwback is available again. This time around, the red, white and blue packaging from the early 1980s is being used. I will be stocking up. While it doesn’t have quite the bite of regular Pepsi, any chance to consume less high fructose corn syrup is a good one — take that subsidized corn farmers!
According the Pepsi Throwback Web site, the “real sugar” cola is available December 28, 2009 through February 22, 2010.
PREVIOUSLY: Review: Pepsi Throwback – 06.24.2009
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NEW YORK — Since at least the mid 1990s, Pepsi cans sold by food carts in Manhattan have always said NEW YORK. I don’t recall seeing this in any other city. Granted the other cities that tend to buy from food carts are Washington and Arlington (actually a county, of course) so I can’t speak to say Boston or Chicago, but I have a feeling its just a New York thing. Why don’t other cities do it?
By the way, a Sabrett and a can of Pepsi is a requirement of any trip to New York for me.
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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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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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Nationals to Start the Season With a Better Feel for Pitching – The Post
The Nats pitching situation isn’t the free-for-all it was last spring training (when 37 pitchers arrived vying 37 spots) but it isn’t set in stone or even wet cement. Shawn Hill, John Patterson and Jason Bergmann all have the “if they could stay healthy” cloud hanging over their heads. Matt Chico lead the team in innings pitched last year and was decent. There are also “a young group of arms that includes John Lannan, Collin Balester, Tyler Clippard, Garrett Mock and eventually even Ross Detwiler, last year’s first-round pick, is developing with varying degrees of promise. The talent, the Nationals believe, is more concentrated.”
As much as we would like ¡LIVAN! back, I understand why the team isn’t apparently that interested.
The Post’s spring training preview, a mere one page plus the aricle linked above, is available only in PDF form online.
Also, Nats320 reveals that Nationals Park will be serving Coca-Cola products instead of Pepsi. Boo!
Details on single game ticket sales (Chatter) will be announced tomorrow.