No More Coke Zero! What?




 Before getting into the Coke Zero Farewell,  Please watch this video!

Coke Zero – “Nananana Nananana Hey Hey Hey Goodbye”

How many of you love Coke Zero and would be a little saddened by the news that there will be no more Coke Zero on store shelves here in the near future? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is true my friends. Why would the company take such a risk? After all, it has taken risks before only to have lost, but did they? Remember the April 23rd, 1985, Catastrophe incurred by the company as they tried to change their original product and relaunch a “New Coke?”

Why is the Coca-Cola Company bidding farewell to Coca-Cola Zero? And, will there be a back lash like that of the 1980s, as people demanded a return to Coke’s original flavor? We shall see the outcome here in the near future.   Hey, what does the company have to lose anyway? After all, they managed to take that epic 1985 fail and turn it around to a “Coca-Cola Classic” success!

Let me give you the 411:

The Coca-Cola company announced today that it will no longer be offering this product. Instead, they are moving to Coca-Cola Zero Sugar which will offer a new name, taste, and look. The company wants to assure that consumers don’t feel like they are switching brands as they move from drink to drink (silver, black, etc..) so they are incorporating the “red” color on the majority of the bottle.  The new product is set to hit the shelves in August of this year.  Hmm… Why? You ask. Well, here is the run down; The company claims that their low or no sugar drinks have rising sales, and the company’s top executives are hopeful that people will enjoy the same great taste with less sugar. The company put their product to the test for an entire year to see if it would be something that consumers would like. Apparently, it sparked fire on the taste buds of those who sampled the product because the company is moving forward with the launch.

What are your thoughts? Are you in for the new product? Or, are you not a coke drinker at all? What products might they sell that would draw your attention?

 

What’s going on with Coca-Cola Co?

When I saw the headlines, I wondered what was going on? Why such a change? Well, It seems as if Coca-Cola is scrambling to find ways to diversify its company as it has lost shares in the second quarter and revenue was down about 16%. The market is changing. People are wanting smaller sizes and the company is seeing that. Click here  (Coca-Cola Change) for more information, via video, on that.



What about the Sugar in Coke Products? Is Coca-Cola willing to change their ways?

In an article found on coca-colacompany.com, entitled Coca-Cola CEO: ‘We Must Be Bold and Fast’ CEO James Quincey states, “Sugar is a challenge for many communities. We accept it. In many countries, there are people who over consume sugar, both in beverages and in foods. This is where we, as well, need to act. We support the World Health Organization (WHO) in its goal that people should not consume more than 10 percent of their daily calories from added sugar. In Germany, we are backing the commitment of the European beverage association, UNESDA, to bring down the sugar content of our portfolio by a total of 10 percent by 2020. This requires major efforts. We are changing recipes, focusing increasingly on smaller packages and, last but not least, providing clear product information for consumers.”

I have to say that I like that they are trying to be more transparent and I also agree with the smaller sizes.

 

While I like the route they are taking with smaller packages and no sugar, I just can’t help but wonder what other “bad” ingredients” are going to be going into the new drink. I mean, “NO SUGAR?” I guess I will wait to find out, though I will not be drinking it, I will be reading the label out of curiosity.

STOP!! May be a lot of the same, huh?

Here is the link with the ingredients  (Coca-Cola Zero Sugar). Not a fan of the following found on the previous link:

“Ingredients: Water, Colour (Caramel E150d), Phosphoric Acid, Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame K), Natural Flavourings Including Caffeine, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate). Contains a Source of Phenylalanine

 

What do you think? Is this something worth drinking? I’m not an expert, but I have been told that if you can’t pronounce it, it probably isn’t good. Just saying. 🙂 




 Consuming soft drinks are bad altogether and I wonder how such companies have been allowed to sell these highly addictive drinks for years?  Well, in Coca-Cola’s case, for over a century! How is it ok? I am digressing here because as I write I think of the repercussions of drinking such drinks on a daily basis, as many people do today. People might say that it is up to us and that we are capable of making our own decisions on whether or not we drink coke or not, but my question is why allow something harmful to be put out to the public in the first place? Isn’t this similar to the tobacco industry?  Ok, maybe I am going overboard here because, after all, we all know how horribly bad tobacco is for us but is coke that much better? You know, people say all in moderation. And, I agree. Still, I ponder about what our government allows us to ingest. 

 

Whatever the case, Coca-Cola is living breathing tradition for so many around the world and be it what it may, it seems as if they are trying to do better by their consumers. They are working hard to diversify and venture out into new areas of service and I am sure they will continue to be around for another century. Don’t worry, you probably will not have to go out and purchase your exclusive seating for nearly $3,000 just yet!  

Personally, I think it is time for me to say no to sodas altogether. I have done it for 31 days straight, why not continue? 

*Please feel free to leave your thoughts below 🙂

10 thoughts on “No More Coke Zero! What?

  1. Hmm, why do I get a feeling that Coca-Cola Zero Sugar will be just a re-branded Coke Zero? Sounds more like a strategy to drum up more sales. But perhaps I am just jaded 🙂

    I guess that the direction to move to less sugar in drinks has to be applauded, though. Even if we are starting to load our drinks with Aspartame now instead. That said, I still enjoy Coca-Cola… I must admit. There is just something about that taste.

    1. Hi, Gregory. It seems as if they are changing the ingredients in the drink but you are right too, I do think part of it is sales strategy. I am with you on them loading the drinks up with aspartame now. That isn’t good. I don’t know how they can move this product to a more healthy version. It seems crazy and impossible, but I am not a nutritionist or medical expert, maybe they will find the miracle fix. Don’t think so though 🙂 I did embed a video today on my page that shows the difference of boiling regular coke and coke zero and it is pretty crazy.

      Either way, I haven’t had a soda in a while now and if I ever do decide to drink them again, it will have to be on a limited basis. They are so darn addicting! My addiction is the carbonation so I have moved to drinking carbonated water. Probably not that much better as I have heard it isn’t good for your bones. Who knows. Anyhow, thanks for the comment and hope to see you back here.

  2. Hey interesting post! Coke is universally loved by all and with the diet conscious society we live in growing stronger its about time they changed their ways. Again its the the battle between we have a choice and should they even be on the shelves in the first place but I think with the ever growing awareness of the damaging effects of sugar people are starting to come to their senses

    1. Kourtney, Thanks for stopping by. I agree with you in that people are starting to come to their senses. Apparently, Coca-Cola is listening too. That’s a good thing. I struggle with whether or not it should be on the shelves because we get so addicted. But, when I really sit and think about it, I guess I would have to side with them being gone forever. Can you imagine? No sodas? Yikes! I think we’d have a lot of people going wild, myself included. I have been addicted to sodas forever and I allowed my son to drink them and now he is addicted. That is my fault and I feel horrible for it. Luckily, I am taking the necessary steps to stop it now. But, there are so many other people who drink sodas all day. And, it is addicting because of all the sugar, etc.. I guess all we can do is try to be better and do better. Either way, like you said, I’m glad they are changing their ways.

  3. This is a really good article, and I will have to summarize my comment so as not to “get up on my soapbox” and ramble, but so much of what you say is true. I don’t drink Coke, but I do drink a soda occasionally, so this new product is neither here nor there for me. I believe Coca Cola is trying to stay alive in a society where the public is becoming more health-conscious. The only reason they are being transparent and also changing up their recipes to be ‘healthier’ is because they have no choice. It has hit them HARD in the pocket. You are absolutely right when you say Coke has always been unhealthy. Coca Cola and many other companies made a killing off of making people sick and fat with their products. My mom once told me that her father would use Coke to clean off the rust on his truck’s windshield. The stuff is toxic. Coca Cola is finally being held accountable on a much larger scale and they have to react if they want to remain. I also love the fact that companies are popping up left and right that offer beverages with alternative, and more healthy ingredients and companies like Coca Cola are being passed over. I agree that if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it probably isn’t good. So I will steer clear of Coke Zero Sugar and try to avoid soda altogether.

    1. Nicely worded, Wendi. It really is crazy, isn’t? My mother had bladder cancer and I don’t know if her addiction to soda had anything to do with it, but I can’t help but think it did. Luckily, she has been cancer free for years now, but she continues to drinks sodas and complains about her stomach hurting. I worry for her, but it such an addiction to try to stop. I love it too and because of me, my son is addicted too. So, I don’t buy them anymore. I don’t bring them to the house unless there is a get-together and that is the only time he is allowed to have a soda. It is scary stuff. Hence, I am trying to avoid them at all cost. I’m with you. Anyhow, thanks for stopping by and hope you return.

  4. Hey Melanie, I’m with you on this one. I went cold turkey on Coke and other soda (except seltzer) decades ago, and now my consumption of this stuff is 2 or three rum and cokes a year, at most. Aspartame is the worst of the scary sugar substitutes IMHO, but still probably better than all that sugar. JUST SAY NO! I agree that these guys are not much better than the tobacco industry, but at least the first attempts at cola, (when coke actually had cocaine in it) were an attempt at a health drink. Crazy, but that’s how most of our unhealthiest obsessions got started. But I kicked the soda thing long ago. Now if only I could cut back on chocolate… Probably not gonna happen 🙂

    1. Hi, Steve. Thank you for stopping my. I couldn’t agree with you more. It is simply crazy what our government allows these companies to do. It is always about the dollar, in my opinion. Money talks and often the consumer is the one left to suffer. Anyhow, glad you kicked the soda habit. I haven’t had any in over a month. It sure feels good. Part of my motivation is making sure my son doesn’t drink them anymore. Anyhow, don’t worry about the chocolate 🙂 We have to be able to indulge ourselves every now and then. I haven’t had sugar for over 30 days and I can’t tell you how good I feel. So, chocolate is out of the question at this point for me. Once I get to where I want to be, I will indulge in a tiny piece. I am just scared I am going to have that tiny piece and gobble up the entire bar! Yikes! Anyhow, I digressed. Hope to see you back here.

  5. Wow Melanie, 31 days! That is an achievement!! Personally yes, I would class myself as moderate drinker of Coke – Diet Coke or Coke Zero whatever, so long as it’s not the original Coke, which in my opinion does contain too much sugar. And no, I don’t necessarily focus on all the other unpronounceable ingredients. I believe if I started doing so, all that would be left of me to drink would only be boring water. Or maybe that’s what I should start doing??? The point with Coke Zero is that I never thought sales were not going too well, as I believe the product, at least in UK, is still selling very well. Whichever direction the company wants to take, so long as they keep a sugar free production, I shall be a happy customer 🙂

    1. Hi, Giulia. I read somewhere that Coca-Cola is changing Coke Zero to taste more like coke. Hmm… That might not be good for you since you aren’t a fan of the original. Anyhow, I agree with you in terms of not focusing on the ingredients. There are so many nasty ingredients in these drinks, like everything else it seems, that are unhealthy for us. It is so hard when they taste so good! Anyhow, Thank you for stopping by. If you do happen to give the new drink a try, let me know what you think. 🙂

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