The last few days have been hard for lovers of Mexican Coke. That's because a chief executive of a bottling plant in Mexico said that they were considering making a “move to more fructose” thanks to a new soda tax. Mexican Coke, which is currently made with cane sugar, is beloved by many for that reason alone. The idea that the cane sugar would be replaced caused quite a freak-out. (You can read some of that freak-out in the 150 or so comments on the blog post about the debacle on OC Weekly's website.)
The powers that be — aka Coca-Cola — have tried to cheer up distraught fans of Mexican Coke, spending the day responding to them on Twitter with this statement: “Be reassured — Coca-Cola from Mexico sold in the U.S. is still sweetened w/ 100% cane sugar. Reports otherwise are false.” This wasn't exactly comforting, given that the word “still” was used but not the words “will not be.”
But now Latin Times is reporting that the proposed “move to more fructose” would only be for Coke sold inside Mexico, not Coke sold for export:
Garza [the executive who originally made the fructose statement] had to rectify in a statement that Arca Continental has no plans to change the sweetener for the Coke bottles it exports. Those will continue to use 100 percent cane sugar, the statement said. The company's CEO said that the thought of using more fructose was only for drinks distributed in Mexico.
Which is a relief to us, but not so much to Mexican residents who also like their Coke the way it is. It will be a strange state of affairs when Mexican soda lovers will have to come to the United States to buy “Mexican Coke.”
[H/T Brett Anderson]