Adios, Mexican Coke? Cult Soda Might Disappear Forever Thanks to Mexican Government's Soda Tax

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While I'm a fan of Mexican Coke, I've never been obsessed with it like most gabachos--Jarritos and Sidral are far better. But as we all know, Americans love, love, LOVE the soda like they do all Mexican food, proclaiming its superiority to American Coke because the Mexi version supposedly uses actual cane sugar instead of fructose.

Well, those fans are in a state of panic now, because their hipster news services are finally letting them know of the Mexican government's long-planned effort--finally passed last week--to place a tax on soft drinks, ostensibly to combat high rates of obesity and diabetes in the nation. It's following in the lead of other cities and countries around the world doing the same. Coca Cola executives have fought such measures at every stop--but they've gotten downright medieval in Mexico, deeming the coming tax "discriminatory" and now telling investors they just might ditch the MexiCoke formula altogether. Adiós, Mexican Coke?

In an interview with investors last week, the top bottler of Coke in Mexico told them that they might switch away from using cane sugar and up the fructose ante, as "that's a very important part of the savings that we are foreseeing now.

I'm more concerned about what it'll do to Jarritos, but in the meanwhile, start stocking up on that Mexicoke, folks--it just might become the next Twinkies.

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maureenataba
maureenataba

Despite its name, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is not high in fructose. In fact, just like table sugar (or sucrose), HFCS is a combination of two simple sugars - glucose and fructose. Furthermore, our bodies process the two in essentially the same way. http://www.letsclearitup.org/myth_vs_fact/335/#.UkG3tOLr9TQ. HFCS is a safe, FDA-approved ingredient, and consumers should have complete confidence in consuming beverages containing HFCS.

Sapo Cancionero
Sapo Cancionero

Siiiiiii! Ojala desapareciera de la fas de la tierra!

Robert Frost
Robert Frost

Coca Cola is available from other sources, still made with sugar. Although, probably at a slightly higher cost.

Loren Ho
Loren Ho

I had the original Mexican bottled Coca-Cola in Mexico City. It burned like hell when it went down just like in the US in the 1950's. It was grrrreat!

Noe Alamillo
Noe Alamillo

The corn syrup producers in the USA need to enrich their profits. Follow the money.

Efren Flores
Efren Flores

Coke tastes better with Bacardi spiced rum or Jack Daniels whiskey!!

Otis Denim
Otis Denim

Listen, if the label says ONLY the word sugar, it is beet sugar - aka Monsanto hell . Real Mex Coke used CANE sugar . If you buy only the word "sugar" , you may as well buy HFCS garbage .

Marianna Peña
Marianna Peña

Noooooooooo!! I love Mexican coke its such a nice treat to have once and awhile. It's the real thing baby!

Richard Mendell
Richard Mendell

And besides this, any change made in Mexico won't effect Guatemalan Coke.

Richard Mendell
Richard Mendell

Sugar is cheaper than high fructose corn syrup in Mexico, so I can't imagine them changing unless the new tax is specifically on sugar. The only reason HFCS is used here is because imported sugar is taxed to protect US sugar beer farmers and US corn growers are subsidized to make corn cheaper.

Will Webb
Will Webb

En Mexico la Coca Cola llega hasta los rincones mas lejanos de las comunidades rurales, mas que el agua potable... Los Mexicanos son los consumidores #1 de refrescos en el mundo... este impuesto no va a desaparecer ni a cambiar la dieta de millones de mexicanos que subsisten dia a dia con una coca y unas papas sabritas, o un gansito marinela. pagaran mas... eso es todo.

Cruz Sanchez
Cruz Sanchez

It's a sad day in Mexican history ........:(

dg8672
dg8672

Hipster? Really? Give me a break. I drink it because it tastes better than the HFCS version and its healthier because it uses sugar.


Amber Gray-Fenner
Amber Gray-Fenner

Oh man! I love Mexican Coke. Better taste, better bottle. Bummer.

Patsy Borbon
Patsy Borbon

Soda is taxed in U.S as well.. so why not Mexico.. They know it is a huge seller they won't do away with it or change from using sugar cane. Not when thats the main reason its a popular sell and a huge profit for them.. Money talks.. greed prevails.

Billy Frame
Billy Frame

Never. They will always be in every peice of shit Counrty.

gorditaheaven
gorditaheaven

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Toledo Davíd
Toledo Davíd

"...to combat high rates of obesity and diabetes in the nation" It's necessary! I care about my people and fuck corporate coke. It's not only destroying our health, but our pockets too. Coke has definitely abused our resources too. A la mierda!

Andy Au
Andy Au

I love Mexican Coke!!! I bought the case of MexiCoke last week at Costco.

Gary Summers
Gary Summers

SON OF A BITCH! Mexican Coke so far outtrumps its American counterpart. Pandejos want to ban it because a bunch of fatsos cant control their sugar intake? You can make homemade tea with more sugar than soda gordito(a)'s have to ruin it for all of us. Whats next on the list, Abulita? That has sugar too!

Lehi Vargas
Lehi Vargas

Mexico is # 1 percapita soda drinking country so i do not thing coca is endangered just becaouse the new tax. Same thing they have done with cigarrettes and people still smoke that shit..

South Los
South Los

It's less bad fr you in Mexico than the US

Diana Griffin
Diana Griffin

I love that coke, why mess up a good thing. American buy it at Costco by the case. Leave it alone.

Diseño Textil Artesanal Xochiquetzal
Diseño Textil Artesanal Xochiquetzal

Totalmente de acuerdo contigo pues no solo los mexicanos que viven en Mèxico son en su mayoria adictos a este veneno llamado coca o pepsi o lo que sea que eta embotellado........

Lee Hopper
Lee Hopper

no way MUCHACHO, I will keep drinking my COCA COLA for ever!

Juan M Escobar
Juan M Escobar

The producer will pass the cost to the consumer, who eventually will forget about the increase as long as we continue enjoying those tacos al pastor con una Coca bien fria.

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