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The REAL Differences Between Coke And Pepsi People
Business Insider ^ | 13 May 2011 | Alana Horowitz

Posted on 05/14/2011 9:45:11 AM PDT by smokingfrog

You probably can't describe the difference between Coke and Pepsi. Perhaps one cola seems sweeter, but you couldn't certainly distinguish them in a taste test. Yet you know without a doubt which one you like more.

The fierce brand loyalties of Coke vs. Pepsi are a marvel of American marketing.

Slightly older, Coca-Cola was always the dominant brand.

Pepsi gained market share in the middle of the century with a series of ad campaigns. In 1975 the first Pepsi Challenge claimed that people preferred Pepsi in a blind taste test. The brand was also marketed as the soda of the new generation, with celebrity spokespeople like Michael Jackson.

Today America's preference is firmly divided by demographics, according to research by Hunch.com. Surprisingly there's a big divide based on wealth and education.


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KEYWORDS: coke; demographics; pepsi
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B.S. ??
1 posted on 05/14/2011 9:45:12 AM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

The premise is wrong. Who CAN’T taste the difference between the two? Pepsi tastes like crap and I don’t really give a damn about their histories.


2 posted on 05/14/2011 9:47:36 AM PDT by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: smokingfrog

“but you couldn’t certainly distinguish them in a taste test. “

Of course you can


3 posted on 05/14/2011 9:47:36 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: smokingfrog

I drink water mostly.
Its better for you...


4 posted on 05/14/2011 9:48:29 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: smokingfrog

I prefer Pepsi
>>Coke drinkers more likely to have grad. college

I grad. college (B.A.)

>>Pepsi people prefer classic American snacks, like Cheese Whiz and Spam.

That’s me, er—SPAM???

>>Coke drinkers read the New York Times. Pepsi people—USA Today

Me: Neither

>>Coke drinks consider themselves well traveled.

I, a Pepsi drinker, am well traveled

>>Coke drinkers will show up early.

This Pepsi drinker does.


5 posted on 05/14/2011 9:48:45 AM PDT by raccoonradio (..)
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To: smokingfrog

I drink both, though I prefer Coke over ice. I guess that makes me a snob?


6 posted on 05/14/2011 9:48:59 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: smokingfrog

Yup, B.S.!


7 posted on 05/14/2011 9:50:11 AM PDT by Fireone (Heating the tar and readying the feathers.)
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To: smokingfrog

I drink coke and never been to an art gallery, so there!


8 posted on 05/14/2011 9:50:26 AM PDT by cetarist
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To: smokingfrog

Yes.


9 posted on 05/14/2011 9:51:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: smokingfrog

I drink Tea, or Dr. Pepper. Given the choice tho, I’ll take Coke thank you. :)

BTW, when ordering a soft drink in Texas, you ask for a coke, then the waitress asks what kind, then you ask for a Dr. Pepper, as it is in the coke family. It isn’t “soda” or “pop”, it’s a coke (dammit)! :)


10 posted on 05/14/2011 9:53:49 AM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: Amberdawn

Naah, putting it over ice and diluting it makes it as bad as Pepsi.


11 posted on 05/14/2011 9:53:55 AM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: cripplecreek

I just like Pepsi Throwback (with sugar!)
I never thought about what little categories I’m supposed to fit into.

I hate Pepsi’s politics however.


12 posted on 05/14/2011 9:54:04 AM PDT by sillsfan (Reagan and Sarah are right- WE win, they lose!)
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To: smokingfrog

I drink Coke but I like the taste of Pepsi better.

I hate sushi, caviar, Cheese Whiz, Spam, and the New York Times.

But most of all, I hate companies whose CEOs compare my country to a raised middle finger. That’s why I drink Coke.


14 posted on 05/14/2011 9:54:51 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: smokingfrog
I don't know about telling between them, but you can always differentiate Coke and Pepsi drinkers from the rest of the population.

They are the fat ones. :)

15 posted on 05/14/2011 9:55:26 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: smokingfrog

I’ll drink either Coke or Pepsi.


16 posted on 05/14/2011 9:55:34 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: smokingfrog

When I drink coke, it’s Coke.

And I would be able to tell a difference blind-folded and with the flu. Still, this seems like an advertising piece.


17 posted on 05/14/2011 9:56:23 AM PDT by stentorian conservative (Obama is sinking the boat that was built to stay afloat.)
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To: Sporke

http://www.popvssoda.com/countystats/total-county.html


18 posted on 05/14/2011 9:58:16 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: smokingfrog

19 posted on 05/14/2011 9:59:01 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: smokingfrog
Pretty simple really

Coke drinkers tend to see themselves as citizens of America

Pepsi drinkers see themselves as citizens of the world.

Coke drinkers work hard and play hard

Pepsi drinkers are dope smoking left wing political activists

Coke drinkers vote Republican and love the Constitution

Pepsi drinkers love the new "Choice of a new generation" Barack Hussein Obama and Communism

Bet you didn't know you could get all that from what soda people drink did ya?

RC Cola and Dr. Pepper drinkers tend to be Tea Partying Libertarians who want you to leave them alone and get the hell out of their country (meaning the State they live in).

20 posted on 05/14/2011 9:59:21 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: smokingfrog

MEXICAN COKE with real sugar instead of corn syrup. I don’t drink very many soft drinks, but occasionally one hits the spot and this is what I like. With a squeeze of lime juice.


21 posted on 05/14/2011 10:01:27 AM PDT by La Lydia ("California: When the parasites outnumber the hosts, it's all over.")
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To: smokingfrog

I’ll have an RC Cola and a Moon Pie. Now.


22 posted on 05/14/2011 10:01:58 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Courage is fear holding on a minute longer - George S. Patton)
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To: stentorian conservative

The only thing missing is that pepsi drinkers are alcoholic wife beating child molesters. (and quite possibly terrorists)

Sheesh


23 posted on 05/14/2011 10:02:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: smokingfrog

I don’t know. The survey looks entirely reasonable to me. Hehehehe.


24 posted on 05/14/2011 10:02:28 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: smokingfrog

Coke with my burger and fries. Coke with the right kind of rum (Santa Tereasa Superior) and lime. Almost never Coke by it’s self.

I just don’t like Pepsi!


25 posted on 05/14/2011 10:06:03 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: smokingfrog
The Coke and Pepsi of today taste nothing like they did when I was a kid 50 years ago.

I always drank both, but an ice cold Pepsi in the swirled glass bottle almost burned going down and it had a much sweeter and distinctive taste than Coke.

Today, I drink Pepsi Throwback or the Mexican Papsi in the glass bottle if I find a Roach Coach that has it. In CA, they banned Mexican Pepsi because the paint on the OUTSIDE of some of the bottles had lead in it. First thing I ever do is lick the outside of the bottle you know, idiots...

26 posted on 05/14/2011 10:07:48 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now...)
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To: smokingfrog

I like an occasional Diet Dr Pepper. Does that make me a fat hillybilly? Or, should I say that I am a voluptuous gal of Southern descent?


27 posted on 05/14/2011 10:08:31 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Kickass Conservative
Mexican PEPSI, geez...
28 posted on 05/14/2011 10:08:57 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now...)
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To: smokingfrog

Ok fine, but what about us Dr. Pepper people, where do we fit on the spectrum?


29 posted on 05/14/2011 10:09:06 AM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: Bockscar

You're just weird. ;-)

30 posted on 05/14/2011 10:09:57 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: normy

I don’t fit the stereotype, as a Pepsi drinker. I am a citizen of America (though admittedly the Pepsi rebranding in ‘08 to look kinda like the Obama “O” was not pleasing to me). I work and play hard and am a conservative and vote Republican.

To paraphrase the SNL skit based on the Billy Goat Tavern,
for me it’s “No Coke, Pepsi”. Though diet Coke with lime is OK.


31 posted on 05/14/2011 10:10:41 AM PDT by raccoonradio (..)
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To: smokingfrog
but you couldn't certainly distinguish them in a taste test.

Might be true for fountain drinks, since their are so many variables with mixing syrup and making carbonated water at the dispenser, but any Coke or Pepsi lover can instantly tell the difference in a blind test when using bottled product.

32 posted on 05/14/2011 10:10:44 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: WellyP

I will drink a little Moxie, if I can ever find it!

Moxie originated as a patent medicine called “Moxie Nerve Food,”[2] which was created around 1876 by Dr. Augustin Thompson of Union, Maine.[3]

Moxie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Wikipedia
History · Advertising · Moxie today · Derivative products
A lawsuit was filed in 1907 by the Moxie Nerve Food Company of New England against the Modox Company and others, alleging that they had copied the ingredients of Moxie ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moxie


33 posted on 05/14/2011 10:10:53 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: normy
That doesn't fit very well with what the article says.

Essentially you're saying that Coke drinkers are Southerners or rural folks and Pepsi drinkers are Northerners or big city people.

Or maybe it's the similarity of Pepsi's logo with Obama's.

But that doesn't really work.

Coke has a massive captive audience in the Southeast. People there would probably much rather drink some off-brand competitor than Pepsi.

But apart from that, in the country as a whole, "Pepsi" is kind of a silly name. It's the sort of word grandma might have used.

So those sophisticated urban cosmopolitans order Coke a lot more than Pepsi. The further you get from Atlanta the more likely it is that your poor, stay-at-home country mice drink Pepsi or RC or the supermarket generic and the affluent, elitist city mice buy Coke.

And didn't Jimmy Carter refer to the Coca-Cola company as his State Department when he ran for President?

34 posted on 05/14/2011 10:12:11 AM PDT by x
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To: dainbramaged
"I’ll have an RC Cola and a Moon Pie. Now."

Wow, that reminds me of growing up back home in Tennessee.

I'm a Coke Zero drinker. The Pepsi Throwback with real sugar is good however.

35 posted on 05/14/2011 10:12:43 AM PDT by Volunteer (Though I know that the hypnotized never lie, do ya? - The Who)
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To: eclecticEel

“... where do we fit on the spectrum?”

(post 27) If you are drinking regular Dr. Pepper then you aren’t voluptuous. There, you fit into a spectrum. LOL


36 posted on 05/14/2011 10:13:07 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: raccoonradio
Wife drinks diet Coke, I drink Dr. Pepper. I guess there maaaay be a couple of you Pepsi drinkers out there not drinking the Obama Koolade ;-)
37 posted on 05/14/2011 10:13:07 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: raccoonradio
Which drink dumped its 99 year old successful formula?

A)Coke

B)Pepsi

Wikipedia:
>>Ads for New Coke were booed heavily when they appeared on the scoreboard at the Houston Astrodome. Even Fidel Castro, a longtime Coke drinker, contributed to the backlash, calling New Coke a sign of American capitalist decadence.

38 posted on 05/14/2011 10:13:26 AM PDT by raccoonradio (..)
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To: Fresh Wind

Thank you, that was quite interesting. :)


39 posted on 05/14/2011 10:16:28 AM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: smokingfrog

Well, when called for I’m a Coke drinker, I hate Pepsi, although I’m not much of a soft drink drinker anyway. But I sound more like I fit the demographics of a Pepsi drinker!


40 posted on 05/14/2011 10:18:02 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (Death to tyrants)
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To: x
Yeah but you're going back too far, before the Pepsi sell out and the CEO comparing the USA to the middle finger and in Texas where I live everything is Coke, even if it's Pepsi. In other words

"What kind of coke you drinkin?"

"Pepsi"

Unless of course you are drinking Dr. Pepper, then you call it by name.

But of course I'm just having fun, one of my best friends who is a right wing, small business owning, Christian republican drinks nothing but Pepsi. Damn Communist

41 posted on 05/14/2011 10:18:40 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: dainbramaged

42 posted on 05/14/2011 10:19:11 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: smokingfrog
I would suppose the preferences vs democraphic/social makeup for a survey question like this would be as varied as their are people in the country.

Surveys seem to have a side-effect of labeling people. If you see someone drinking or buying Pepsi it could be that Pepsi is on sale this week. Our grocery store alternates between sales on Pepsi and Coke...I've never seen them both on sale at the same time - I think it's price fixing.

Seriously, I've been drinking sodas since about 1947, and Pepsi IS sweeter, or more "syrupy" than Coke. When I was a teenager, I preferred Pepsi...but after I got grown I've always preferred Coca-Cola.

I get a 12-pk of Big-K for a little over a buck, and Cokes and Pepsi seem to range somewhere between 3.50 and 4.00 bucks for a 12-pack. To an old soda drinker like me who saw Cokes go from 5-cents, to 6-cents, to a dime, fifteen, a quarter and beyond...I just cannot bring myself to pay $4 for a 12-pack when Big-K (to me) is much cheaper and just as good.
43 posted on 05/14/2011 10:21:28 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

44 posted on 05/14/2011 10:23:33 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Kickass Conservative

I agree that there has been a change in taste over the years. Early on I came to like PEPSI in a glass bottle. (Remember HIRES Root Beer?)


45 posted on 05/14/2011 10:23:40 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: cetarist; smokingfrog

>>I drink coke and never been to an art gallery, so there!<<

Yeah, but you’ve got that high falutin attitude. /s


47 posted on 05/14/2011 10:25:30 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing to America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are..)
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To: smokingfrog

Coke has more bite; Pepsi is too sweet.


48 posted on 05/14/2011 10:25:44 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: smokingfrog

Quite the soda fountain. :)


49 posted on 05/14/2011 10:26:12 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Fresh Wind
You probably know that Coca-Cola got its start early in the 1900s in Pharmacy and small department store lunch counters in the South. Besides lemonade or tea, a “Coke” was about the only soft drink available.

To reach more of the public, it began to be bottled and distributed through general stores in a 6 1/2 oz. bottle.

Competitors emerged, and Pepsi began to compete at labor intensive work site lunch counters in hot climates with its ten oz. serving. It offered more cool beverage and sugar for the same price.

Therefore, the brand of drink took on a class distinction in the South, which is reflected today by ordering by brand. Other locations, North and West simply saw the drinks as ‘pop’ or ‘soda’ without volume, taste, or origin discrimination.

50 posted on 05/14/2011 10:27:12 AM PDT by PeaRidge
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