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fusion
12-20-2005, 10:51 PM
Arby's has always allowed the franchisees to pick their beverage supplier, but now they've signed an exclusive agreement with Pepsi. They will also feature Dr Pepper from Cadbury.

The franchises around me serve Coke, but the ones downstate (different franchisee) serve Pepsi.

No specific info on when they will switch.

Dr. Galaga
12-20-2005, 10:57 PM
Hmmmm, around here they have always sold Pepsi products.

Nick Laugher
12-20-2005, 11:10 PM
same with here.

Mr Zabe
12-20-2005, 11:35 PM
Well..I don't usually eat at Arby's but I prefer Pepsi fountain drinks over coke. So,now that I know they now serve Pepsi and Dr, I might stop by for a cold one. In my parts Coke has most of the fast food business.

ramonazo
12-20-2005, 11:41 PM
There's no Arby's in my town... :( only in Mexico City...

[ 12-20-2005, 11:54 PM: Message edited by: Ramón Coca-Colero ]

Mello Yello Luver
12-21-2005, 12:31 AM
They have Coke here in PA, but I guess that will change soon.

RunWithDaLilGuy
12-21-2005, 01:49 AM
all arby's in michigan are coke...

JACK
12-21-2005, 02:43 AM
Even BETTER news...diet Dr Pepper is an optional brand.

so the question is where will coke go with all the Arbys money and buy some business.

When Pepsi lost Subway, they just took all that cash and went and bought Quizno's business.

SURGE
12-21-2005, 04:09 AM
The real pain here is for DPSU who actually had some albeit rare success getting into Arby's fountains. Suppose the uniformity will help Arby's in the end though.

halloaaryn
12-21-2005, 07:18 AM
YES!!!! The more places that I can find Pepsi, the better!

karks88
12-21-2005, 08:14 AM
Our local Arby's had Coke. I usually stop by the drive-thru once in awhile but I never get a drink since I am usually on my way home.

Irishpepsi04
12-21-2005, 07:10 PM
Originally posted by fusion:
Arby's has always allowed the franchisees to pick their beverage supplier, but now they've signed an exclusive agreement with Pepsi. They will also feature Dr Pepper from Cadbury.

The franchises around me serve Coke, but the ones downstate (different franchisee) serve Pepsi.

No specific info on when they will switch. Here in Washington state, Pierce County (Tacoma) Arby's have Pepsi in most of Arby's and King County (Seattle) Arby's have Coke. Does that mean Arby's would have to kick Coke out of the door in King County since Arby's signed the agreement with Pepsi?

fusion
12-21-2005, 08:30 PM
Correct. I remember with Wendy's, they changed over the course of a few years, after Wendy's corporate offices signed a deal with Coke. Previously, they had a setup like Arby's - some had Coke, some had Pepsi.

sandwalker
12-21-2005, 11:33 PM
Wendy's can't be Coke nation wide because I know of some in NC that still serve Pepsi. Luckily they also have Cheerwine so I can actually drink something other than water.

If Arby's is switching completely to Pepsi and Dr. Pepper, i'm fine with that especially if they add Diet Dr Pepper. I know of way too many places around NC that only have Pepsi products (usually smaller local places) that I just avoid.

RunWithDaLilGuy
12-22-2005, 09:10 AM
most in michigan have pepsi - ones in detroit have coke.

JACK
12-22-2005, 11:35 AM
The real pain here is for DPSU who actually had some albeit rare success getting into Arby's fountains

I am confused by Surge's post here. How is it a pain for DPSU??
Rare success?? I find that interesting as well. But hey,what do I know.

Rob The SURGE Drinker
12-22-2005, 01:38 PM
damn, the arby's here in southern wisconsin was the only place i knew of that i could get fountain Pibb XTRA

The Truth
12-22-2005, 02:58 PM
Some Arbys still sold some RC products.

popcan.org
12-23-2005, 08:39 PM
Arby's in my area have always served Pepsi.

It's funny to see which fast food places have what type of product.

KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silvers is almost always Pepsi since they were all owned by the same people at one time.

McDonalds is almost always Coke - which I understand it is because at the time, their competitors (KFC, LJS, Taco Bell) were owned by Pepsi, so they did not want to put "money" into their pockets, so they are almost always Coke.

Then if I remember correctly, recently Subway signed a deal with Coke to serve their products - in return Coke helped Subway install toaster ovens to toast their subs.

In return, Quizno's subs switched to all pepsi since Coke make a deal with Subway to toast subs like they already serve.

All this is from memory, so I may be a little off on some of it... :)

fusion
12-23-2005, 10:19 PM
Pretty much correct, yes.

Pepsi owned KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut - so naturally the three served Pepsi. They then spun them off into a new company, called Tricon Global, who then renamed themselves Yum Brands after acquiring Long John Silvers and A&W Restaurants. A&Ws serve Pepsi + A&W (on the tap at the counter).

Yum has also been cobranding with Backyard Burgers.. I tried them when I was in Mississippi.. way, way overrated! I had high expectations for the burgers, based on the menu board and the prices.

SURGE
12-23-2005, 10:32 PM
Originally posted by JACK:
The real pain here is for DPSU who actually had some albeit rare success getting into Arby's fountains

I am confused by Surge's post here. How is it a pain for DPSU??
Rare success?? I find that interesting as well. But hey,what do I know. To clarify. What I meant is that Arby's is the only place that seems to have a chance of having a fair amount of DPSU fountain drinks via 3-rd Tier systems. Around here you never see these products in fountain unless it is at an Arby's. Things like Nehi and RC fountain are not avalible anywhere else around here exept for some Arby's. For that reason I think its a shame that those few 3rd-tier fountains will be replaced by Pepsi even if they maintain Dr. P.

fusion
12-24-2005, 07:12 AM
Well, that really is a shortcoming of the DPSU system. Little to no focus on fountain. They got whalloped when the old Pepsi restaurants dropped 7Up, and they seem to have to fight to keep Dr Pepper on tap.

I'd love to go in a chain restaurant (or any restaurant, for that matter!) and find Nehi on tap.

the saint
12-24-2005, 10:17 AM
I do not recall ever seeing a restaurant NOT having Dr Pepper on tap. Then again I do live in Dr Pepper country. :D The only place I have ever seen RC or Nehi on tap was at a BBQ place in either Denton or Gainsville Texas don't remember which.

SamC
12-24-2005, 11:52 AM
- Most restaurant chains, have special lifetime deals with some early franchisees, which permit them to do their own soda contracts and otherwise deviate from the standard programs, like the afformentioned eastern NC Wendy's.

- However the vast majority of chains sign contrats for a single soda nationwide. With the Arby's anouncement, I can only think of Dairy Queen as a major chain that varies from place to place.

- DPSU should really try to get in the fountain business. With RC, they have no reason they cannot provide a full-service. I remember some Shoney's used to have RC.

- The only places that do not have Dr Pepper in a fountain around here are the occasional all-Coke place that will have PIBB, and the ex-Pepsi owned places, which dumped Dr Pepper for Wild Cherry Pepsi a few years ago. Diet Dr Pepper is showing up in a few places as well.

- If I read the reports correctly, the bankers that took BK private are going to offer it to the stock market in 2006, which is also the year that its Coke contract runs out. The new management will be courted heavily by both companies. Remember the 80s.

- Pepsi, indeed, used to own Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and KFC, and one of its major bottlers also owned a big chain of mall based movie-plexes. A major part of Coke marketing to competitors was "why buy from this bunch that competes with you?" It worked greatly.

- My local theatre just got switched from Pepsi to KO. Small business, only theatre they own in this market. Pepsi stuff (coolers, fountains, racks, etc) just piled up outside the door and BIG add in the paper congratulating them on the switch from KO and CCBCC.

- Personally, I do not care for Pepsi. Just my personal preference. And I generally avoid chains that I know have Pepsi. I don't think Pepsi drinkers do the same, since Coke is so much more prevelant.

- Among the recent switches I have seen was Applebees to Pepsi, the afformentioned Subway-Quisnos debacle, and Pizzera Uno to Pepsi.

doug1885
12-26-2005, 02:55 PM
The two local Arby's (in Ithaca, NY) had an all-Pepsi lineup, along with Dr Pepper, until a few years ago, when they dropped Dr Pepper for one of the new Pepsi brands. At the time, they said it was a system change. Unfortunate, because the free-standing location had the best Dr Pepper in town (the other, at the mall food court, was just average). Since then I've only rarely been back, and just for the food.

I wonder if this means that Dr Pepper could come back....

-Doug

mjb1124
12-26-2005, 03:17 PM
Originally posted by SamC:
- Most restaurant chains, have special lifetime deals with some early franchisees, which permit them to do their own soda contracts and otherwise deviate from the standard programs, like the afformentioned eastern NC Wendy's. My university (Rutgers) recently switched their beverage contract from Coke to Pepsi, but the two on-campus Wendy's locations ended up staying with Coke for several months after the switch was everywhere else. Apparently there was a conflict between the Wendy's contract with Coke and the university's contract with Pepsi. The Wendy's locations finally made the switch about a month ago.

ramonazo
12-27-2005, 12:13 AM
Like here in Mexico... Subway instead of Coke sells Pepsi, and Church's Chicken sells Coke in some states (like here) and Pepsi in others (like Yucatan).

[ 12-27-2005, 12:15 AM: Message edited by: Ramón Coca-Colero ]

RunWithDaLilGuy
12-28-2005, 02:16 AM
Originally posted by mikibacsi1124:
My university (Rutgers) recently switched their beverage contract from Coke to Pepsi, but the two on-campus Wendy's locations ended up staying with Coke for several months after the switch was everywhere else. Apparently there was a conflict between the Wendy's contract with Coke and the university's contract with Pepsi. The Wendy's locations finally made the switch about a month ago. [/QB]do you ever eat at brower? they had such a good coke fountain selection. i mean, we're talking the depths of the coca-cola company's product line. pepsi just doesn't have that deep of a product line. all in all, pepsi's deep or "bench" products suck in comparison to coke's.

Christian Prickett
12-28-2005, 09:01 AM
The one Arbys across the street still serves RC and 3rd teir sodas. But I'm sure that will change in the next few months...

nick97
12-29-2005, 08:24 PM
Wow, that sucks for me. The Arby's Coke here is sooo delicious! Much better than even McDonalds and I absolutely love theirs as well.

fusion
12-29-2005, 08:26 PM
Hey Christian, any chance of getting a picture of that fountain? It sounds interesting!

Mr Zabe
12-29-2005, 08:27 PM
LOL
I had some McDonald's Coke yesterday while out and about. I agree with you and as I have said before, McDonalds foutain Coke rocks. YUM!

sirslash
12-30-2005, 01:41 AM
I think its more of a franchise owner then all, because i went to a few local arbys and they all have coke products... even inquired about it to a manager and they said "I'm quite sure we're not getting pepsi"

some franchise owners owns various stores...sooo i'll keep ya posted if it changes

MATHA531
12-30-2005, 01:57 AM
And Nathan's has always been coke...except say in the Orlando Airport where it serves Pepsi perhaps because that is a condition of its agreement with the Orland airport authority which seems to have an agreement to make Pepsi the only drink of the airport...but the Las Vegas airport seems to sell Pepsi everywhere too except at BK where it is coke...but then again I have yet to see a Mickey D anywhere in the US which serves anything but coke even if found in an airport that is pepsi....

It seems to me also that all of the Mandalay Bay properties in Las Vegas only serve Pepsi products (don't know about any of the Mickey D's in Circus Circus, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, Luxor or Mandalay Bay) but even before it's moronic decision to drop coke for pepsi, the Quiznos' in those properties served Pepsi products....just have to bring my own sodas to them now....(what I used to have to do with many of the pepsi product places and even some of the coke places before the demise of diet vanilla...although diet cherry is good for me too.

fusion
12-30-2005, 09:46 PM
Apparently the McD's inside of some Detroit sports arena sells Pepsi.. I remember that being posted here before.

ChrisPC
12-31-2005, 12:28 AM
The Arby's closest to me sells Pepsi, but most others in this area don't. It is up to the franchise owner, at least here. BTW, they said they won't always honor the other franchisee's coupons, since they have Coke in their ads.

sirslash
01-05-2006, 07:36 PM
checked today and its coke still

but for the first time the coupons don't show coke

RunWithDaLilGuy
01-07-2006, 11:06 PM
the McDonalds at Comerica Park - Where the Detroit Tigers play, is a Pepsi McDonalds per the stadium's authority. also, no Dr Pepper at all.

you guys talk about rights and changes...i thought you guys would find this interesting.

Coors is the official beer of the superbowl. the superbowl this year is in detroit at ford field. pepsi sponsors both the lions and the nfl, but the beer sponsor is budweiser, with several taps devoted to Labatt Blue from canada. Most, if not all of the taps that Anheuser owns during the regular season are being changed to Coors/Coors Light for the superbowl, with killians and blue moon playing a lesser role, and Zima being the official malternative/flavored malt beverage instead of Mike's Hard Lemonade.

I also met a lass who worked for pepsi this past summer and went around with superiors selling in pepsi on-premise accounts (bars, indie restaurants) to change themover from coke because of all the pepsi people in town for the all-star game.

RockandRollFan
01-09-2006, 03:37 PM
Now I have a valid reason NOT to go to Arby's anymore tongue.gif

sirslash
01-31-2006, 04:19 AM
still coke at the 2 arbys by me

CStoreCatMan
01-31-2006, 02:56 PM
Originally posted by MATHA531:

It seems to me also that all of the Mandalay Bay properties in Las Vegas only serve Pepsi products (don't know about any of the Mickey D's in Circus Circus, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, Luxor or Mandalay Bay) but even before it's moronic decision to drop coke for pepsi, the Quiznos' in those properties served Pepsi products....just have to bring my own sodas to them now....(what I used to have to do with many of the pepsi product places and even some of the coke places before the demise of diet vanilla...although diet cherry is good for me too. Yes...Mandalay Resort Group owns Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay, Paris, Bally's, and some other large casinos. The resort group contracts with Pepsi - therfore all of their casinos follow suit. Pepsi has recently taken Caesars Palace away from Coke as well.

ramonazo
01-31-2006, 04:48 PM
Originally posted by CStoreCatMan:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by MATHA531:

It seems to me also that all of the Mandalay Bay properties in Las Vegas only serve Pepsi products (don't know about any of the Mickey D's in Circus Circus, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, Luxor or Mandalay Bay) but even before it's moronic decision to drop coke for pepsi, the Quiznos' in those properties served Pepsi products....just have to bring my own sodas to them now....(what I used to have to do with many of the pepsi product places and even some of the coke places before the demise of diet vanilla...although diet cherry is good for me too. Yes...Mandalay Resort Group owns Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay, Paris, Bally's, and some other large casinos. The resort group contracts with Pepsi - therfore all of their casinos follow suit. Pepsi has recently taken Caesars Palace away from Coke as well. </font>[/QUOTE]You're right... I saw that... :D

About Caesars Palace... I remember that when I went to the restrooms of the Caesars Mall there was a Coke vending machine there, and I bought one there because I was thirsty smile.gif ...

[ 01-31-2006, 04:49 PM: Message edited by: Ramón Coca-Colero ]

ramonazo
01-31-2006, 04:58 PM
This thing of switching Pepsi for Coke or viceversa is very common in Mexico, even in the little restaurants and food stands in Mexico... I saw a lot of cases, years ago it was more common to see restaurants switching Coke to Pepsi, but now there are more restaurants switching Pepsi to Coke.

One example was in 2003 when Cinepolis (http://www.cinepolis.com.mx/Asp/Promociones/combos.asp), a cinema theatre chain, after many years of serving Pepsi, started to serve Coke, while Cinemex (http://www.cinemex.com.mx/cinemex/instalaciones.php#), another cinema chain, that during eight years served Coke, switched to Pepsi... in fact Cinemex is the only cinema theatre chain that serves Pepsi in Mexico, the rest (Cinepolis, Cinemark, Lumiere, Multimax, MMCinemas, Henry, etc.) serves Coke.

[ 01-31-2006, 05:08 PM: Message edited by: Ramón Coca-Colero ]

MATHA531
01-31-2006, 10:41 PM
Well let's see...Knotts Berry Farm for a long time was pepsi switched for a little while to coke and is now back to pepsi....universal studios is coke...sea world parks is pepsi....as are the other Anhauser Busch parks in Williamsburg and Tampa...but Disney has remained steadfastly coke thank goodness (although there was a time a while ago when Disneyland sold both pepsi and coke in various places)...interestingly was just in London and the subways there are still serving pepsi.

SamC
02-01-2006, 07:04 AM
Movies - At one time there was a movieplex chain called General Cinema, which was the same corportation as Pepsi-Cola General Bottling. As it did with PepsiCo's restaurant division, KO's sales people successfully used the "why buy from your comptetor" line very successfully. The company sold its movie business and its bottling business off several years ago.

Disney - As I understand it, Coke insulted Disney. It had a pretty standard deal with its ammusement parks for promotion. Co-payed billboards, can labels, and so on . Made that deal with Universal. Nothing with Disney. Coke felt that Disney was a "national" level account, and Disney felt it was entitled to the same help in Central Florida and SoCal as Universal. They worked it out, but several Coke execs got the axe.

ramonazo
02-01-2006, 10:35 AM
Originally posted by SamC:
Movies - At one time there was a movieplex chain called General Cinema, which was the same corportation as Pepsi-Cola General Bottling. As it did with PepsiCo's restaurant division, KO's sales people successfully used the "why buy from your comptetor" line very successfully. The company sold its movie business and its bottling business off several years ago.Here in my town we had a United Artists cinema, and they served Coke, but later they changed the name to General Cinema, and they switched to Pepsi (now I know why they did that), but at the end they changed the name again as MMCinemas (http://www.mmcinemas.com) (property of a media group in Monterrey called Multimedios (http://www.mutlimedios.com.mx)), and they returned with Coke.

[ 02-01-2006, 10:37 AM: Message edited by: Ramón Coca-Colero ]

fusion
07-04-2006, 03:57 PM
Arby's now has Pepsi in the stores around where I live. I hadn't been in a while, and I had forgotten that Arby's was switching.. So, in I go with a Coke t-shirt on (I had just gotten off of work).

Oops!

This was the location that I used to mix Cherry Coke and Vanilla Coke at the fountain. It's a big fountain, so plenty of room for extra selections.

They had Dr Pepper and Diet Dr Pepper. Tropicana Lemonade and Fruit Punch. Mug, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and Sierra Mist. I think that may be it.

Mr Zabe
07-04-2006, 04:27 PM
I like that line up except for the S.M.LOL

Having Tropicana Lemonade and Fruit Punch is a nice offering. I have never seen Diet DrP on any fountain. That's very cool. I bet it's a popular choice for Arby's customers.

[ 07-04-2006, 04:28 PM: Message edited by: Mr Zabe ]

Ram0n C0keah0lic
07-04-2006, 05:56 PM
Originally posted by fusion:
Arby's now has Pepsi in the stores around where I live. I hadn't been in a while, and I had forgotten that Arby's was switching.. So, in I go with a Coke t-shirt on (I had just gotten off of work).

Oops!IMO... that thing you did was awesome! :D It should make Arby's remember who's the No. 1... :D

David J.
07-05-2006, 01:31 AM
The Wendy's in my area still serve Pepsi, and it seems they will for a LONG time. I love their mountain dew from the fountain. Now, was Wendys a company that gave their franchises a choice to pick their beverage supplier? Some people never saw Pepsi or Coke at their Wendys.

But then again the local BK's served Pepsi until '94, well the one I worked at, according to one of my managers. I swore it was only from '83-'87, according to info on the net, but she started 10/31/88. Go figure. She is a cool manager.

Argh, I hate fast food, but a struggling college student must have some money! :(

Tahitian Treat
07-22-2006, 02:58 PM
In Cincinnati Arbys was always Pepsi, but about 5 years ago, they dropped Dr. Pepper and put in Cherry Pepsi. Wendy's had Dr. Pepper for years, but dropped it for Mr Pibb. Then, wonder of wonders, McDonalds picked up Dr. Pepper.

Rob The SURGE Drinker
07-23-2006, 10:54 PM
Originally posted by David J,:


But then again the local BK's served Pepsi until '94, well the one I worked at, according to one of my managers. in an olde abandoned shed on my grandparents lot, i found an old Burger King plastic cup, with a lid that has a hole in it for a straw. its not like a disposable cup either. but anyways, it has burger king, pepsi, and a local radio stations logos on it. also, both of our local arbys have coke stuff. (their pibb is good, i dont want to see it go)

BRH
08-25-2006, 11:49 AM
Sounds good to me. Pepsi has always been my favorite anyway, and in my area, almost all fast food franchises seem to choose Coke (except for the Yum Inc. ones like Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut). Any increase in Pepsi being available at fountains is definately a plus in my book. I always choose Pepsi if it is available, and it it is a Coke fountain, I will typically choose Dr. Pepper as my choice if it is available (which it usually is).