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skroughriders
01-01-2011, 10:25 PM
Story time!

This past summer, I made a trip to lovely North Dakota to shop. Now, being a Canadian, I had to visit an American grocery store because, well... they have an incredible variety of things that we cannot buy here in Canada for whatever reason. In the soft drink aisle, I saw Wild Cherry Pepsi and Cherry Coke, drinks that have long been non-existant in the Canadian soft drink world. Of course, I bought them, brought them back to Canada, and drank them (though I tried to consume them as slow as I could... for special occasions!) They were delicious.

Now my question(s)... Why the heck are these no longer sold in Canada? It seems that a lot of Canadians have a fondness for cherry flavoured beverages. Is it something to do with the lack of HFCS in Canada? Lack of demand?

How can I contact Pepsi/Coke and profess my frustrations with the lack of selection in Canada?

Lots of questions, I know... But it is really frustrating not being able to enjoy something that is so common in other parts of the world.

Thanks!

fusion
01-01-2011, 11:49 PM
Probably lack of demand.

Not the lack of HFCS, because Cherry Coke is made with sucrose in Bethlehem Pennsylvania and Cleveland Ohio here in the US. And it's awesome.

You could pick up some cherry Torani or DaVinci syrup (commonly used by coffeehouses to flavor drinks - not sure if those brands are sold in Canada, but I bet you'd find something similar), and mix that in some Coke. I put the Torani vanilla syrup in Coke a long time ago, it came out pretty darn good.

newCOKEcanuck
01-02-2011, 09:26 AM
In Canada it is a must(by laws) that sodas have at least 50% or more real sugar(any real sugars of choice not just cane sugars) in thier products and that is part of the reason why there is a limited number of soft drinks supplied in the Canadian market as well as our population base. Their is less profit in Canada for soda makers mainly Pepsi and Coke even though they have big pockets they still have a bottom line like everyone else. I live in Alberta, Canada and i wish to god we would get so many more as i am a soda lover like all us here on this site. It is so frustrating not to have sodas released in Canada when they are just kilometers away on the same continent. HFCS is a terrible product that kills the products taste and quality. HFCS converts inside our bodies like a transfat substance chemically and is causing significant rising rates of diabetes in the USA and now Canada where in all other parts of the world HFCS is not allowed in products sold due to severe health defects. This is why Canada limits the use of HFCS and is why there is a bill to rid Canada and ban the use of HFCS in Canada completely. You can actually taste the difference if you buy a can or bottle of american Coca-Cola and buy a can or bottle of Canadian Coca-Cola, completely different as Canadian is so much better/crisper and is more of the original tasteing Coke that is used to be. US Coca-Cola has 100% HFCS in all US states and depending which bottler in Canada, Canadian Coca-Cola has at least 50% or more real sugar. Rarly Pepsi in the USA has real sugar in(they too have 100% HFCS which weakens the taste) it depending on the bottlers and i am not talking about the special editions Pepsi Throwback which is completely different. Generally Canadian Pepsi taste better too due to our high real sugar content which we have always had. I wish we had Pepsi Throwback which uses 100% cane sugar which they used to use back originally in the day and has been a great success for Pepsi and will be a permanent extension in some parts of the US is the rumors but at a premium price maybe. Wish we had some here but i'll gladly keep what we have than 100%HFCS cause that is gross and deadly. I hope we pass that bill soon that outlaws HFCS completely so we can have 100% sugar again, that would be so sweet and i do not care if we get less products here if they do. I'd rather have well i cannot say soda is at all healthy but i can say wholesome and true than poison, that it is currently going. What is Pepsi Next, some new evoulutionary healthy non-chemical laden soda? The advertising is hyping it that way anyways?

pepsiguy383
01-02-2011, 01:43 PM
Having a route in northern North Dakota and being a merchandiser at the big-chain stores on the weekends, we go through a ton of cherry Pepsi. You can literally watch it fly off the shelves. Mainly Canadian shoppers saying that they can't get it in Canada. I've also heard that they can't get Diet Dew? Is this true? Whether they can or not, you Canadians are certainly giving me job security :)

Themaster73
01-02-2011, 05:36 PM
American Pepsi is not 100% HFCS (except for Cherry Vanilla).
US Pepsi does have some sugar in it after Caramel Color.

FilmKrew
01-06-2011, 11:12 PM
Hey Mr. RoughRiders - I am from Canada (GTA) and also wish we had access to the variety of flavours availalble in the U.S. Luckily, I'm less than an hour from the border so I do make trips and stock up on pop. Recently, I actually e-mailed Pepsi about the distribution differences. Here is the response:

Due to the differences in market patterns and consumer preferences, PepsiCo Canada does not necessarily market all the products sold by our U.S. parent company.

Your requests have been forwarded to Marketing for future consideration as we do continually review products that are available in the U.S. to assess further sales potential in Canada.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Regards,
Sincerely,


Lawrence Jabbonsky
PepsiCo Consumer Relations

..:: PEPSI® ::.. (http://www.pepsi.ca)

So apparently, there isn't enough of a market to support bringing back all those old (and new) flavours. Lately, Pepsi Lime and diet Pepsi Lime made a return so hopefully Pepsi Wild Cherry and all that stuff eventually comes back in.

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Shootmaster_44
01-26-2011, 11:19 PM
Wild Cherry Pepsi is generally the one thing I always bring back from Minot. I always like going to the US during the Summer because they always have the LTO "summer" flavours of things you can't get in Canada anymore.

On this note, is Red Alert Mountain Dew still available in the US?

halloaaryn
01-27-2011, 08:49 AM
On this note, is Red Alert Mountain Dew still available in the US?

MTN DEW Code Red is available.....

Shootmaster_44
01-29-2011, 08:30 PM
MTN DEW Code Red is available.....

Oh man. I need to do a roadtrip to the US very soon then. Is it widely available or am I going to be searching supermarkets and bigbox retailers in Montana for it?

newCOKEcanuck
02-01-2011, 03:17 AM
Mountain Dew Code Red is available all over Montanna and if you are crossing the border in Milk River then the first town will be Shelby Montanna where they have a small Albertsons grocery store. That store has all the best sodas for Coke or Pepsi products and other drinks too and they have a great amount of stock of all flavours. MTN DEW is so popular in the state they have all the flavor extensons like diet, diet caffiene free, Voltage, White Out, diet Code Red. Live Wire is not available. Plus montanna does not charge any deposit fees and there is no state taxes to pay so soda(pop) is cheap and make sure when you get to the cashier to pay for your stash, that you ask for the Albertsons Price Discount Card key tag as it is free to all people so you can get those great sale prices. I have been traveling across the Montanna border for over a decade and have been getting tons of soda at the same time and price wise, yes the city of Great Falls does have the big box stores like Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart but i found Albertsons is always best and you can get all your traveling done and if you are going back home through the same route then get all your sodas last in Shelby at the Albertsons. There is a good sized truckstop called Exxon"TownPump" where you can find any snack foods, chocolate bars, beers plus you can usually find 20oz(591ml) bottles of Pepsi and Coke product flavors that you cannot find in the stores. There is a resturaunt on one side and a casino on another side of the truckstop Exxon"TownPump" of which the food is good like a diner type foods plus a Subway if you wanna healthy choice. If you need a place to stay then The Inn between the PizzaHut and the truckstop overflow parking lot and a Bar. Enjoy your sodas, i wish i could go down there more, its been so long since i have been down there aswell, it sucks. I do like code red and want to try White Out, Cherry Vanilla Pepsi and Wild Cherry Pepsi. Do you know that Canada had tested Mountain Dew Code Red over ten years ago before the USA ever got it and was on the alberta shelves and was then marketed all over Canada for about a year before it was gone for good. The USA then got it when Canada dropped it and has not had it back ever again for some reason.

newCOKEcanuck
02-01-2011, 03:51 AM
Plus i wanted to mention i did speak with a Pepsi Rep, he said that in Canada Pepsi Lime products have been doing quite well and will be staying on for now. He has heard that this summers product will be Cherry Pepsi/Diet Cherry Pepsi will be out in Canada where Pepsi Lime/Diet Pepsi Lime might still be continued. He did mention Throwback Pepsi but never gave me a date on that as i spoke to him a couple weeks ago, but it is out in the stores NOW! I WANT PEPSI NEXT!!! NOW!!!

Shootmaster_44
02-01-2011, 11:16 AM
Mountain Dew Code Red is available all over Montanna and if you are crossing the border in Milk River then the first town will be Shelby Montanna where they have a small Albertsons grocery store. That store has all the best sodas for Coke or Pepsi products and other drinks too and they have a great amount of stock of all flavours. MTN DEW is so popular in the state they have all the flavor extensons like diet, diet caffiene free, Voltage, White Out, diet Code Red. Live Wire is not available. Plus montanna does not charge any deposit fees and there is no state taxes to pay so soda(pop) is cheap and make sure when you get to the cashier to pay for your stash, that you ask for the Albertsons Price Discount Card key tag as it is free to all people so you can get those great sale prices. I have been traveling across the Montanna border for over a decade and have been getting tons of soda at the same time and price wise, yes the city of Great Falls does have the big box stores like Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart but i found Albertsons is always best and you can get all your traveling done and if you are going back home through the same route then get all your sodas last in Shelby at the Albertsons. There is a good sized truckstop called Exxon"TownPump" where you can find any snack foods, chocolate bars, beers plus you can usually find 20oz(591ml) bottles of Pepsi and Coke product flavors that you cannot find in the stores. There is a resturaunt on one side and a casino on another side of the truckstop Exxon"TownPump" of which the food is good like a diner type foods plus a Subway if you wanna healthy choice. If you need a place to stay then The Inn between the PizzaHut and the truckstop overflow parking lot and a Bar. Enjoy your sodas, i wish i could go down there more, its been so long since i have been down there aswell, it sucks. I do like code red and want to try White Out, Cherry Vanilla Pepsi and Wild Cherry Pepsi. Do you know that Canada had tested Mountain Dew Code Red over ten years ago before the USA ever got it and was on the alberta shelves and was then marketed all over Canada for about a year before it was gone for good. The USA then got it when Canada dropped it and has not had it back ever again for some reason.

Thanks for the info. I used to get Code Red Mountain Dew at Taco Bell when I lived in Toronto. I always found that adding a shot of Dr. Pepper to it was fantastic. Looks like a roadtrip is in order. For it to be completely legal, I have to stay 24 hours in the US right or does pop qualify under a NAFTA exemption? I know the US border isn't a super long drive from Calgary. So I could spend a weekend in Calgary and head down to Shelby and come back the same day.

newCOKEcanuck
02-02-2011, 03:34 AM
You could go to Shelby and come back the same day but it is a long day if you do that leave early as it will take about 4.5 hours to the border from Calgary. If you want to bring back any cigs or booze from duty free then you are limited to like one carton and one bottle of booze and do not bother with their ****ty watered down beer. You are practically unlimited when buying soda but it is basically $75.00US in groceries as they call it due to you being less than 24 houres. If you don't buy any booze or cigs and just say i am bringing back soda pop because you are a soda pop freak as i always say to the Canadian border patrol, they just look at you and ask you are you serious sir? I say yes but i also iam down there for days as i travel and not houres like you might be. They just have always let me go and i have never had to stop or claim anything. If you keep it clean you will probably be told to just move on unless you get other stuff in less than a day. Have a good trip!

GenesisWildCherry
02-13-2011, 12:09 AM
He has heard that this summers product will be Cherry Pepsi/Diet Cherry Pepsi will be out in Canada where Pepsi Lime/Diet Pepsi Lime might still be continued.

Oh please, let that be true. Cherry Pepsi is my fave Pepsi out of all of them, and I need it NAO. I'd kill to get it on this side of the border. I hope you and this dude aren't just BS'ing. Glad to hear they might keep Lime. It's awesome.

ATownAndrew
02-28-2011, 02:16 PM
When I was in Vancouver last November, I bought a 10-pack of Fanta Tangerine it was very good. I wish we had Fanta Tangerine here in California (w/ the same Canadian formula).

ATownAndrew
02-28-2011, 02:19 PM
When I was in Vancouver, BC last November for 2 nights/3 days got to try some Canadian sodas. I bought some 10-pack cans (most flavors came in 12 packs but the ones I wanted came in 10 packs for the same price) of Fanta Tangerine, Fanta Cream Soda, and Canada Dry Raspberry White Tea Ginger Ale to take back with me to California (I came by car). I also tried C Plus Orange Soda (made by Coke w/ Sunkist orange juice), Crush Cream Soda, and the Canadian versions of Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale, Fanta Grape, Fresca, and Pepsi Lime while I was there. I noticed the Mountain Dew there had caffeine in it so maybe the laws changed? Didn't bother trying it as it seemed exactly the same as the US version and I didn't have time to try everything. The Fanta Tangerine went lightning quick at my house back home - it was excellent. I still have a couple of cans each of the Fanta Cream Soda and the CD Raspberry White Tea Ginger Ale. I was expecting more Canada Dry flavors in Canada, but the only ones I saw in Vancouver were regular and diet Ginger Ale, Green Tea Ginger Ale, and Raspberry White Tea Ginger Ale. The only one of those I can't get here is the Raspberry White Tea one. I didn't pay attention to see if they had Canada Dry Club Soda and Tonic Water there but assume they do. I checked Safeway, Save-On Foods, 7-11, London Drugs, and a few other grocery/drug/convenience stores while I was there.

GenesisWildCherry
03-12-2011, 11:34 PM
So, Newcokecanuck, what's the status on Cherry Pepsi?

And I want Vanilla Coke back, that stuff rocked. And Coke is just dumb not to relaunch Cherry Coke here. :P Always so quick to assume it won't sell. What is it with Canada that always screams out "CHEAP, TIRED SELECTION!"??

Anyway, it's a shame. Throwback is slowly disappearing from my shelves, trying to stock up on it as much as I can. Glad Lime is still kicking, though. :D That Pepsi is awesome. Does anyone know if the States have Lime too? I don't know, really.

I want that g--damn Cherry Pepsi, damn it. D:

SodaFan16
03-13-2011, 12:52 PM
So, Newcokecanuck, what's the status on Cherry Pepsi?

And I want Vanilla Coke back, that stuff rocked. And Coke is just dumb not to relaunch Cherry Coke here. :P Always so quick to assume it won't sell. What is it with Canada that always screams out "CHEAP, TIRED SELECTION!"??

Anyway, it's a shame. Throwback is slowly disappearing from my shelves, trying to stock up on it as much as I can. Glad Lime is still kicking, though. :D That Pepsi is awesome. Does anyone know if the States have Lime too? I don't know, really.

I want that g--damn Cherry Pepsi, damn it. D:

We have Diet Lime Pepsi.

GenesisWildCherry
03-14-2011, 12:07 AM
We have Diet Lime Pepsi.

Not regular?

Well f---that, you guys get cherry. D:

SodaFan16
03-14-2011, 12:20 AM
Not regular?

Well f---that, you guys get cherry. D:

No Regular Lime.

Wild Cherry Pepsi is awesome.

fusion
03-14-2011, 12:21 AM
I think you guys are making mountains out of molehills. Just buy yourself some syrup, and add it to your Pepsi. I find the vanilla syrup makes a much better Vanilla Coke than buying a Vanilla Coke does.

I don't know about in Canada, but the syrups are pretty easy to find here. Look in the coffee section in the grocery store, or at a coffee shop, or at one of those in-store coffee kiosks. You're bound to find them somewhere. Mail order is another option, but that can get expensive.

Also, the grass isn't always greener on the other side. There are some things that are in Canada, and some things that are in the US. I'd like to try some of those unusual (to me) Fanta or Crush flavors, the white tea ginger ale, Fruitopia, stuff like that. Just like you're like to try some stuff that's only sold here. The same old same old gets boring after a while. Not too much originality these days, it seems. Especially from the big guys. The little guys seem to be the innovators.

Coke seems to be focusing on non-carbs these days, along with energy drinks. Pepsi is pushing their throwback drinks, and countless variations of Dew. DPS doesn't seem to be doing anything groundbreaking these days, either. Cherry Dr Pepper sales overall have far exceeded those of Cherry Vanilla, so look for 20/24 packs of it to start showing up at some point. I think DPS at this point is mainly focusing on the brands they got back from Coke & Pepsi, and getting them into stores.

GenesisWildCherry
03-14-2011, 08:31 PM
Dude, the syrup gets expensive after a while, and it normally doesn't taste the same. At all.

And agreed, it does get boring after a while. Lime, I never get tired of, though. The best flavor after WCP. Sadly, Canada's not known for selection, especially not pop. So there's even less of the "same old" than down there.

I hope to see that Cherry DP up here sometime. :/

But no matter what, gimme my Wild Cherry Pepsi. It's all that matters to me, soda wise..

Shootmaster_44
03-16-2011, 11:42 AM
I had heard on a Saskatchewan Roughriders board that Cherry Dr. Pepper is now available in Canada. People were reporting seeing it in BC. Is it officially confirmed that it is rolling out nationwide?

GenesisWildCherry
03-19-2011, 07:49 PM
Speaking of cherry drinks, I've spotted Cherry Crush at a local convenience store! I tasted it and it's delicious! :) If anyone wants a picture, ask! :D

SodaFan16
03-19-2011, 08:51 PM
Speaking of cherry drinks, I've spotted Cherry Crush at a local convenience store! I tasted it and it's delicious! :) If anyone wants a picture, ask! :D

Cherry Crush is really good. Strong cherry flavor.

GenesisWildCherry
03-19-2011, 10:54 PM
Agreed. I love it to friggin' death, and I DEFINITELY intend to get more. :)

And I intend to mix it with Pepsi until I can get my Wild Cherry Pepsi fix.

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w271/T_C_Rhade/th_IMAG0033.jpg (http://s178.photobucket.com/albums/w271/T_C_Rhade/?action=view&current=IMAG0033.jpg)

SodaFan16
03-20-2011, 12:16 AM
Is it the first time you've tried Cherry Crush?

GenesisWildCherry
03-20-2011, 05:42 PM
You betcha, mate! They also had a case of 12 with a best-before date of May 11th, 2011... but strangely, NO other retailer has it here.

I just got more, as planned, and I'm gonna try it in Pepsi. Should be good!

EDIT: May not be relevant, but Cherry Dr. Pepper is out, and pretty damn good. <3

GenesisWildCherry
04-19-2011, 11:47 PM
GAIZ!

WCP is coming in May! :D

FilmKrew
04-20-2011, 08:45 PM
You betcha, mate! They also had a case of 12 with a best-before date of May 11th, 2011... but strangely, NO other retailer has it here.

I just got more, as planned, and I'm gonna try it in Pepsi. Should be good!

EDIT: May not be relevant, but Cherry Dr. Pepper is out, and pretty damn good. <3

Hey, where did you find it? I haven't been seeing it anywhere here in GTA.

newCOKEcanuck
04-20-2011, 09:21 PM
You are confused by the post "FilmKrew", as you will find nothing in the GTA or Canada right now. As i have posted earlier this week Wild Cherry Pepsi will be released in Canada sometime after this next month mid may, with full stocks in june through all summer months.

GenesisWildCherry
04-20-2011, 09:35 PM
He was referring to my Cherry Crush post.

FilmKrew
04-21-2011, 05:57 PM
Yeah, I quoted GenesisWildCherry.

newCOKEcanuck
04-23-2011, 05:01 PM
Hey "GenesisWildCherry" and "FilmKrew" just in case you would like to know i was at my local 7-Eleven, as the Macs stores are on the other side of where i live of course but i like my "sev" as i call it, lol! Anyways they have Cherry Crush slurpees right now and i think i did see them at Macs too once and awhile. Usually all sevs are alike so ask your sev if they have the Cherry Crush slurpee mix available as you want it. I like my sev as i can go in there and ask them what flavours they can order for slurpees and i will ask them to bring in certain ones, but i have been going to mine since it was built and i was 7 years old. I do have my own place that just happens to be in the area where i grew up, lol! No mom an dad and basement for me kinda thing, lol!

Mr Zabe
04-23-2011, 08:18 PM
FilmKrew....Your blog and pictures are very cool. Nice presentation. :) I enjoyed the Cherry Pepsi picture. The wild cherry from the 80's is by far my favorite design.

GenesisWildCherry
04-23-2011, 10:42 PM
Hey FilmKrew... I recall seeing your blog before. :) Awesome pictures you have. Especially the Wild Cherry Pepsi picture. LOL

And I'll try Macs since there's no 7-11 in Quebec. :( I wanna get out of this damn province so bad.

FilmKrew
04-24-2011, 04:38 PM
Mr Zabe and GenesisWildCherry - Thanks, I'm glad you like the blog. Yeah, I'm a fan of the Cherry Pepsi designs along with the taste as well. :)

newCOKEcanuck - I think there is one 7-Eleven in my vicinity. I'll have a check down there. They always have interesting stuff. Last time I was there was to pick up "Buzz" Cola during the promotion for The Simpsons movie. Thanks.

GenesisWildCherry
04-24-2011, 08:23 PM
No soda rocks as much as Wild Cherry Pepsi, it's that simple! ;)

sublimecitrus
04-29-2011, 01:08 AM
Has pepsi made any official announcement about this yet? I'm pumped, as I love cherry pepsi.

GenesisWildCherry
04-29-2011, 05:05 PM
I'm pumped too, it's my fave!

And no, I'm just taking NCC's word for it. Just his Pepsi representative. I bet it's gonna be announced soon as he said that Pepsi would make a huge push for it.

sublimecitrus
05-09-2011, 03:04 PM
As per Pepsi Canada's twitter feed, there is a major announcement coming at 3PM EST tomorrow.

Now let me guess... Wild Cherry Pepsi?

GenesisWildCherry
05-09-2011, 07:46 PM
I. Sure. Hope. So!

And they better not leave out Quebec. >.>

sublimecitrus
05-09-2011, 09:13 PM
I. Sure. Hope. So!

And they better not leave out Quebec. >.>

Just out of curiosity, since I'm going to be living in Quebec for 5 weeks in June-July... but you mentioned that they better not leave out Quebec... Does Quebec get "missed" when it comes to certain products that the rest of Canada gets? Likewise, does Quebec get a lot of different products that the rest of Canada doesn't get?

GenesisWildCherry
05-09-2011, 11:49 PM
Well, we don't have Lime Coke or Lime Crush here. But we got Cherry Dr Pepper, so my attitude for now is wait and see.

Wow... what an overhyped piece of crap that announcement was. No Wild Cherry on the horizon. Damn!

newCOKEcanuck
05-18-2011, 02:36 AM
What the hell does that mean, "no wild cherry on the horizon"? Mid may just started today and as i mentioned it is coming between mid may and early june sometime. Pepsi just started the rollout this week of Pepsi Throwback in 591ml bottles everywhere where cans and maybe 2L will be showing up in the coming days and back on shelves for good till october at least, depending on sales. Wild Cherry is coming just be patient already.

GenesisWildCherry
05-18-2011, 05:52 PM
It's just taking waaaaaaaay too long, this soda is the nectar of the gods!

sublimecitrus
05-18-2011, 06:16 PM
What the hell does that mean, "no wild cherry on the horizon"? Mid may just started today and as i mentioned it is coming between mid may and early june sometime. Pepsi just started the rollout this week of Pepsi Throwback in 591ml bottles everywhere where cans and maybe 2L will be showing up in the coming days and back on shelves for good till october at least, depending on sales. Wild Cherry is coming just be patient already.

Judging by how quick the roll-out was for the relaunch of Throwback, they could announce WCP tomorrow and it could be on the shelves next monday!

GenesisWildCherry
05-18-2011, 06:56 PM
I wish they would, after only 2 bottles last June in NJ, I'm still suffering from WCP withdrawal. :/

GenesisWildCherry
11-01-2011, 10:38 PM
So, any news on this? It would appear we got swindled, eh? November 2011, and NO sightings of WCP in Canada. :/

sublimecitrus
11-02-2011, 12:40 AM
So, any news on this? It would appear we got swindled, eh? November 2011, and NO sightings of WCP in Canada. :/

I e-mailed Pepsi about it and I got the standard "No interest in this time, but we will pass your interest on to marketing" reply.

It seems as if Pepsi Lime will be Canada's flavour variation on Pepsi for the time being.

I've also read that Coca Cola will not release Cherry Coke in Canada again because flavoured coke has been a poor seller up north. Sounds like we'll have to make our own cherry variations.

GenesisWildCherry
11-02-2011, 01:54 PM
I don't understand, if it's such a poor seller, why is there all this demand for it? :/

One would think the US Coke and Pepsi would notice all the Canadians buying the products they can't get here.

sublimecitrus
11-02-2011, 07:32 PM
I don't understand, if it's such a poor seller, why is there all this demand for it? :/

One would think the US Coke and Pepsi would notice all the Canadians buying the products they can't get here.

You'd think, but I have a feeling that Coke and Pepsi just worry about their standard products here. I would imagine that it's a pretty expensive venture to add new variations to a smaller market like Canada... and if it fails, it stings. There may also be governmental restrictions on what they can and cannot sell in Canada that might limit them to selling their regular cola products as opposed to cherry flavoured variations.

In the end it boils down to cash, and if they think it's going to lose money taking the plunge they won't do it.

I know it isn't the same, but 7-eleven has fountain machines that have flavoured syrups in them so you can add a cherry, vanilla, or lemon taste to your Pepsi/Diet Pepsi if you wish.

GenesisWildCherry
11-03-2011, 11:39 AM
Except Quebec sucks. Even less selection and no 7-elevens.

Canada's government needs to piss off and let us enjoy our tastes.

ATownAndrew
11-11-2011, 05:30 AM
Come down here and enjoy as much Pepsi Wild Cherry as you wish. And bring your healthcare with you;)

GenesisWildCherry
11-11-2011, 12:53 PM
Come down here and enjoy as much Pepsi Wild Cherry as you wish. And bring your healthcare with you;)

No, you invade us and bring Pepsi Wild Cherry with you. :P

fusion
11-17-2011, 08:48 PM
It's interesting to see how new items in the US seem to take a while to filter up to Canada, or never get there at all. I don't think (though I could be wrong) that the Canadian market is that radically different than the American market.

There are probably some financial reasons why they stop carrying or never carry some flavors. There are minimum run numbers, so it's cost efficient to change over the line, plus your raw material suppliers require minimum runs of bottles, cans, labels, cardboard carriers, and so on.

Also, I don't think the demand expressed here is reflective of the population as a whole.

The advice I give in these situations is to buy the flavored syrups, and make your own version of the soda you want. I know this can be an expensive route to take, and the end result may not taste exactly like you want it to. I have found that the syrups are easier to find now that Americans are drinking lots of frou-frou coffee drinks. And you can use the sugar free ones to avoid adding even more calories to the drink.

I gotta say, I'm digging the new 7Up label!

Here are three of the thirteen indie Pepsi distributors in Canada. These three also produce.
Browning Harvey Ltd. (http://www.browningharvey.nf.ca/) Browning Harvey - Newfoundland and Labrador.
Bienvenue sur le site Internet de Pepsi/Alex Coulombe (http://www.pepsi-alexcoulombe.com/) Alex Columbe Ltee, Quebec City, Quebec
TCIG - Arctic Beverages (http://www.tcig.biz/07/page.php?page_id=8) Arctic Beverages, serves upper Manitoba, upper Sascatchewan, northwestern Ontario and Nunavut. It's owned by an investment group comprised of eight tribal councils.

Of course, you also have PepsiCo Canada Home | PepsiCo.ca (http://pepsico.ca/en/index.html) and ..:: PEPSI? ::.. (http://www.pepsi.ca/)

The latter has links to their facebook page, and their twitter account, @PepsiCanada.

GenesisWildCherry
11-27-2011, 10:31 PM
Those pages won't do jack for bringing back Wild Cherry Pepsi in Canada.

sublimecitrus
01-03-2012, 01:57 AM
The Coca-Cola product information site for Cherry Coke (http://www.virtualvender.coca-cola.com/ft/index.jsp?brand_id=193) (http://www.virtualvender.coca-cola.com/ft/index.jsp?brand_id=193) claims that Cherry Coke is available in Canada.

When you put the proper information in the pull down menus for Canada, it still says that Cherry Coke is a product available in Canada.

I don't know if this is an oversight, or if Cherry Coke is being re-introduced in Canada in 2012.

Then again, Coca-Cola Blak is apparently still available here too...

GenesisWildCherry
01-04-2012, 06:15 PM
The Coca-Cola product information site for Cherry Coke (http://www.virtualvender.coca-cola.com/ft/index.jsp?brand_id=193) (http://www.virtualvender.coca-cola.com/ft/index.jsp?brand_id=193) claims that Cherry Coke is available in Canada.

When you put the proper information in the pull down menus for Canada, it still says that Cherry Coke is a product available in Canada.

I don't know if this is an oversight, or if Cherry Coke is being re-introduced in Canada in 2012.

Then again, Coca-Cola Blak is apparently still available here too...

That's utter BS, when Coke told me that they wouldn't bring back Cherry Coke. I asked them recently about Vanilla Coke and they still haven't gotten back to me. :<

As for Pepsi, I hope Wild Cherry comes in time for Target's expansion. Target just isn't Target without being able to pick up a 12-pack of Cherry Pepsi.

sublimecitrus
01-06-2012, 02:03 PM
That's utter BS, when Coke told me that they wouldn't bring back Cherry Coke. I asked them recently about Vanilla Coke and they still haven't gotten back to me. :<

As for Pepsi, I hope Wild Cherry comes in time for Target's expansion. Target just isn't Target without being able to pick up a 12-pack of Cherry Pepsi.

Yeah, I e-mailed them too. I got the "there are currently no plans, nor will there likely be any plans to bring Cherry Coke back to Canada" answer. Talk about putting a damper on things, eh?

With Target's expansion... I don't really expect them to sell products much different than Zellers does now. My girlfriend went to a Super Target over the Christmas break when she was in Orlando and she said that they sell a lot of the same brands. But they should bring specific Target "brand" stuff, like their red velvet chocolate milk when they come north.

I'm planning a trip to North Dakota in the spring... and going down with an empty car outside of my small suitcase. Boarder control people might think I'm nuts when I come back, but whatever.

Cherry coke and Cherry Pepsi galore!

GenesisWildCherry
01-14-2012, 09:45 PM
Except the difference is that Zellers is boring while Target isn't. Although, it still beats Walmart, which doesn't even try in Canada. >>

What I meant was, it would be nice if they reintroduced it in Canada before or during Target's mpve to Canada. Cuzz I'd hate for my fav store to suck in Canada because of the typical lack of selection our other stores offer.

Anyway, I read another rumor that Cherry Pepsi is coming back. I'm not gonna believe this one, however, with the huge letdown last year.

sublimecitrus
01-15-2012, 05:19 PM
I would seriously be fine if a store like Safeway, Superstore/Maxi/Zehrs/Whatever its called in your area, Sobeys/IGA, offered their store brand cola's in a cherry variation.

I'd prefer cherry coke/pepsi, but seeing that Coke is not even considering the option and Pepsi is only rumoured to be contemplating the idea, I'll take what I can get.

Shootmaster_44
01-18-2012, 09:38 PM
I would seriously be fine if a store like Safeway, Superstore/Maxi/Zehrs/Whatever its called in your area, Sobeys/IGA, offered their store brand cola's in a cherry variation.

I'd prefer cherry coke/pepsi, but seeing that Coke is not even considering the option and Pepsi is only rumoured to be contemplating the idea, I'll take what I can get.

I'm surprised that there is not a generic cherry cola in Canada. Safeway brand seems to have the best selection of generic pops and closest they come is straight black cherry pop.

GenesisWildCherry
02-09-2012, 03:51 PM
The odd thing is that Wild Cherry Pepsi keeps ignoring me on FB. Oh well, I think I'm about ready to give up, we're never getting it back. :( Freakin' Canada and its non-existent selection.

sublimecitrus
02-10-2012, 01:22 AM
Coke definitely isn't bringing back Cherry Coke in Canada, but Pepsi at least has seemed receptive to the idea, and by "receptive" I mean that they haven't said no. I think it'd be reasonable to introduce it as a "limited edition" type thing for the summer, and see how it does then, but I'm not the one with the money making that decision.

Hopefully, at the very least, we can see a smaller cola company like Jones introduce a cherry cola into Canada.

Obviously Pepsi Lime has done well enough since it's been here for almost three years. Flavoured cola works here, I just think you need to be patient with it. I think a cherry flavoured cola would go well with the 15-21 age group, since they're into all sorts of fruity energy drinks.

However, maybe Pepsi Lime sells so well because it goes great with rye/whiskey/rum... Hmm. Cherry pepsi and rum...

GenesisWildCherry
02-16-2012, 08:01 PM
Coke definitely isn't bringing back Cherry Coke in Canada, but Pepsi at least has seemed receptive to the idea, and by "receptive" I mean that they haven't said no. I think it'd be reasonable to introduce it as a "limited edition" type thing for the summer, and see how it does then, but I'm not the one with the money making that decision.

Hopefully, at the very least, we can see a smaller cola company like Jones introduce a cherry cola into Canada.

Obviously Pepsi Lime has done well enough since it's been here for almost three years. Flavoured cola works here, I just think you need to be patient with it. I think a cherry flavoured cola would go well with the 15-21 age group, since they're into all sorts of fruity energy drinks.

However, maybe Pepsi Lime sells so well because it goes great with rye/whiskey/rum... Hmm. Cherry pepsi and rum...

It's not that I don't want to be patient, but I can't believe that with all this demand it still hasn't come here.

I don't drink, so that's inconsequental to me. But there is Black Cherry Dry beer cooler, so yeah...

ATownAndrew
02-29-2012, 05:14 AM
At least you guys have Fanta Tangerine (well at least in Vancouver anyway). I wish we had that here (with the Canadian formulation). I would trade you some Cherry Coke for Fanta Tangerine if the shipping costs weren't so much.

FilmKrew
03-01-2012, 02:29 PM
^ It's true. I'm not a big fan of the other two Fanta flavours (cream soda and grape) we have here, but Tangerine is actually really good.

Anyways, depending on how far you live from the border, maybe there are some places close to the USA that have brought it over. In southern Ontario, I know several different convenience stores that have cherry coke, vanilla coke, cherry pepsi and the crazy mtn dew flavours stocked up since the owners drive down once in a while.

GenesisWildCherry
03-11-2012, 12:26 AM
Well, that's it. I give up hope that Cherry Pepsi or Cherry Coke will ever come back here.

GenesisWildCherry
05-28-2012, 11:43 PM
Well, my hope is back. Guys, start checking your Costcos pretty soon. Cherry Pepsi should start popping up in a couple weeks.

sublimecitrus
05-31-2012, 01:38 AM
Well, my hope is back. Guys, start checking your Costcos pretty soon. Cherry Pepsi should start popping up in a couple weeks.

I've heard a few people say they've picked it up already.

I'd like to know how Costco got the exclusive early distribution rights to WCP when they sell Coke products at the "restaurant" and with their vending machines.

GenesisWildCherry
06-07-2012, 04:42 PM
I'm not quite sure, honestly. But here in Quebec, they serve Pepsi products at the fountains, which is awesome. I'll be going again to see if they've received Cherry Pepsi yet.

sublimecitrus
07-06-2012, 11:42 AM
My costo has been out of Cherry Pepsi for about 2 weeks and hasn't gotten anymore in, and they don't think they will. Does anyone know when it'll be more widely distributed in cans and bottles?

GenesisWildCherry
07-08-2012, 08:21 PM
My costo has been out of Cherry Pepsi for about 2 weeks and hasn't gotten anymore in, and they don't think they will. Does anyone know when it'll be more widely distributed in cans and bottles?

Pepsi Canada themselves told me that in mid-July it would be more widely available.

I personally think initial availability at Costco was a bad move since probably not every Pepsi fan has a Costco card, which is why I stock up when I go with my folks.

I still await the day it's available in 591's and 2L's.

sublimecitrus
07-30-2012, 02:00 PM
They have diet cherry pepsi out too, which I prefer because I can't always drink a ton of sugar.

Good on Pepsi for bringing both out.