I've found no one fools w/CF and CF Diet Dr Pepper except either strong Coke bottlers of DP (Swire I know does it, Consolidated does too), or 3rd tier bottlers.
Since most of CA is Coke controlled DP and the bottler being CCE, decaf Dr Pepper...forget it. CCE in its Dr Pepper markets seems to only fool w/regular, Diet, and until very recently..adding red fusion.
I'd say there's very little chance unless buying some over the internet you will find 3rd tier DP in CA, unless I don't know of a 3rd tier bottler producing or receiving DP in CA. I don't think CA is a strong Dr Pepper state, which also attributes to why I don't think CCE would add CF out there, just because it wouldn't be profitable.
I noticed some decaf Diet Dr Pepper for the first time ever here in NJ. So, maybe there is hope to find it in other places now too. Now, if I could only find regular decaf Dr Pepper, I might actually buy it. I imagine if the store could get the diet stuff, they might also be able to order the regular.
decaf diet is becoming more popular. they have it across michigan regardless of who cans it, but there's still no regular. i might've seen regular on the west side of the state once, awhile back, made by american. your best bet would be to call dp's number. i think you can also order it from the original bottler down in texas in cases of cans!
i forget the website, someone in the know, please post it.
CF Diet Pepper can be found in more markets than CF Pepper. Pepsi in Maryland bottles/cans CF diet, but no CF Pepper. Now the small indie Pepsi in eastern Maryland did bottle their own 2L CF Pepper, but since they've stopped bottling, the closest I can find CF is western Maryland, in RC Winchester territory.
It's about time CCE-NY started carrying CF Diet. People would ask me for it all the time. It sells really well in the Philadelphia area.
It's like Barq's Cream. It sells about 50%-75% less than the diet version. CCE Mid-Atlantic doesn't bother with either of them. I think Central only carries Red.
whoever has dp in your area, call them. they might have similar requests. it's what happened here. enough people requested diet dr p on the east side so coke started to make it in the metro detroit area. before, it was only available on the west side by abc.