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Fast Food Restaurants Informative - Non-cola diet soda - Soda Pop

Review by 55861 on 2007-12-28
Why do no restaurants carry a diet soda pop that is not cola? I am so tired of drinking water. I know it's healthy for you, and I drink plenty of it. Occasionally, I would like to be able to order a soda pop at a restaurant. Due to special health reasons, I cannot drink cola or sugar.

All I'm looking for is an occasional Diet Sprite, Diet Sierra Mist, Diet Squirt - something that doesn't have cola or sugar! I have so many friends that want the same thing, but no restaurant carries it. Would anyone here ever choose it? Just trying to get a sense of the response.
Comments:17 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-07-05
Posted by GothicSmurf on 2007-12-28:
Most places carry Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi. You can also try flavored water or fruit juices.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-12-28:
I would never choose the diet drinks because to me they taste nasty.
I wouldn't think that a diet drink other than Coke or Pepsi is popular enough for these places to carry it on a regular basis.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-12-28:
GS - Most places don't have the flavored water and can't do the fruit juices on my diet either.

If they offered non-cola diet drinks, it would also help the folks who need to avoid caffeine, right?
Posted by spiderman2 on 2007-12-28:
I'm with you on this one! My dad can't have any caffeine but prefers a diet drink. It would be nice to have options.
Posted by Tc1073 on 2007-12-28:
Supply and Demand. Why carry a product the majority of the consumers won't enjoy and order?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-12-28:
Yes, cherpep, I too agree. I don't like regular SODAS but I do like diet SODAS. An occasional diet mountain dew at a restaurant would certainly be a blessing.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-12-28:
cherpep, I'm totally with you on this. I want to avoid the caffeine also, plus I don't care to stain my teeth with cola. I usually end up driking water or beer. Beer, yum!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-12-28:
Thanks for the responses. So far - it looks like it's 4 Yes, 2 No, 1 (GS, I'm not sure of their vote).

At lunch today, the restaurant's fountain had Coke, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Root Beer, Sprite, Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, and Lemon Tea. Seems like lots of choice for sugar lovers.

Does anyone here work for a fast food restaurant? I'm guessing regular cola is the biggest seller, but how often does the diet soda need to be refilled in relation to the other offerings?
Posted by Principissa on 2007-12-28:
My father in law is diabetic, and he would love to go into a restaurant and get something other than water with lemon or a diet Coke. He loves diet orange soda and diet root beer. I guess they do it because the other varieties of diet sodas aren't as popular.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-12-28:
Stew, I voted both you and Sheriff "best answer."
Posted by grandma005 on 2007-12-28:
Go to Taco Bell. They carry diet Sierra Mist and diet Mountain Dew. These drinks are from Pepsi. You have to go where they serve Pepsi instead of Coke.
Posted by CrystalSword on 2007-12-28:
If I could make a suggestion to all restaurant managers...okay, it doesn't pay to keep something like a non-cola drink in the fountain area, but what about a couple cases in the walk-in...have the girls/guys that wait table mark on a chart kept with the cans what is available and have someone check it every morning to make sure the count is accurate? You could have the diet "white" sodas, rootbeer, and orange and grape. And you can get these for under $5 a case usually. Just get a six-pack of each and get 2 - 3 cases worth and see how this works for your customers who are on sugar-free diets or are diabetic. What's it going to cost to give it a try...less than $20 for lots of repeat business and you can charge $1 per can with refills not optional, they can pay for another can. Most restaurants charge $1.75 and up for a refillable soft drink...so $1.00 a can is NOT out of line.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-12-28:
Where do you live? I know of several restaurants here in Michigan that serve Pepsi (like Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut), but the only diet drink they have is Diet Pepsi. I have never seen those offered here. You're giving me hope that someone has recognized the need!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-12-28:
I second that suggestion, Crystal! Great one!
Posted by grandma005 on 2007-12-28:
I live in California.
Posted by kcosa on 2010-05-22:
It would be kind of nice for a change. Or at the very least, Minute Maid Light Lemonade tastes amazing, like 100 times better than the regular lemonade and only 5 calories per 8 oz. More restaurants are switching to this.
Posted by Sher on 2011-07-05:
I believe there really are a number of people that would like very much to be able to have a no caffeine, diet soda when at a restaurant. I have had friends tell me this when we're out to eat. I miss having a choice and especially at dinner because caffeine will keep me awake later than I'd like. If a survey was taken, I'll bet the yes votes would be surprising. To have to choose between staying awake late night or consuming extra calories doesn't seem customer friendly.

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