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helen
September 19th, 2004, 07:36 PM
While going through the Mililani Wal-Mart today they were selling cases of soda in 8 ounce cans for around $5-6. I am not sure but I think there were 18 cans to the case.

I didn't buy a case and I don't know if this is a limited time or a sign of things to come.

craigwatanabe
September 20th, 2004, 10:08 AM
Soda bottlers tried this concept back in the late 70's and early 80's and found it quite unprofitable. Ounce per ounce the smaller cans were more expensive and consumers realized that. I'm surprized this effort is being revitalized with the same cost mistakes.

What would be better would be to put the soda in smaller bottles. Right now soda bottles are 16 or 20 oz or the mammoth 2 liter. I can't drink an entire 16 or 20-oz bottle (if you notice the caloric/nutrition count on these bottles is based on one serving and these bottles are typically 2-serve bottles. I'd like to see an 8-oz plastic bottle of soda instead of these manini half-cans. Sure you can rave at the caloric values of a half can...Half the Calories! Yeah, because it's half the serving. :D

Miulang
September 20th, 2004, 10:32 AM
Soda bottlers tried this concept back in the late 70's and early 80's and found it quite unprofitable. Ounce per ounce the smaller cans were more expensive and consumers realized that. I'm surprized this effort is being revitalized with the same cost mistakes.


The ones I've seen recently have been those "single serving" sized cans of Coke. Craig's right: the reason why the cals are less is because you get less soda for twice the price! The 12 oz cans we think of as "single serve" actually are considered 1.5 servings (per 8 oz) if you read the back (or side) of the can. I think it's all a marketing gimmick to prey on the public's backlash against supersizing anything. But then again, nothing's going to pry me away from my 20 oz bottles of Lime Coke! :D

Miulang

Glen Miyashiro
September 20th, 2004, 10:44 AM
Not to hijack the thread (too much), but why do movie theaters sell such big soda sizes? There's no way you can drink that much fluid and sit still in your seat until the end of the film. :p

craigwatanabe
September 20th, 2004, 10:49 AM
LIME COKE! As my hung over friends would say...BLAHHHHHH!!! Janitor pleezzzz!

I like those bottles because you can save the rest for later and keep the fizz. An 8-oz bottle would be ideal because it's not enough to fill you up, just enough to settle the craving for something fizzy. I'm sucking up on 12-oz of Dr. Pepper as we speak.

Miulang
September 20th, 2004, 10:51 AM
Not to hijack the thread (too much), but why do movie theaters sell such big soda sizes? There's no way you can drink that much fluid and sit still in your seat until the end of the film. :p
"Because they can, and because people think they get a better deal if they buy more" that's why! ("more is more") :D

Miulang

craigwatanabe
September 20th, 2004, 10:55 AM
Not to hijack the thread (too much), but why do movie theaters sell such big soda sizes? There's no way you can drink that much fluid and sit still in your seat until the end of the film. :p


Glen, Glen, Glen come on man where's your marketing sense at? Of course it's to make you get out of your seat near the end where the best part is just coming up.

You get out of your seat, go relieve yourself and stock up for the finale with more megabucks popcorn! What good is it for concessions if you're stuck in your seat til the end of the movie...instead of stuck in the long lines while the finale plays out! At the end of the movie you end up going to Zippy's or Starbucks, anywhere but the concessions, so they get you when they can, while the movie is playing and to get you outta your seat, they fill you up with watered down soda (better than 3/4 fill of ice) so you have to get out of your seat and pass the concession stand.


Auwe Glen, you da perfect guy for them buggahs to take advantage of. :D

helen
September 20th, 2004, 10:44 PM
I also notice that some people can't drink an entire 12 ounce can at one sitting so maybe this 8 ounce version might address those people.

Laakea
September 21st, 2004, 06:59 AM
Those smaller cans are ideal for mixed drinks.

mel
September 21st, 2004, 07:08 AM
The smaller cans could be the beverage industry's reaction to the Bottle Bill TAX that kicks in soon.

pzarquon
September 21st, 2004, 07:14 AM
Care to elaborate? Wouldn't a smaller can mean a higher tax, proportional to the cost and volume of the individual beverage? Or does the bottle tax somehow define a bottle or can as having a minimum of {x} ounces? In which case, they're being pretty clever!

I hadn't thought of the 'mixed drink' angle. Like some of you, I thought it has to do with serving size. Forget diets and carbs... I know more than a few people who think the standard 12 oz. can is just a little too much to tackle in one sitting. (Me, I just make my can of Coke last all day.)

craigwatanabe
September 21st, 2004, 09:35 AM
The smaller size is good for my kids (I know kids shouldn't drink soda), they pop open a 12-oz and leave half of it because it's too much.

If the prices were proportional to the 12-oz size I'd buy more of the smaller cans but unfortunately they're not.

In Japan they sold soda in those cans that Red Bull comes in and have been doing so for decades already. That's a good size for soft drinks.

helen
September 21st, 2004, 11:09 AM
Daiei was selling a 6 pack of 8 ounce cans for around $2.70 or so.

craigwatanabe
September 21st, 2004, 01:29 PM
Safeway has their "Select" brand 12-oz 6-packs on sale every now and then for $1/sixpack

helen
September 26th, 2004, 03:08 PM
So far I noticed only the Pepsi products are in the 8 ounce cans.

adrian
September 26th, 2004, 05:50 PM
I've seen those smaller cola cans from Pepsi (or some other cola maker). My uncle bought that a while ago, and it was cute (but it was harder to smash because of the size).

I do believe that soda makers has to make something smaller: either the bottle size that comes from vending machines or stores (the "individual size"); or the soda cans to limit the calories and junk that we put into our body.

Albert
September 27th, 2004, 02:46 PM
I don't pay much attention to what the "soda" world is doing, although "Pitch Black Mountain Dew" did get a notice (if not a taste).

So long as manufacturers of 40-oz bottles of malt liquor don't get weird and start pushing smaller bottles, I'm okay.

Tutulady
September 29th, 2004, 10:08 AM
I like Pitch Black, especially with a lot of shaved ice in the cup... That's when I care to drink a soda though. :)