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The Times
  • Jim Hillibish: Is Mexican Coca Cola better for you?

  • Perhaps "retro Coke" is a better description. This supposedly is old-fashioned Coke made from pure cane sugar, not high-fructose corn syrup of the American version. The heavy-glass bottles with painted labels are reminiscent of the Coke bottles of the 1960s.

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  • Mexicans know their Coke (capital C). It’s showing up in some of our grocery and beverage stores.
    Aficionados such as Kurt B. are emailing friends, “It’s what Coke used to be, before plastic bottles.”
    The trend started on eBay at least four years ago. Border-state sellers found a steady market for the MexiCoke they carted across the Rio Grande.
    Perhaps "Retro Coke" is a better description. This supposedly is old-fashioned Coke made from pure cane sugar, not high-fructose corn syrup of the American version. The heavy-glass bottles with painted labels are reminiscent of the Coke bottles of the 1960s.
    Until recently, Amazon.com, eBay and Walmart (Sam’s Club) were the main retailers in the U.S. Amazon sells 24 12-ounce bottles for $44.99, plus $11 shipping. The same on eBay, where it is $65 including shipping.
    Walmart is selling the 24 packs in selected stores for $40. This compares with about 40 cents per 12-ounce can for American Coke products on sale.
    Coke Calories are the same: 150 for Mexican and American. Stores that sell the Coke often sell Mexican Sprite and Fanta drinks, all made by Coca Cola.
    Coke PR guy Scott Williamson in the New York Times says the company is “quite familiar” with Mexican Coke and confirmed that different sweeteners are used. But he adds, “All of our consumer research indicates that from a taste standpoint, the difference is imperceptible.”
    There are some questions about the sweetener. Obesity Internet magazine claims a lab analysis of Mexican Coke found no sucrose in it, the sugar contained in cane sweeteners.

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