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[–] smallberries 0 points 57 points (+57|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Because coke and pepsi offer substantially lower prices to restaurants if the restaurants don't carry their competitor's drinks.

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[–] Tquake 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

This is the only believable answer here

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[–] voiceofflawedlogic 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

it's the most upvoated answer, so it must be true.

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[–] Vespera 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

How would they know?

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[–] aakaakaak 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

They have representatives come in and verify your gear when they're dropping off syrup bottles.

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[–] ToXic_Knight 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Force them to sign to not have a competitor's drinks?

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[–] jde 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I work for a manufacturing company, and our two main competitors both have clauses that if a dealer carries their products, they can't sell any of the other brands products. My company likes to brag how we are the only ones who don't have those restrictions, they even use it as a selling point for dealers. Nobody seems to realize that if we are the only ones with no restrictions, it doesn't mean shit. They still can''t sell our products and the other guys.

Not really relevant to this discussion, but mildly amusing.

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[–] foshizzle 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yeah, learned this in Marketing.

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[–] obi-1 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

Drink companies furnish (and service) the equipment to restaurants if they buy their brand of syrup. The restaurants get a lot more profit from this and syrup takes less space and makes more drinks than bottled ones.

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[–] GeneralBoobington 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

lol, i think you missed the point of the question completely, but i loveeeeeeeeee how you explained the fuck out of why businesses would choose to purchase fountain drinks

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[–] obi-1 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

You're right. Addendum: restaurants choose the one that offers the better deal at the time.

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[–] honorkell 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Is there a monetary upside to one or the other?

That depends on your location and who your vendor is. If you're a franchise, the parent company has chosen for you. If you're a local restaurant, you go with what your local vendors offer.

Both Coke and Pepsi will provide you with the equipment for free. And free maintenance on said equipment. You just pay for syrup, water, and CO2. The soda fountain you see is only half the equipment. In some back room, there are shelves of "bag-in-box" syrups hooked up to pumps that pump the syrup through the walls to the fountain, where it is mixed with water and CO2. Those soda fountains are continually filled with ice too, made by the restaurant, to make your drink cold, and dispense ice. The soda mixture is pumped through a cold plate that sits on the bottom of the giant vat of ice on top. This is the same ice you get when you hit the ice lever. Point of note: though I've never gotten sick from restaurant ice (to my knowledge), ice machines in even the cleanest restaurant are a huge source of mold, and if you just took giant cups of ice out of the machine and examined them, there is no doubt you'd find plenty of black specks. Just one of those things.

But back to your question: depending on what vendor you go with, you get Coke or Pepsi products. You sign a contract, and you get your free equipment, and the benefit of having decent product in your store. You make a HUGE profit on soda sales. So much so, that free refills are no problem, because almost no one will drink enough soda to erase your profit on that $2.00 medium drink. Coke and Pepsi get to spread their brand recognition, and everyone wins.

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[–] NeitherMedianNorMode 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

That's a whole lot of work for beetus juice.

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[–] Fambida 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Restaurant ice is filthy. Last restaurant I worked at we made it a point to thoroughly clean and sanitize the ice machine every sunday. Every other restaurant I've worked at I never saw one get cleaned more than one a month, if that. (I've never worked fast food, but I'm willing to bet they are actually better about cleaning their ice machines than your usual local restaurant.)

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[–] djjin14568 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago  (edited ago)

U/drakesdoom makes a good point. A lot of popular chain restaurants are owned by one or the other. But, when it comes to mom and pop (independent restaurants), they want to monetize on popularly recognized brands. They will generally purchase their beverages through a local distributing company that resells one or the other brands' flavors to them. It's, in most cases, strictly a smart business move to drive up the sales of drinks - which the restaurant marks up for profit.

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[–] organgrape 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Well, in Atlanta your establishment would be burned down if you served Pepsi

Seriously though, it sucks to prefer Pepsi in Atlanta.

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[–] Kushtastesgood 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Pepsi pays more than coke. Source my parents own a KFC

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[–] Facade 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Isn't KFC owned by YUM, the same people who own Pepsi? I'd imagine that might have something to do with it.

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[–] Kushtastesgood 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Yes KFC is owned by YUM along with long John silvers taco bell pizza Hut and a & w root beer. You are allowed to have coke if you choose. It is franchise discretion, however the Pepsi kickbacks are significantly higher than cokes. But IMHO I think coke is way better.

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[–] Walter_Sobchak 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Our bar uses RC, cheaper and... whatever, its cola to mix with liquor

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[–] drexhex 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I prefer RC but it's hard to find around here :\

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[–] HowAboutShutUp 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

In 3 way blind taste tests, RC actually wins most of the time.

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[–] Walter_Sobchak 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I don't drink soda so I couldn't care less.

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[–] gloriousbeard 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It has to do with the fountain machine... come products have a different connecter nozzle then Pepsi products.. so it's more cost effective to have just one brand so your not leasing out 2 different machines.

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