Costco stops selling Coke products – OMG the end of the world?!?!?

Costco stops selling Coke product

Costco stops selling Coke products - for now...

Shoppers continue to grapple with the recession – I know I am – and so the retailers want to win favor by giving them low prices.

Well, it seems that strategy is creating tension between product makers like Coca-Cola Co., who are working hard to maintain profit margins while meeting retailer demands.

The public squabble between Costco (one of the nation’s largest wholesale club operators) and Coke (the world’s largest soft drink maker) is likely to fizzle quickly because there is simply too much money to be pried from the dead hands of the consumers. But it reveals real tensions as retailers and product makers square off on prices.

Costco stops selling Coke product - Where will big Red go?

I’m a serious Costco shopper and Diet Coke addict, but I almost never buy my soda at Costco. I’ve often wondered why Coca-Cola products never seem to be a particularly good buy there. I routinely stock up on Diet Coke for a big discount whenever there’s a mega-sale at my neighborhood Ralph’s (gotta be ready for insta-party to happen at any minute).

Costco customers may have to look elsewhere for Coca-Cola products now that the retailer has stopped carrying them because the pair are fighting over prices. The situation is that retailers want to wield more power in determining pricing with product makers, who they depend on to stock their customers’ favorite brands. You can see this with Costco in that they have been aggressive in putting up signs on store shelves and notices on its Web site. ”Costco is committed to carrying name brand merchandise at the best possible prices.

At this time, Coca-Cola has not provided Costco with competitive pricing so that we may pass along the value our members deserve,” said a message on the Costco’s Web site labeled ”Price Alert!” Costco is not removing products like Coke and Diet Coke from store shelves, but it does not plan to restock them ”until the matter is resolved,” according to the message on its site.

Earlier this year grocer Delhaize SA in Belgium said it would no longer stock at least 250 Unilever products because the food and consumer products maker was making ”unprecedented” demands that would force retail prices up 30 percent, the two companies reached an agreement within months. But the pricing pressure is more intense at Costco, whose business model is designed around offering lower prices than traditional retailers.

When it comes to extracting the last penny from a consumer, these 2 companies will recognize there is a mutual interest and will find a way to resolve it. Who will win? I would never bet against that famous logo, but Costco owns the minds of the consumer so it will be a tough fight.

Costco stops selling Coke products - for now...

Costco stops selling Coke product and shoppers...

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Pink Taco – LA

(310) 789-1000

10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067

NOTE: We were not paid or received free food for this review.

We went to dinner at the Pink Taco in LA last night. What a hoot!!! Ok, the name seems a little tacky since it is a reference to Miss Vajayjay, but in reality it is a cool and hip place to eat – OK, I will admit there is some tackiness in the place, but it is all in fun.

Perched high atop the Century City shopping center welcomed us with a towering castle-like lattice door, which is totally cool. I loved kitschy Mexican designs, low rider bikes on the walls, star-shaped aluminum light fixtures, vintage girlie pix alongside shrines to the Virgin de Guadalupe and century-old wooden barn walls that exude the party-hearty vibe people have come to know and love.

The food was great and well price (good value). The raspberry mojito rocks, the chips and salsa are great and in general we all liked our food. Highlights were the Lobster enchiladas and the pumpkin flan – a great way to end the meal.

Service was good, and the hostess got us seated quickly even though we were still waiting for one of our party. We got there at 7:00 on Saturday and had a 15 minutes wait, but as we were getting seated it was a 40 minute wait for those who came after us – so get there before 7:00 on Sat if you don’t want to wait.

Pink Taco bar is very cool

Pink Taco bar is very cool


Best Dessert Wine

So, I have never been a big ‘Wino” (fan of wines), and only occasionally drink a glass with a meal. While in Europe however, wine is like water and I found myself drinking 2-3 glasses a day.

Still, I don’t seem to have a great taste for reds or whites.

While in Austria, I tried a Hungarian while called Tokay – which is this really incredible dessert wine.

Super smooth, sweet also most like drinking a light honey, really the best. You can get it in degrees of sweetness called puttonyos, I like 3 the best but I tried 5 and it was also really good.

I have been looking for it in the USA, and recently found a bottle in a Trader Joes.

Then I did a Google search and found this seller:

http://www.klwines.com/content.asp?searchphrase=tokaji&s_kwcid=tokaji|850192212&gclid=CKmIyoPbqJ0CFRESawodmkR8ig

It looks something like this – from the frogs mouth it is really good.

Tokaji wines

Tokaji wines

Please note: I did NOT receive Tokaji wines as a gift, and I have NOT been paid to write about Tokaji wines or klwines.com.

This post is here because I tried Tokaji and it knocked my socks off!!

Happy YK

Happy Yom Kippur for those who celebrate it – although I don’t know if ‘happy’ is the right word, but you know what I mean.

It seems that several organized religions has days of fasting, and I think it is good.

It give your body time to clean itself out, and combining it with some yoga would really clean it out.

Fasting seems to mean different things to different people.  I have several practicing friends who today fast in different ways, some don’t eat  or drink anything, and others feel that it is OK if you drink  just water, or some light fruit juice.

I guess it just depends on which traditions you choose to practice.

Note about yoga: If you fast for 24 hours, but are allowed to drink water, then doing yoga in the morning will really clean out your system because yoga simulates and massages the lymph glands, liver and other internal organs – with the ‘toxins’ getting flushed out by drinking a lot of water afterwards.