"At present we are not carrying Coke products because we cannot provide the value our customers deserve."That statement is on signs posted in Costco stores in the section where customers normally find Coke products. Costco is not pulling Coke products from the shelves, but they state that they will not restock until they come to a resolution. Coca-Cola is being portrayed in a rather unpleasant light as being greedy and profit-driven, while Costco can claim it is looking out for customers in hard economic times by trying to offer products at good prices.
Costco stops carrying Coke products
Costco nixes Coke products over pricing dispute
Costco stops carrying Coke; Mexican Coca-Cola source, gone!
Costco Won't Restock Coke Due To Pricing Dispute
Photo source: May 28, 2008 file photo (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Since Costco was one of the only sources for most Americans to get Mexican Coke (containing sugar as opposed to HFCS, which is the top ingredient in US Coke), there's some sadness in this story for the HFCS-free community. (Source for below photo)