Soda Tax May Signal Death Knell for Mexican Coke

Made with real corn syrup.
Made with real corn syrup. Photo: Bludgeoner86/Flickr

While some people are practically up in arms over Mexico’s newly approved “fat tax,” which means soda will cost an extra peso per pop, the real issue here is the future of Coca-Cola sweetened with cane sugar: Arca Continental, the country’s second-largest bottler of Coca-Cola, is considering replacing cane sugar with high-fructose corn syrup to trim costs in the wake of the Bloombergian, anti-obesity tax hike, notes Quartz. It’s unclear how such a shift would affect diehard Mexicoke fans here in the U.S., though Arca’s pledge to “move to more fructose” and Quartz’s mention of this revelatory 2010 study kind of make it seem like those who swear by the subtle notes of sarsaparilla and kola nut in Mexican Coke have just been guzzling corn syrup all along. [Quartz]