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Old 08-15-2011, 07:28 PM  
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Fast food restaurants dilluting soda?

So it seems like for the last year or so, every time I go to a fast food drive thru, my soda tastes less and less like what I ordered.

At first, I was called crazy when I mentioned it to family/friends/co-workers. Then finally, after it what seems like the next "kickback" in syrup, a few of them reluctantly agreed with me.

It seems like they are trying to stretch a bag of syrup for all it is worth. Is the economy that bad to where I can't get a decent soda anymore? Do they REALLY need to squeeze one or two more drinks out of that bag?

I have since been forced to switch my preferred fast food beverage to teas, hi-c's or whatever else they couldn't possibly screw up.

So has anyone else noticed this tightening of the fast food industries belt?
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:30 PM   #2
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:31 PM   #3
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Does it taste like boar semen because my business has really been expanding and I have no idea why these fast food chains would be placing orders.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:31 PM   #4
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So it seems like for the last year or so, every time I go to a fast food drive thru, my soda tastes less and less like what I ordered.

At first, I was called crazy when I mentioned it to family/friends/co-workers. Then finally, after it what seems like the next "kickback" in syrup, a few of them reluctantly agreed with me.

It seems like they are trying to stretch a bag of syrup for all it is worth. Is the economy that bad to where I can't get a decent soda anymore? Do they REALLY need to squeeze one or two more drinks out of that bag?

I have since been forced to switch my preferred fast food beverage to teas, hi-c's or whatever else they couldn't possibly screw up.

So has anyone else noticed this tightening of the fast food industries belt?
Soda prices have spiked more than anything I've seen outside deli meats.

Coca Cola cites commodity and distribution cost spikes.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:36 PM   #5
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I'd be pretty skeptical, though I don't really have any idea. Fast food sodas cost almost nothing. It seems to me there are far more effective ways of saving a few pennies.

(And I personally haven't noticed the phenomenon, myself.)
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:37 PM   #6
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:38 PM   #7
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They shouldn't. Soda at a fast food place has the highest profit margin of anything on the menu. That's why places like McDonald's are offering specials like "any size for a dollar". It's incredibly cheap. I'd say it's more likely that fast food soda dispensers aren't maintained as they should be.

They have to be "brixed", controlling the ratio of carbonated water to syrup. The nozzles and assemblies have to be cleaned out, soaking is best. The entire supply line post mixing has to be kept cold as well. Temperature has a huge effect on flavor.

This has to be done on a regular basis. Unfortunately for the consumers, fast food jobs have been dumbed down as much as they possibly can be to compensate for a shrunken workforce and ridiculous turnover. I would be surprised to find more than one person in any given location who knows how to properly care for a drink machine and is willing to do it. I would not be surprised to find locations without anyone who could/would do it.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:45 PM   #8
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I'd be pretty skeptical, though I don't really have any idea. Fast food sodas cost almost nothing. It seems to me there are far more effective ways of saving a few pennies.

(And I personally haven't noticed the phenomenon, myself.)
Back when I was 16 we sold a tank of Coke syrup for $28.00 that cost about $3.00 and the resteraunt could get 2000+ 12 oz drinks out of a tank.

I think they are making enough out of fountain drinks to try to get 2250 drinks out of a tank.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:47 PM   #9
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They shouldn't. Soda at a fast food place has the highest profit margin of anything on the menu. That's why places like McDonald's are offering specials like "any size for a dollar". It's incredibly cheap. I'd say it's more likely that fast food soda dispensers aren't maintained as they should be.

They have to be "brixed", controlling the ratio of carbonated water to syrup. The nozzles and assemblies have to be cleaned out, soaking is best. The entire supply line post mixing has to be kept cold as well. Temperature has a huge effect on flavor.

This has to be done on a regular basis. Unfortunately for the consumers, fast food jobs have been dumbed down as much as they possibly can be to compensate for a shrunken workforce and ridiculous turnover. I would be surprised to find more than one person in any given location who knows how to properly care for a drink machine and is willing to do it. I would not be surprised to find locations without anyone who could/would do it.
Its been a while since I worked FF, but the soda machine and HVAC were the two things that were serviced solely by non-employees. I took a lot of stuff apart for cleaning and upkeep, but from the manager on down the only interaction with soda dispensers was wiping them down and replacing syrup.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:51 PM   #10
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Dude, do NOT get iced tea at a fast food place. I used to work at a mid-range casual dining place and the spigots there were constanly so caked with mold the tea came out at a trickle. Cleaning those things out is the one thing I would go out of my way to do. No way would I trust a fast food place to clean those when real restaurants don't even do it consistently.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:52 PM   #11
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Maybe they're switching to a healthier menu with less sodium. Very lightly sprinkle soda with salt
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:53 PM   #12
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You're at an age where your tastes are changing and I'm being 100% serious. You may just not like soda any longer. When I was your age I determined that I hated Bud, Coors, and Miller products and adjusted my beer consumption based on despite the fact I had drank so much of the swill beer prior to then.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:56 PM   #13
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Its been a while since I worked FF, but the soda machine and HVAC were the two things that were serviced solely by non-employees. I took a lot of stuff apart for cleaning and upkeep, but from the manager on down the only interaction with soda dispensers was wiping them down and replacing syrup.
The refrigeration and pump unit, yeah. But employees can brix and clean. Mine did. I never let anybody touch the HVAC except to clean the grease filters.
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Back when I was 16 we sold a tank of Coke syrup for $28.00 that cost about $3.00 and the resteraunt could get 2000+ 12 oz drinks out of a tank.

I think they are making enough out of fountain drinks to try to get 2250 drinks out of a tank.
LOL Tank? How old are you? I remember working at a Hardees 20 yrs ago, it was a bag in a box then.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:58 PM   #15
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You're at an age where your tastes are changing and I'm being 100% serious. You may just not like soda any longer. When I was your age I determined that I hated Bud, Coors, and Miller products and adjusted my beer consumption based on despite the fact I had drank so much of the swill beer prior to then.
Yeah, a few years ago I just about stopped drinking coke altogether. Didn't try to cut it out or anything. I just realized I wasn't getting it anymore. I still have a mexican coke occassionally, but that's about it.
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