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article imageOp-Ed: Pepsi sues distributor for selling Mexican Pepsi made with sugar

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 4, 2009 in Business
Would you rather have Pepsi sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup? Pepsi prefers you drink it sweetened with corn syrup and has sued a distributor for illegally distributing Mexican Pepsi sweetened with sugar in Georgia.
PepsiCo has filed a federal lawsuit against Clayton Distribution Co., for illegally distributing a Mexican version of its soda in Georgia.
In the lawsuit, PepsiCo claims Clayton Distributing Co., violated trademark laws, committed fraud and engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices by distributing its Mexican version in the United States.
Clayton Distributing Co. is also not an authorized distributor of Pepsi products in the U.S.
The Mexican Pepsi is offered in ethnic stores to cater to the Hispanic and non-Hispanic customers, who prefer the sugar sweetened Pepsi version than the corn syrup version.
But PepsiCo doesn’t want them distributed in the U.S. because it says the labels in the Mexican Pepsi don’t comply with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or PepsiCo standards for the United States. PepsiCo added that the drinks also would deteriorate during shipping.
PepsiCo filed its lawsuit on Dec. 17.
There is also a Mexican Coco Cola version popular among immigrants for the same reason; it is sweetened by sugar instead of the high fructose corn syrup. Coco-Cola however has not filed a lawsuit against its distribution in the U.S.
PepsiCo filed a similar lawsuit in August against Grande Produce Ltd., a Texas company for distributing Mexican Pepsi in southern Texas. Both PepsiCo and Grande have reached a settlement.
Unfortunately PepsiCo have a right in this case but it's absurd they won’t produce the drink sweetened with sugar and would rather let us drink the unhealthy high fructose corn syrup.
Have you tasted the sugar sweetened version of Pepsi? If so, leave a comment about their differences.
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