Multiple Major Soda Brands Sued Because Their Diet Soda Claims Are ‘Deceptive”

Six different individuals have filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. for misleading advertisements regarding the companies’ diet soda options.

The six individuals, who have all struggled with obesity and looked to diet sodas to help with weight loss, claim that the aspartame, a low-calorie sweetener that’s used in the diet sodas, have made them gain weight instead.

Aspartame, a sugar substitute that’s also sold under the name NutraSweet and Equal, is used heavily in “diet” labeled foods. According to Boston Magazine and a 2016 study from Massachussets General Hospital, when aspartame is ingested, a compound called phenylalanine is produced. Phenylalanine has been proven to interfere with IAP, or intestinal alkaline phosphate, an enzyme that helps prevent diabetes and weight loss. According to that same article, artificial sweeteners have been shown to make consumers hungrier, leading them to binge eat in the long run.

Therefore, with these proven studies, the suits claim that marketing these beverages as “diet” is false, misleading, and unlawful.

Derek Smith, whose law firm is the lead counsel for all three lawsuits, said that their case will focus on aspartame, but noted that all artificial sweeteners behave the same in our bodies.

Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper Snapple has called the lawsuit “meritless” and claims to “vigorously defend against it.” PepsiCo has yet to make an official statement.


Free Snapple Iced Tea from 7-Eleven for ‘National Iced Tea Week’


By now, you’ve probably already graduated college and started receiving those warning notices, reminding you that six months from now (assuming you’re a member of the class of 2013 and aren’t going to grad school), you’ll have to start paying back those pesky student loans. So what’s a poor unemployed millennial to do?

For starters, you could stop paying for food.

The beginning of summer is primetime for giveaways, including Snapple and 7-Eleven’s newest promotion for “National Iced Tea Week.” As a tie-in to the actual “National Iced Tea Day” on Monday June 10, 7-Eleven will be giving away one free 16 ounce bottle of Snapple Iced Tea to guests every day until Saturday June 15, while supplies last.

“If a free bottle of icy cold Snapple Iced Tea is the perfect way to celebrate National Iced Tea Day, then why not extend the fun and flavor and make it National Iced Tea Week,” Nancy Smith, 7-Eleven’s marketing vice president, said in a press release.


Just text the word ‘TEA’ to ‘711711’ to download the 7-Eleven mobile app and the Snapple Iced Tea coupon will automatically download once every day. Granted, once downloaded, each coupon is only valid for the next 15 minutes, and they’ll really only work on the Half ‘n Half, Lemon and Peach Iced Tea flavors. But hey, it’s free drinks. And you know what they say, new college grads can’t be choosers.

For more promotion and discount news, make sure to keep posted at our Deals channel.

H/T Grub Grade + PicThx 7-Eleven


Jelly Belly and Snapple Join Forces

Jelly Belly has teamed with Snapple to release five new jelly beans inspired by the “Best Stuff on Earth.®”

The bean flavors consist of Fruit Punch, Mango Madness, Cranberry Raspberry, Pink Lemonade and Kiwi Strawberry.

This is the perfect way for Jelly Belly fans to get hooked on Snapple drinks, and vice versa.

Available through their online store, there are several size packages including a 3.1-oz. bag, 6.5-oz. bag and 4.5-oz. box, but there is the option of a nifty 1.65-oz. Snapple bottle-shaped container which quite frankly looks cooler than carrying around the standard bag.

The 4.5-oz box goes for $3.50 on the site and for the real Snapple fanatics, the 48-count case goes for $128.99.

Jelly Belly has said the beans are made with real fruit juices and purees, 100 percent natural flavors, and colors from natural sources.

It doesn’t appear that the bottle-shaped containers have Snapple’s famous real facts under the cap, which is kind of a bummer. If you’re going to try to sell the Snapple experience, the flavors are cool, but without the facts, it loses the Snapple feeling.


Jelly Belly Debuts New Snapple-flavored Beans


The Jelly Belly Candy Co. continues their stronghold on the jelly bean game with their latest flavor co-branding — Snapple Jelly Bellys. Snapple, a brand of tea and juice drinks owned by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, is now well-known for printing interesting numbered “real facts on the the inside of their bottle caps. Now they can be known for being a scrumptious Jelly Belly flavor!

The beans are available in 3.1-ounce bags with a SRP of $2.49 and ship 12 per case. The flavors included in the mix are fruit punch, Mango Madness, cranberry raspberry, pink lemonade, and kiwi strawberry.

For those interested, the new product is kosher certified! (Via Candy&SnackToday)


Snapple: New Bottle Design

Always being a fan of Snapple drinks, it was quite interesting to learn that the brand will be introducing a revamped bottle design after 37 years. The new look will maintain the clever and light-hearted personality of we’ve come to expect, but they’re striving for a more “premium, mature execution”. The bottle itself will be sleeker, beveled out with a new “S” script and a more natural-inspired label. Their “Real Facts” are still included on the inner side of every cap. Drink on! (Thx CtotheJL)