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US Airports With Exclusive Soda Contracts  
User currently offlineFWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3733 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5846 times:

It's often debated on here whether airlines should serve Coke or Pepsi. But what about the airports?

I know from connecting through them that CLE, DTW, and DFW all have exclusive Pepsi contracts (though DFW has an exemption for McDonald's). On the other side, my home airport FWA is a strict Coke airport with the exception of one lone pre-security Pepsi vending machine.

Are there any other airports that have taken sides in the cola wars?


Primary Airport: FWA/Alternate Airport: DTW/Not employed by the FWACAA or their partners
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User currently offlineMainliner From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5786 times:

No idea really, but just guessing ATL is overwhelmingly Coke?


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User currently offlinedlramp4life From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 928 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5709 times:

Could it have to do with airport food/retail vendors like HMS host for example....


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User currently offlinetoneale From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5689 times:

CLT is Coke. There is one or two places you can find a Pepsi (I have took pretty hard).

User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6471 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5633 times:

Quoting Mainliner (Reply 1):
No idea really, but just guessing ATL is overwhelmingly Coke?

Yep, ATL is mostly Coke, with only a few exceptions. PHX is also primarily Coke.



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User currently offlineFWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3733 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5544 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 4):

Quoting Mainliner (Reply 1):
No idea really, but just guessing ATL is overwhelmingly Coke?

Yep, ATL is mostly Coke, with only a few exceptions.

Which makes me think: wouldn't it be funny if PepsiCo paid big bucks to make Pepsi the exclusive beverage at the home airport of Coke? Stranger things have happened.

Quoting dlramp4life (Reply 2):


Could it have to do with airport food/retail vendors like HMS host for example....

Unless an airport has a contract with Pepsi, HMSHost always uses Coke, as the two (and parent company Autogrill) have a partnership. This is true even for HMSHost-run outposts of chains like Sbarro and Quiznos that have Pepsi contracts.



Primary Airport: FWA/Alternate Airport: DTW/Not employed by the FWACAA or their partners
User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6471 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5270 times:

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 5):
Unless an airport has a contract with Pepsi, HMSHost always uses Coke, as the two (and parent company Autogrill) have a partnership. This is true even for HMSHost-run outposts of chains like Sbarro and Quiznos that have Pepsi contracts.

One of the rare exceptions at ATL is Villa Pizza in Concourse E, since I remember commenting about it last July when I connected at ATL and had pizza there.



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User currently offlinetimf From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 969 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5122 times:
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There are a few places at DTW that have exemptions to the Pepsi rule, including Burger King and Chili's.

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8897 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5074 times:

Quoting timf (Reply 7):
There are a few places at DTW that have exemptions to the Pepsi rule, including Burger King and Chili's.

The SkyClubs also have Coke products.


User currently offlineFWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3733 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5014 times:

Quoting timf (Reply 7):
There are a few places at DTW that have exemptions to the Pepsi rule, including Burger King and Chili's.

The DTW McDonald's serves Pepsi, so I thought that Burger King and Chili's weren't exempt from the DTW Pepsi rule.

FWIW, the Chili's locations at DFW all serve Pepsi.

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 8):
The SkyClubs also have Coke products.

I don't think the DTW Pepsi deal covers airport lounges - just restaurants and shops.



Primary Airport: FWA/Alternate Airport: DTW/Not employed by the FWACAA or their partners
User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4939 times:

Quoting Mainliner (Reply 1):
No idea really, but just guessing ATL is overwhelmingly Coke?

There are a handful of restaurants that serve Pepsi but they are few, far, and in between. All the vending machines, the gift shops, food courts is Coke.

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 5):
Which makes me think: wouldn't it be funny if PepsiCo paid big bucks to make Pepsi the exclusive beverage at the home airport of Coke? Stranger things have happened.

LOL. Coke would just outbid them!

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 9):
I don't think the DTW Pepsi deal covers airport lounges - just restaurants and shops.

Considering it}s a Delta SkyClub (the catering/beverages is provided by DL by way of GG) it would be Coke regardless of how the contract is written. Interestingly enough, the folks up north seem to like Coke products.



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User currently offlineLHCVG From United States of America, joined May 2009, 1552 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4897 times:

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 10):
Considering it}s a Delta SkyClub (the catering/beverages is provided by DL by way of GG) it would be Coke regardless of how the contract is written. Interestingly enough, the folks up north seem to like Coke products.

You know I was wondering about that - does the airline play trump because they obviously own and run the clubs, or does the facilities contract w/ Pepsi win because it covers everything at the airport? I ask because to my mind an airline club is actually part of the airport facility that the airline just happens lease for their own use, not much different from any restaurant, but at the same time, it IS a private section and not a public venue so I can't make heads or tails of which side wins.


User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6471 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4841 times:

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 10):
Considering it}s a Delta SkyClub (the catering/beverages is provided by DL by way of GG) it would be Coke regardless of how the contract is written. Interestingly enough, the folks up north seem to like Coke products.

Actually, DL uses LSG Sky Chefs at DTW. In terms of hubs, DL uses Gate Gourmet at ATL, LGA, MEM, and CVG, while DL uses LSG Sky Chefs at DTW, MSP, SLC, and JFK.



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