|Why the Pepsi logos?|
Every wonder why it is hard to find a drinking water fountain (faucet) at UBC? In my memory, this dates back to 1995 when a lot of the water fountains had signs added warning about water quality and advising that the tap should be left running for at least a minute to ensure you were not drinking contaminated water. There's a lot to unpack in this.
The University of British Columbia had entered into a confidential exclusive campus-wide deal with Coca-Cola. It also had an exclusive deal with Canadian Airlines (R.I.P.) that in turn had an exclusive deal with Pepsi-Cola to serve only beverages from Pepsi on its flights.
I always wondered whether, when I was on a flight I had booked through UBC, I should accept a Pepsi from the flight attendants in keeping with UBC's exclusive with Canadian Airlines or instead demand a Coke in keeping with UBC's exclusive agreement with Coca-Cola.
My actual preference is Coke, so I guess I failed the Pepsi Challenge (watch Pepsi CEO John Scully discuss the battle between Pepsi and Coke if you don' remember this), but I have a strong dislike for exclusive marketing deals made by public institutions. Hence the Pepsi logos on my website.
I think this anecdote, from an analysis of the Coke-Pepsi rivalry, says a lot about how seriously held people's opinions are about Coke vs. Pepsi.
I do drink Pepsi from time to time. The photo on the left is me when I was about two years old near Aliso Creek in Laguna Beach, where my grandparents had a house on Aliso Circle overlooking PCH and the beach below. Maybe if I had not drunk so much Coke and Pepsi over the years I would still be as skinny as I was then.
Go back and click on the link for “exclusive campus-wide deal” if you want to read more in The Ubyssey about the UBC-Coke agreement and how it might affect obesity and free access to drinking water on campus.