Here’s Why ‘Diet’ Soda Is Disappearing From Store Shelves

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Have you noticed something different in the soda aisles at the stores you shop at recently?

You may have noticed some things were missing, such as sodas with the word ‘diet’ on certain products.

Well, that’s because diet sodas are on their way out, at least when it comes to the packaging and wording used.


From now on you’ll notice that instead of the word ‘diet’ you will now see ‘Zero Sugar’ on most of the no-calorie drinks out there.


The following Keurig Dr. Pepper products will now be labeled as ‘Zero Sugar’

  • Canada Dry
  • Schweppes ginger ales
  • 7Up
  • A&W
  • Sunkist

Dr. Pepper will still come in both the ‘diet’ as well as the ‘zero sugar’ versions.

Most of the drink companies with be making the same changes if they haven’t already.

Maybe Demi Lovato triggered something when she flipped out at the frozen yogurt shop over the ‘diet’ (sugar-free items) section…

Apparently, ‘diet’ is becoming a bad word or something, I don’t get it…

But Millennials and Gen Z-ers don’t like it, so I guess that means it has to change or something.

Younger people just don’t like the word ‘diet’. No Gen Z wants to be on a diet these days.

Greg Lyons, chief marketing officer at PepsiCo Beverages North America

The demand for diet drinks has grown over the years, but distaste for the wording has also increased.

It isn’t only millennials and Gen Z-ers… apparently taking out the word ‘diet’ makes way for a gender-free connection… apparently, men don’t like the word ‘diet’ and that is news to me.

Marketing is geared to a demographic, such as young people and the most macho of men, who see a stigma attached to the word diet.

Jim Watson, senior beverage analyst at Rabobank, told CNN Business

So with these new attitudes toward dieting, soda makers are removing the word to take down the emphasis on ‘diet’.

They’re the same drinks, but ok…

I just want to point out that using the word ‘diet’ isn’t focused on losing weight, a lot of people consume a special diet due to personal health issues or general choices.

Diet: The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats

Definition from Oxford Languages

Diet isn’t a dirty word…

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