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Why Costco Once Stopped Selling Coca-Cola
By Angel Albring
It's hard to imagine a world without Coca-Cola, and it seems there is some type of product produced by the Coca-Cola company everywhere you go. However, this was once not the case at Costco, because the grocer refused to sell Coca-Cola products.
Typical stores will order a certain number of cases of Coke products, but a company that sells in bulk, like Costco, can buy more at one time. In return, Costco asks for discounts since they are bringing in higher sales — but Coca-Cola once refused to give the discounts that Costco wanted, so the retailer refused to sell Coke products.
Costco pulled all Coca-Cola products for several months in 2009 because Coca-Cola would not give Costco the wholesale discounts it wanted, and eventually, Coke gave in. However, harmony between the brands didn’t last, as in 2013, Costco replaced all Coke products with Pepsi products in its food courts, although you can still buy Coke in bulk there.