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10-25-06, 02:54 PM #1
7-Eleven yanks 'Cocaine' drink
7-Eleven yanks 'Cocaine' drink
A drink with a suggestive name and provocative branding draws the wrath of young shoppers' parents.
What's in a name? Plenty, if you're the angry parent of a revved-up teenager hooked on a substance called … Cocaine.
Convenience-store operator 7-Eleven is now telling its franchise stores to pull a high-caffeine drink named Cocaine from their shelves, because the product's name and branding suggest another habit altogether.
The company acted after getting complaints from parents of teens, who are a big part of the drink's target audience.
"Our merchandising team believes the product's name promotes an image which we didn't want to be associated with," said Margaret Chabris, a spokeswoman for 7-Eleven.
Only after all the complaints, you idiot.
Cocaine comes in red cans, with the name spelled out in what are meant to resemble lines of white powder.
According to the label, each 8.4-fluid ounce can contains 280 milligrams of caffeine -- more jolt than a cup of coffee, a can of Coca-Cola or the leading energy drink, Red Bull -- but no actual cocaine.
The drink is made by Redux Beverages of Las Vegas, which markets it as "The legal alternative."
Hannah Kirby, the company's managing partner, said 7-Eleven stores didn't account for many sales of the drink. It hit shelves in New York and California in August and is now available in more than a half-dozen states, mostly in mom-and-pop convenience and liquor stores.
This isn't the first time Cocaine has been yanked. Some stores in the New York area pulled the drink after local politicians complained. It's all part of the company's plan to stand out in the fast-growing energy drink market.
"We knew the name was going to be provocative," said Kirby, whose husband, James, created the drink.
Kirby said the company wasn't glorifying an illegal drug in the eyes of its young consumers. "Kids understand the difference between a controlled substance and an energy drink," she said.
7-Eleven to its stores: Just say no
Chabris, the 7-Eleven spokeswoman, said the Dallas-based chain is recommending that franchisees not stock the drink.
Chabris said a vendor that isn't recommended by 7-Eleven "dropped the product off at some stores in Northern California." She said she didn't know how many stores carried it.
7-Eleven stores sell other energy drinks, which nutritionists warn can cause caffeine and sugar highs followed by crashing lows among kids who consume them -- sometimes several in a row.
Researchers in Chicago reported this month that they saw a surprisingly high number of cases of caffeine abuse over the past three years, including 12 percent that required hospital treatment. The average age of the victims was 21.
Sales and marketing my ass; this is just hire the handicapped --- brain dead.
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10-25-06, 05:59 PM #2
I saw a news report about a group of college students that have filed suit with the Patent Office to block the use of the name, since it glorifies an illegal substance.Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.
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10-25-06, 10:15 PM #3
10-26-06, 10:31 AM #4
Does the endless pursuit of crack leave you tired and depleted? Here's cocaine in a can, baby! Red Balls, it gives you...WINGS!!!!RIP Sarah Noll~11-8-87 to 4-17-08
10-26-06, 10:32 AM #5RIP Sarah Noll~11-8-87 to 4-17-08
10-26-06, 11:20 AM #6CopsRCool302 Guest
it's a real nice message to our kids.. NOT!!!
10-26-06, 11:58 AM #7
What a poor decision to name a drink that. I've heard stories of this drink but have yet to see it for sale anywhere. Even if I did, there's no way I would support the product. How can one honestly name a drink cocaine and not forsee any problems?! Idiots...Calm Like A Bomb...
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