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Recently, in an effort to compete with Coca-Cola co. & to appeal to a new generation of consumers, PepsiCo. retired their long time lemon-lime soda Sierra Mist, & replaced it with Starry. Starry is supposed to compete with long time rival Sprite in addition to the above. And PepsiCo has gone all out to make it work. If one doesn’t believe so, retiring the Sierra Mist name is a big indication in of itself. Starry’s graphics are appealing. The bottle is not clouded like generic lemon-lime soda. It’s so clear you can see the bubbles in it, the graphics have a nice font, & on the bottle, there is a giant two-tone colored lemon-lime that looks like Nintendo’s Kirby waving if you look at it long enough. However this is where the appeal ends.
This soda tastes super flat & generic from the moment you open the bottle. Companies like PepsiCo. should know how to think like the common man when marketing and designing their new products. But when you’re a multi-billion dollar company, finding this is Holy Grail is like finding a needle in a haystack. Not all generations are the same, & Gen Z is the children of the Michael Jackson worshipping kids of PepsiCo.’s 1980’s hey day.
If one’s going to buy a 20oz. bottle of soda for $3, make sure it tastes as appealing as everything else that’s going for it at the minimum. The taste of the product is crucial. And this is where PepsiCo. seems to be struggling. Starry is their New Coke/Coke II. It tastes like a diet sweetener-charged lemon-lime nightmare. The Sugar-free Zero-flavored one is even worse. The taste falls flat on its face. And this will only hurt PepsiCo. in time if it’s not improved. I personally have never put something this lifeless & gas-charged down my own throat. The Taste Falls Flat on its Face. 1/5.
Sierra Mist Zero was very refreshing, light with great flavor. There was never enough on the shelf at the store especially when there would be a sale for buy 3 get 1 free & there were 2 on the shelf. It could have been more successful if you would have stocked it! We will not support any Pepsi products moving forward - Coke has our business now even though we would rather Sierra Mist. Horrible business move! Only reason this rating got is because it made me to submit.
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Anticipated Starry experience, but was disappointed with flavor in plastic bottle. Nowhere near the flavor of Sprite or 7 Up. Tasted like a watereddown version of lemon lime soda. Had previously inquired about distribution of predecessor, Sierra Mist, and was told PepsiCo was trying to keep up with demand since Covid. Starry was all but days from debuting in local store(s). I will choose Sprite and 7up before Starry, and will continue to drink Mountain Dew and Pepsi.
I have been a drinker of Pepsi Max for years. I have always enjoyed it. It was a closest thing that tasted like Pepsi without all the sugar. Now they have a new and improved version of the Pepsi Zero, it is awful it is like drinking Diet Pepsi. If I wanted to drink Diet Pepsi I'd buy Diet Pepsi. Diet Pepsi is flat and has an aftertaste. The new improved Pepsi Zero is flat and has an aftertaste. Please back bring back the original formula. I don't understand why anyone feels they need to improve things all the time. Leave well enough alone!
December 31 2022 purchased a 12 pack Mountain Dew, got it chilled, cracked and it tasted as if it was a SQUIRT SODA. I am a devoted fan to the Mountain Dew product and this ain't nothing like the bite the Mountain Dew gives. How can I trust your product the next time for me to purchase?
For the past 12 years Pepsi Zero Sugar (formerly Pepsi Max) has been my favorite soda and also the only diet cola I enjoy. I saw recently that they changed the formula and cut the caffeine in half and removed the ginseng and from what everyone said, it tastes awful. It now tastes more like a flat Diet Pepsi, hardly any carbonation now. Whereas before it was full of carbonation and tasted a lot like regular Pepsi. I can't understand why they did this and how they think this is an improvement. I've had generic diet cola that tastes far better than the new Pepsi Zero Sugar.
A few people have speculated that perhaps the original Pepsi Zero Sugar (formerly Pepsi Max) will return and be rebranded again as Pepsi Max while this new Pepsi Zero Sugar will be the new rebrand and new name for Diet Pepsi seeing as how most sodas are dropping the 'diet' in their name for 'zero sugar'. Something about this younger generation that doesn't like the word diet.
There is also another speculation that PepsiCo changed Pepsi Zero Sugar so they could take the original and rebrand it as an energy drink and sell it individually in 16 ounce cans, like with the Mountain Dew Energy drinks and at around $2 - $3 per can. This would explain why Zero Sugar had the caffeine dropped from 69mg to 38mg.
I am very dissatisfied with PepsiCo, you would think they'd learn what not to do like their rival Coca-Cola did in the 80's (New Coke), yet here they are doing the same exact thing. They also said that they are having record profits and expect to raise the prices even more, just because they can. It's ridiculous that a 12 pack of 12 ounce cans now goes for $7 - $8 when just a couple years ago they were $3. Greed at its best, and it seems like they are cutting costs on the products which is why there are so many reviews on here about new formulas that taste awful. I guess I'll have to cut out cola now.
Pepsico has changed their formula for 2 liter Pepsi and it is horrible. I have diarrhea when I drink it. I have loved Pepsi forever and am a diabetic, when my sugar dropped my Pepsi would bring it back up fast! Change it back to the original.
I drank a product of Pepsi and it was a nasty formula. Pepsi is racist and gave me a disgusting bottle of soda which I purchased because I was **. Please do yourself a favor and do not buy soda from these devils ever again!
I just spent an hour on the internet researching what's going on with the taste of Pepsi. I was completely shocked to see that the recipe had been changed. Why would you change the recipe?! It appears on here that there are many MANY disgruntled consumers just like me complaining of the horrible taste. No fizz, it's flat, less sweet, tastes of metal, ECT. I'm 45 and have been a lifetime drinker of your product but am reconsidering my choices. I have already cut my daily soda intake in half bc it's just not enjoyable any longer. I ask that you please reconsider your decision to "tweak" the recipe and you return to the original Pepsi recipe! In a world of so much sadness and negativity please don't take away what little joys we do have!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS.
I've been a Pepsi drinker for 30 years. Something in the manufacturing of the plastic bottles must have changed, causing a foul smell and a change in taste of the Pepsi. It makes you nauseated if you drink it. What is going on with Pepsi?
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