After reading that Costco was now importing Coca-Cola made in Mexico with pure cane sugar instead of the high fructose corn syrup used when bottled in the United States, I picked some up when it finally became available at my local warehouse. The cost is outrageously high (75¢ per bottle vs. 25¢/can for the American-made stuff. Perhaps Costco is unable to buy direct from the Mexican bottler at the heavy discounts afforded it within the United States, or perhaps Costco knows a great booster for Costco's margin when they see one. Given that sugar on the world market costs even less than corn syrup in the U.S., at first I was leaning to the latter explanation. But then I remembered that U.S. bottlers of coke retain all distribution rights within the U.S.A., just as the Mexican bottlers reserve those rights within Mexico, so it sounds moe plausible that Costco is paying much more to bypass the distribution system regulations to get the product. Either way, I expect someone may be complaining about illegal Mexicans of another kind some time soon, if they are not already.
Some friends are getting together on Sunday and our idea is to conduct a "blind" taste test of sugary Coke and corny Coke. Until then,
Vive la différence!
¡Viva La Revolución!
(...Err, never mind that last one.)