Today my fiance wanted Arby’s for lunch, and when your wife-to-be wants a horse meat sandwich with some fries and mozzarella sticks, who am I to argue?
Well when I pulled up to the drive-thru and placed my order with the usual Pepsi for her, and Mountain Dew for me, you can imagine the surprise I had when the voice on the other end told me, “I’m sorry, but we no longer offer Pepsi.”
Sure enough, I looked up at the menu board and there was the usual list of Coke products in the spots where Pepsi had previously been. GAME CHANGER.
So I decided to do some research, and very quietly last summer it was announced that Arby’s would indeed be switching to Coke products sometime in the first quarter of 2018. That day was evidently today. Or maybe it was a few days ago, I don’t know, it had been at least a week since I was last at Arby’s.
In this fast food junkie’s opinion, this is a great move for both sides. For Arby’s you get a better drink to go with your wonderful, delicious, good food made quickly sandwiches, and for Coke, it’s just another way of edging Pepsi out in the fast food market.
The move also makes sense for Arby’s because it’s parent company, which includes Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s, is based out of Atlanta, where Coke is. It’s a natural fit, and gives Coke its product in more than 3,000 new locations across the country.
As for Pepsi, their reach in the fast food world dwindles, the only place I can think of off the top of my head that still serves its products is Taco Bell, and that’s as much do with their great Mtn. Dew products, and not so much original Pepsi. Arby’s and Pepsi had been together for more than 10 years before this switch.
So yeah, if you’re in the mood for a horse meat sandwich covered in spray cheese and want a GOOD drink to go with it, by switching to Coke, Arby’s has become the place for you!