BYU to sell caffeinated soft drinks on campus, starting today

Sep 24, 2017, 00:32
BYU to sell caffeinated soft drinks on campus, starting today

Mormon-church owned Brigham Young University in Utah is reversing its six-decade ban on selling caffeinated soft drinks on its campus. The Idaho outpost of BYU says, unlike the Provo campus, they haven't been inundated with requests to allow the sale of caffeinated drinks.

Non-caffeinated sodas will continue to be offered on the Provo campus.

Monahan said he isn't quite sure to what extent the decision will affect his business, as Dr. Pepper is the company's highest seller.

That is, until 2012, when Mitt Romney's presidential run spurred the Church to release an official statement that it "does not prohibit the use of caffeine".

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The campus has a contract with Coca-Cola and will be installing the "freestyle" dispensers around campus.

BYU has been "caffeine-free" since the 1950's.

According to the BBC, the move came as a surprise as the largest Mormon college in the U.S. has ensured it was "caffeine-free" since the 1950s.

Even before this change, there was at least one way to get a Coke on campus.

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A BYU-Idaho representative told KIFI/KIDK, the administrations does not have plans to allow caffeinated sodas in the future.

"Did I just buy the first-ever caffeinated Coke Zero Sugar sold in #BYU's Wilkinson Student Center?" he tweeted.

Amber Whiteley said she used to get nasty looks when she brought Mountain Dew to campus when she was a BYU student almost a decade ago.

Brigham Young University is the largest Mormon college in the United States, boasting 33,363 total enrollment in 2016, meaning that this announcement has made a lot of people very happy.

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"You youths will never understand the struggle we went through", Whiteley wrote jokingly in a Facebook post.