Mexican Coke

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A bottle of Mexican Coke.
A bottle of Mexican Coke.

In the United States of America, Mexican Coke (Spanish: Coca Cola de México) or, informally, "MexiCoke",[1] refers to Coca-Cola produced in and imported from Mexico.[2]

Although intended for consumption in Mexico, Mexican Coke has become popular in the United States because of a flavor that fans call "a lot more natural tasting".[2] While many believe the primary difference in flavor between Mexican Coke and the American Coca Cola recipe is that Mexican Coke is sweetened using cane sugar as opposed to high-fructose corn syrup, a scientific analysis of Mexican Coke found no sucrose (standard sugar) in its sample of Mexican Coke, but instead found fructose and glucose at similar levels (5.4 and 5.0 respectively).[3] This indicates that sucrose was added originally and then broke down into fructose and glucose. Coca-Cola claims that Mexican Coke exported to the United States is made with cane sugar, while some bottlers may use high-fructose corn syrup for drinks intended for sale in Mexico.[4]


Coca-Cola opened its first bottling franchise in Mexico in the 1920s with Grupo Tampico,[5] and then Grupo ARMA.[6]

Taste tests[edit]

In taste tests, tasters have noted that the Mexican Coke has "a more complex flavor with an ineffable spicy and herbal note",[7] and that it contained something "that darkly hinted at root beer or old-fashioned sarsaparilla candies".[7] Some have suggested that the flavor resembles that of the kola nut.[7][8]


Mexican Coke is bottled in a thick 355 mL or 500 mL glass bottle, which some have described in contrast to the American Coke plastic bottles as being "more elegant, with a pleasingly nostalgic shape".[7] Instead of having a vinyl label wrapped around plastic, an enamel label is painted directly on the glass bottle. Some exporters of Mexican Coke include a small paper sticker attached to meet the requirements of U.S. nutritional facts labelling and to add their contact information.

U.S. availability[edit]

Stores selling Mexican Coke often also sell imported Sprite, Fanta orange soda, and Jarritos with refined cane sugar alongside this Coke type.[citation needed]

The World of Coca-Cola sells Mexican Coke in its gift store, and it is now widely distributed in the United States in stores and online.[citation needed]

New Zealand[edit]

A similar phenomenon exists in New Zealand, where Coca-Cola is available both bottled locally (sweetened with sugar) and imported from the United States (with high-fructose corn syrup).[9]


  1. ^ Phillips, Matt; Ferdman, Roberto A. (November 4, 2013). "A New Tax Might Cost Mexicoke Its Signature Sugar". The Atlantic. 
  2. ^ a b Walker, Rob (2009-10-11). "Cult Classic". New York Times. 
  3. ^ Ventura, Emily E.; Davis, Jaimie N.; Goran, Michael I. (April 2011). "Sugar Content of Popular Sweetened Beverages Based on Objective Laboratory Analysis: Focus on Fructose Content". Obesity 19 (4): 868–874. doi:10.1038/oby.2010.255. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Choi, Candice (Nov 6, 2013). "Mexican Coke in US Will Still Use Cane Sugar". ABC News. Associated Press. 
  5. ^ James R. Davis, Adelaide B. Davis Effective training strategies 1998 p312 "The first Coca-Cola bottling company in Mexico, Grupo Tampico, with eighty-three years of history, operates a series of gas stations, computer stores, automotive retailers, hotels, and radio stations, and they still distribute Coca-Cola"
  6. ^ Leendert Andrew de Bell Globalization, regional development and local response 2005 p68 "Starting out in the late 1920s as a small factory for ice cream and soft drinks, the company acquired one of Mexico's first franchises to bottle soft drinks under license of the Coca-Cola Company in the 1930s. In the following decades, operations ..."
  7. ^ a b c d Sexton, Jule (2010-02-22). "Mexican Coke Hits the County: A Blind Taste Test". Westchester Magazine. Today Media, Inc. 
  8. ^ Michael Dear Why Walls Won't Work: Repairing the US-Mexico Divide 2013 "I can buy Mexican-made Coca-Cola in many Berkeley stores, which is much more flavorful than its US counterpart ..."
  9. ^ Steward, Ian (June 26, 2011). "American Coke fails Kiwi tastebud test". Stuff. Fairfax Media. 

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