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Americans still love their lemonade, although perhaps not as much as they once did. Consumption of soft drinks has been declining in recent years, falling from over 45 gallons per person annually in 2010 to less than 39 gallons in 2018, the study found Statistics. Nonetheless, they remain one of the most coveted beverages in the US, ranking only behind bottled water.
From vending machines to convenience stores, you’ll find all the big brands from Coca-Cola and Pepsi to Dr. Pepper and Sprite. But it’s in the supermarket where you’ll find the greatest variety, often including private label soft drinks that rival the best.
If you’ve always wanted to try a new brand or flavor of soda and are wondering where to shop, these grocery chains might be a good place to start.
Southeastern regional grocery chain Winn-Dixie offers one of the widest ranges of soft drink flavors available under its own brand Chek. Chek flavors run the gamut from club soda and ginger ale to grape, green apple, strawberry and Kountry Mist. The house brand scores big nostalgia points as a fan shared on Reddit how “Chek was always at the BBQ in the ’90s.” Another specifically exclaimed: “That strawberry check[sic] always hitting different.” In addition to its many Chek flavors, the retailer also carries Cheerwine, the popular cherry-flavored soft drink that’s rare to find outside of the South.
Texas-based grocery chain HEB is the supermarket of choice for many locals. Whether it’s the affordable prices or tasty private label products, HEB has done a little better than most grocery chains. As one Redditor reminds us, “A good private label is just as good as the more expensive brands.” And when it comes to HE-B’s soft drinks, another user chimed in, adding, “HEB private label, everything is great!” The retailer regularly releases seasonal sodas like Watermelon Slice and Pumpkin Creme. But it’s perhaps best known for its Old Fashioned Root Beer flavor. One Redditor shared, “Honestly like the other day I tried a root beer and now I want to buy all of that when I go out for lunch.”
When it comes to soft drinks, Walmart’s Great Value brand lives up to its name. A 2-liter bottle is just $1.18 online, with flavors ranging from orange to pineapple. A fan on Reddit particularly recommends the diet flavors, which include vanilla, root beer, and lemon-lime. But it’s the Great Value Cream Soda that seems to be garnering the most attention online, with one Redditor noting that it “[l]Definitely one of the best cream sodas.” Another commented, “Great Value has some really good sodas,” he was quoted as saying Root Beer, Mountain Lightning and Dr. Thunder, below.
Whole Foods might not be the first grocery chain you think of when shopping for their soda selection. After all, the health-conscious supermarket attaches great importance to offering products without artificial flavors. But with Whole Foods’ 365 brand and unique brands like Olipop, it’s no wonder shoppers buy their soft drinks there. One fan on Reddit described 365’s Cherry Vanilla Creme flavor as a “personal favorite,” while another added, “It’s really good, I enjoy it on a nice ice cream and it’s nice.”
Like its Warehouse Club competitor Costco, Walmart-owned Sam’s Club offers its own brand of products, such as the retailer’s Sam’s Cola. One of the biggest selling points is the affordable price. One fan on Reddit shared, “I don’t know about it now, but growing up I loved that you could get these for 25 cents from the vending machines outside of Walmart. At that price, you couldn’t afford NOT to get one.” Though many fans on Reddit noted that Sam’s Choice vending machines have disappeared over the years, Sam’s Club still sells the “fucking cheap” soda, like it a Redditor describes, at prices too good to pass up.
If you’re looking for unique soda, check if there’s an H-Mart near you. The Asian supermarket chain sells all kinds of products that you won’t find in your average US supermarket. This includes carbonated soft drinks in a variety of flavors, including mango, watermelon and calamansi. One Redditor specifically recommends the store’s cream soda and apple soda products.
Publix is a fan favorite for many reasons, including its line of private label products. Under the Publix brand you can find almost any food, including a variety of soda flavors. To top it off, Publix soda comes at a great price that will win over many buyers. One Redditor shared, “For 75 cents 2 liters they’re not bad at all. The root beer is good and the cola is really good.” Another noted, “I would say that all of their dark sodas (especially Black Cherry, Coke, Dr Publix) are well worth the price.”
Of all the national grocery chains out there, you can surely count on Trader Joe’s for selling unique products that you can’t find anywhere else. That’s because the company focuses almost exclusively on its own-brand products, although some smaller brands have been known to appear on store shelves as well. Although you may find it difficult to find an exact copy of Coca-Cola or Dr. Finding Pepper, Trader Joe’s has other fizzy drinks that fans love. One Redditor pointed out, “The ginger brew is top notch.” Another argued that “the best TJ drink is DEF, the sparkling pomegranate drink.” GREAT.”
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