No Pesach Coca Cola in California This Year


Kosher consumers here that were expecting to find Coca Cola for Pesach on supermarket shelves were disappointed to learn that the coveted beverage would not be available this year in the State of California due to a quirk in the law that would make the ingredients unacceptable.

In a statement, Coca Cola said: “We will not be able to offer Kosher for Passover products in California this year. We expect to offer Kosher for Passover products in 2013.”

Coca Cola explained that “the new alternative process caramel required to meet the State of California’s guidelines related to Proposition 65 does not meet the Kosher for Passover requirements. We believe it will in 2013.”

Meanwhile in Chicago, products produced by Pepsi Cola had two different kosher certifications, the Kof-K and US Kosher, based in California. The latter was distributed by independent wholesalers while the company itself distributed the Kof-K products.

But even in states where Coca Cola is available with an OU-P for Pesach, it will only be available in Regular and Diet flavors (not even a Caffeine-Free version).

Aside from the New York metropolitan area, Coke will be available in Boston, Baltimore-Washington, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, and Philadelphia.

This year, in New York, Coca Cola items will be made with an OU-P in 2 liter bottles.

Several retailers reached by KosherToday said that customers were growing increasingly frustrated at the slim pickings offered by Coke. Pepsi on the other hand was offering Kof-K kosher Passover beverages that included a Caffeine-Free version of regular and diet Pepsi. In addition Pepsi was also producing Passover versions of Seven-Up, Sierra Mist, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Lemon-Lime Seltzer, Mandarin Orange Seltzer and regular seltzer. It was also offering a variety of Dr. Brown’s flavors.

(Source: Kosher Today)


  1. Hope you people in the land of fruits & nuts (aka Mexifornia) are happy about liberalism run amuck. The fact that you have let the food police run wild is a problem I hope you are happy with.

    I hope you enjoy your water this year. Oh! What was I thinking you can’t have that either because of some teeny weeny itsy bitzy non existent snail! Nut cases!!

  2. if someone can’t live without Coke (drink) for one week then they need their head examined. Oy gevalt how spoiled we are in today’s society. Pesach is a a yom tov and not a prison sentence.

    And don’t make fun of a snail that might be in the water. I do not drink water,eat strawberries,cranberries, broccoli, coli-flower,tomatoes, and many other foods and vegetables because there might be a worm in the food.

  3. Oy nebach….ya know what, when I’ll have a spare moment, I’ll feel really bad for you.

    Okay, ready? NOW! “AWWWWWW”.

    There, we ALL feel better now!!!!

  4. #2 Don’t confuse Orthodox Jews that live there with the Liberal society that they live in. Orthodox Jews around the world tend to be Conservatives.

  5. Boruch HaShem for Proposition 65! It monitors and regulates Heavy metals like Mercury, Arsenic & Cadmium in the water, And it was enacted with a very conservative Governor 1986, George Deukmejian.

  6. Baruch Hashem! At least in California we can stop ingesting 17 teaspoons of sugar per 8 ounces and enjoy a Chag that does not use every work around possible to make sure that the Taam of Pesach is not the Taam of Pesach.

  7. Mark I wish you and your family a happy and Kosher Pesach. Yes we have Coke here in LA, not sure why YN said we do not. But what is more upsetting is putting a place of Makom Torah! Los Angels is not Erezt Yisroel , however, the Frum Yidden here are wonderful people. Please do not put a place down, if you do not live here. It serves no purposes. Chag Samemaya


    After the recent report on 60 MINUTES about sugar being one of the most sickening items in our digestive system, LUCKY IS THE ONE WHO GTS OFF ALL SUGAR SODAS AND SWEET CAKES ETC. THE WHOLE YEAR LONG. ADDICTS – BEWARE!

  9. One can live without Coke, even for longer than a week, but the California law is still ridiculous. It has no basis in either logic or science. It contradicts the most basic rule of toxicology: that the dose makes the poison. There is simply no reason in the world to suppose that the foods it bans are in any way harmful.