Coca-Cola: No ‘Kosher For Pesach’ Coke In California


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cokeCoca-Cola may be missing from Passover feasts for the second year in a row in California.

The Coca-Cola Co. said Thursday it once again won’t be able to make “kosher for Passover” versions of its flagship cola this year because of manufacturing changes that were made in the state.

A spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based company said in an email that Coca-Cola has made “good progress” in developing kosher for Passover drinks in the state but that it’s still monitoring the shelf stability of those products for quality assurance.

She said they should be available next year.

Coke directed its suppliers last year to change the way they manufacture caramel to reduce levels of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI, after California listed it as a carcinogen. Regular Coca-Cola is sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup in the United States, but the Passover version is made with sugar.



  1. The chassidish hashkafah is not to avoid even products derived from kitniyos in addition to mamash kitniyos so this yellow-capped coke would never get a good chassideshe hashgacha which many frum yidden in California would demand

  2. 1. Hate to break it to you but your love for chasidish hashkofa and all that malarky just don’t fly in California. You think the world revolves around heimishe hechsherim – most of which can’t hold a candle to the likes of the OU, Ok, Kof-K, cRc, etc – but it really really doesn’t.

  3. the kosher stores have…because they shipped it in from the East Coast. the non kosher chain supermarkets do not have. for those looking at the big picture, many more modern orthodox and less religous that would buy the kosher L’Pesach version will just buy regular soda now. that is a chaval!

  4. Of course it’s not true! The Gravitsky family in L.A. always makes sure there’s something for every Sweet Tooth even on Pesach!
    They even imported a Rabbi from Israel this year to make sure it runs smoothly. Reb Yoel is making sure it’s all Kosher v’Osher.