Today I went to the store for a two-liter Coke. When I got to the soda aisle, I noticed something odd.
The Coke bottles had black lids! Mind you, this was Coke Classic, not some Diet or promotional flavor. Just plain old Coke. My digital camera is pretty cheap, so here’s a wider shot that will hopefully illustrate it better:
I’ve been drinking Coke for a long time, and I’m pretty sure Coke bottle lids have been red since at least the 1990s. They may have been other colors at various times and places, but I’m so used to them being red that it’s a shock to see a sudden switch to black lids without any fanfare, especially since Coke has a habit of altering its appearance every few years to draw attention to itself. (Remember the period a few years ago when Coke had a stylized logo with a little yellow stripe running through it? That was a cool design while still being true to the old logo.) I noticed that some bottles on the shelf had black lids, while others toward the back had the normal red ones. Maybe it has something to do with a local bottler. Anyway, I thought I’d write about it while I still had the interest. In the comments, feel free to let me know if this sort of thing has happened in your neck of the woods.