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Wink in Cans!!!

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I think Estufarian is out of the country right now, but I am sure that he would be thrilled to know that the "new" Wink has become available in cans. I saw it in the grocery store this morning.

For those of you who missed it, it is worth reading the thread that starts at the link below.

I raise my glass!

Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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  1. With a dash of gin in it, I hope! ;)

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    1. Apologies for resurrecting my pet peeve - but a new sighting has occurred.
      Those who followed the earlier thread will know that 'C-plus Wink' (its current identity) has been designated a Christmas drink (for cans only) and is only available between November and February.
      But yesterday it was on the shelf in Sobey's in cans! Just in time - I was down to only 1 full case from my February cache.

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      1. re: estufarian

        Which Sobey's store? I haven't seen Wink in a long time.

        1. re: nmhinch

          I found it at St Clair (just east of Yonge) - but I cleaned them out on friday of what was on the shelf.

        1. They also sell them at all the larger Shopper's Drug mart now too...


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          1. re: qtxniki

            Also found it at Dominion.
            Apparently we are now "officially" in the Christmas season - or to be more politically correct the 'holiday' season (as during the original thread I discovered that Wink is kosher, although apparently the C-Plus Orange is not).

          2. I went to 3 Shoppers and 2 Dominions and the old/new Hy and Zel's (whatever the name of this place is now) and I still cannot find Wink in cans. I was able to find a bottle of it at one Dominion store and that was it. The store clerk pointed me towards the Tropicana Twister and said that it was Wink. Anyone have any knowledge of where this stuff is located? I'm in South Etobicoke. Thanks.

            1. Just a reminder that Wink Twist in cans is now considered a seasonal product and (based on the last 3 years) will soon disappear until October/November.
              Until feb 2nd it is on sale at the various Loblaws-controlled chains at $10 for 3 cases (of 12), so now is the time to stock up.

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              1. re: estufarian

                This summer I was unable to find Wink Twist in cans OR BOTTLES in the Brockville (1000 Islands) area, a new disturbing sign. Have you folks been seeing at least the bottles in the Toronto area? I'm a seasonal resident desperate for resupply...

                1. re: BrianReynolds

                  Oh dear... further research indicates Cadbury has discontinued Wink entirely. How do we start a letter-writing campaign?


                  1. re: BrianReynolds

                    This is terrible news! How can a disgusting product like Cherry Vanilla Coke exist, but Wink discontinued?

                    I thought it was just my Loblaws store trying to carry more PC pop and less brand name stuff.

                    I guess I will be making a trip to Soda Pop Central in Whitby for Squirt!


                    1. re: BrianReynolds

                      Bought 4 cases of cans yesterday (leaving another 6 cases on the shelf). Not sure whether this is a "last gulp" or whether it was the large bottles that have been discontinued (haven't seen those recently).
                      HMM. Maybe sell them a can at a time on eBay!

                      1. re: estufarian

                        And just found the cans at a 'No Frills' also

                        1. re: estufarian

                          Guys!! Just bought 4 cases at Mansfield General Store, plenty left for everyone else!!
                          If you don't know where this is..
                          Airport rd, north of highway 89.
                          Hurry, or I might have to go back and buy the rest for myself lol

                          1. re: wink_gink

                            I've been getting mine at Sobeys - but only some outlets stock it.
                            Last year, for the first time in a few years it was available right through the year (if you looked hard enough). I guess they've had another change in brand managers.

                              1. re: philly cheeze

                                Bought some on Friday (on sale this week) at the outlet on Dupont (@Shaw).

                                1. re: philly cheeze

                                  I'm sure it's far too far out of your way, but all locations in Oshawa / Whitby stock it. It's my favourite beverage (non-alcoholic, of course :) )

                                  1. re: Bueno

                                    I just visited the Sobeys store in both Oshawa and Whitby and found nothing... Not even any indication that they usually carry it. Has anyone seen it there in the past couple of months?

                                    1. re: wordnerd28

                                      I know I seem to be monopolizing this thread, but I've found the same thing. I relaxed when I found Wink during March and April (it used to disappear around end of Feb), but I haven't seen any anywhere for about 6 weeks now. Some places still have the bottles (but not all) but the cans are MIA.

                                      1. re: estufarian

                                        Where have you seen bottles? I'm desperately trying to find some for a friend!

                                        1. re: wordnerd28

                                          I'll keep my eyes open. None at Sobeys recently - but they do have their in-store Brand (Compliments) of Red Grapefruit in cans. Not a perfect substitute, but on sale this week at $2.99 for 12 cans. At that price worth a try.

                                            1. re: wordnerd28

                                              I noticed that Grocerygateway.com has Wink in bottles, so I presume that Longo's must carry Wink in bottles, but I don't know about cans... I agree with estufarian, the Sobeys store brand of pink grapefruit pop is a decent substitute, the Loblaws brand not so much.

                                              I have not had a chance to get to a Longo's so if anyone sees any in cans please let us know!

                                              1. re: LovelyAsia

                                                And the Loblaw brand only comes in bottles, now. They eliminated the cans (although the diet version survives in cans - but I just cannot drink the diet version).
                                                Haven't checked Longo's recently - they used to carry a sparkling grapefruit with an Italian name (but produced in Canada -
                                                ?Brampton) - but it was discontinued.

                                                1. re: estufarian

                                                  Just tried the new Loblaws sparkling grapefruit imported from Italy... it was bitter, but good, but still not the Wink that I miss so much!

                  2. hello we are in Quebec and dying to find the precious nectar can anyone tell me where it is sold? and under what name?thanks!

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                    1. re: mikky

                      I don't know if it will be the same in Quebec, but in Ontario it is currently labeled as: CPlus Wink Twist. If your store carries CPlus Orange, ask them for the Wink Twist flavour.

                    2. Grocery Gateway has stopped carrying Wink! Gah! I called Canada Dry which are owned by Dr. Pepper and they say it has NOT been discontinued.

                      Maybe if all of the Wink fans in Toronto requested it at one grocery store they would start carrying it again?

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                      1. re: LovelyAsia

                        See my Jan 31, 2007 post above! Wink is now a seasonal product. All being well it will reappear around Nov1st. - unless they get a new product manager, of course, when it will be introduced as "New, Improved, Wink Twist Plus".

                        1. re: estufarian

                          That's strange. I would think that Wink would be more popular in the Summer. It's a great mixer for gin or rum on a hot summer day.

                          1. re: estufarian

                            I will start watching for it in November - where do you buy it when it is available estufarian?

                            1. re: LovelyAsia

                              Typically I get it at Sobey's - because its closest to me. Only Loblaws seems to avoid it completely as they (theoretically) have their own brand of grapefruit - except that's NEVER available in cans, only the 2-litre bottles.

                              1. re: estufarian

                                Which Sobey's do you use? If we all start asking them for Wink in November maybe it will ensure they bring lots in! :)

                                1. re: LovelyAsia

                                  Whichever has them! Typically Dupont @ Shaw.

                                  1. re: estufarian

                                    I had a bottle of Ting from Mr. Jerk yesterday and it was better than I remembered, so hopefully it will keep me from going crazy without Wink!

                                    I contacted Dr Pepper Snapple and they sent me the phone number to locate products by zip code, sadly it only works in the US... and I could not find any stores in NY state that carry it - for some reason it is popular in North Carolina though. ??

                        2. If Wink is seasonal and only available at Christmas time when should we start watching for it? I asked the manager at my local Metro and he said that Coca Cola distributes Cplus products in Ontario and that the sales rep does not even have Wink listed for order.

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                          1. re: LovelyAsia

                            Typically Nov 1st (but may not reach the shelves for a couple of weeks).
                            As to who 'distributes it' - that seems to be one of the food industry's most closely guarded secrets.
                            See the link in the original post for the mysterious story.

                            1. re: estufarian

                              For some strange reason you can easily find Wink in North and South Carolina... it is popular there. When I called Dr. Pepper Snapple they gave me a number to call with an automated product locator system - but it only works in the US.

                              I was just in upstate NY and had hoped to find some Wink but no luck - the stores and the store locator came up empty - the best I could find was Squirt - which is not as good.

                              When I tried random zip codes in the Carolina's the automated system said were many stores that carried Wink... are they keeping it all for themselves???

                              There is an online store called hometownfavorites.com that sells Wink in 1 liter bottles but to pay to ship it up to Canada would be crazy expensive!

                              Hubby and I are getting a little obsessed... I do hope it shows up in local stores soon!

                              1. re: LovelyAsia

                                estufarian - have you found any wink yet this year?

                                1. re: LovelyAsia

                                  Not a single sighting - I planned on calling Cadburys before I posted. Just been too busy - negotiating their phone system is a nightmare!

                                  1. re: estufarian

                                    Cadbury? I thought Cplus was owned by Dr. Pepper Snapple group?

                                    The last time I called Dr. Pepper Snapple I was told that Wink was available I just had to ask my local store to carry it, when I asked the manager at my local Metro they said Coca Cola distributed Cplus and did not have Wink on their list so he could not even order it - he has received many requests from customers he said. Loblaws would not even try to bring it in. :/

                                    Dr. Pepper Snapple gave me a phone number to call for their product locator service but it only works in the US... I had hoped to find it when I went down to NY but no luck... the only place that seems to carry it is North Carolina?

                                    I had to settle for Squirt, and it really is inferior to even the Cplus Wink which is not the same as the old school Wink. I guess I better go get some Ting....