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Wink in Cans!!!

Gourmando Nov 13, 2004 01:50 PM

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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    Markaroni RE: Gourmando Nov 13, 2004 08:30 PM

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

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    1. re: Markaroni
      Davwud RE: Markaroni Aug 21, 2009 04:30 AM

      I love Win and Gink.


    2. estufarian RE: Gourmando Aug 18, 2006 01:20 PM

      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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        nmhinch RE: estufarian Aug 18, 2006 03:51 PM

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

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          estufarian RE: nmhinch Aug 19, 2006 03:11 PM

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

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        Markaroni RE: Gourmando Aug 18, 2006 02:00 PM

        Sobey's, here I come.

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          qtxniki RE: Gourmando Aug 20, 2006 01:48 AM

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


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          1. re: qtxniki
            estufarian RE: qtxniki Aug 20, 2006 04:16 PM

            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).

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            maryfran RE: Gourmando Aug 21, 2006 08:22 PM

            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. estufarian RE: Gourmando Jan 31, 2007 12:59 PM

              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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                BrianReynolds RE: estufarian Aug 26, 2007 02:59 PM

                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...

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                  BrianReynolds RE: BrianReynolds Aug 26, 2007 03:02 PM

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


                  1. re: BrianReynolds
                    LovelyAsia RE: BrianReynolds Aug 27, 2007 07:41 PM

                    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
                      estufarian RE: BrianReynolds Sep 2, 2007 07:05 AM

                      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!

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                        estufarian RE: estufarian Sep 4, 2007 09:27 AM

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

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                          wink_gink RE: estufarian Feb 27, 2009 09:28 AM

                          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

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                            estufarian RE: wink_gink Feb 27, 2009 11:23 AM

                            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.

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                              philly cheeze RE: estufarian Mar 1, 2009 04:31 AM

                              which Sobey's locations?

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                                estufarian RE: philly cheeze Mar 1, 2009 08:22 AM

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

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                                  Bueno RE: philly cheeze Mar 1, 2009 06:35 PM

                                  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 :) )

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                                    wordnerd28 RE: Bueno Jun 8, 2009 06:09 AM

                                    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?

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                                      estufarian RE: wordnerd28 Jun 8, 2009 09:23 AM

                                      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.

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                                        wordnerd28 RE: estufarian Jun 8, 2009 03:26 PM

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

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                                          estufarian RE: wordnerd28 Jun 8, 2009 04:11 PM

                                          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.

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                                            wordnerd28 RE: estufarian Jun 9, 2009 09:57 AM

                                            Thanks! I appreciate it.

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                                              LovelyAsia RE: wordnerd28 Jun 11, 2009 11:23 PM

                                              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
                                                estufarian RE: LovelyAsia Jun 12, 2009 07:38 AM

                                                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.

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                                                  LovelyAsia RE: estufarian Jun 25, 2009 09:04 AM

                                                  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!

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                    mikky RE: Gourmando Mar 20, 2009 02:38 PM

                    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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                      LovelyAsia RE: mikky Mar 22, 2009 11:27 AM

                      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. LovelyAsia RE: Gourmando Aug 20, 2009 09:56 AM

                      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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                        estufarian RE: LovelyAsia Aug 20, 2009 11:18 AM

                        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".

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                          OTFOODIE RE: estufarian Aug 20, 2009 10:47 PM

                          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.

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                            LovelyAsia RE: estufarian Aug 21, 2009 10:35 AM

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

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                              estufarian RE: LovelyAsia Aug 21, 2009 01:20 PM

                              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.

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                                LovelyAsia RE: estufarian Aug 25, 2009 11:10 AM

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

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                                  estufarian RE: LovelyAsia Aug 25, 2009 12:06 PM

                                  Whichever has them! Typically Dupont @ Shaw.

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                                    LovelyAsia RE: estufarian Aug 29, 2009 07:35 PM

                                    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. LovelyAsia RE: Gourmando Oct 13, 2009 06:40 PM

                          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
                            estufarian RE: LovelyAsia Oct 15, 2009 08:26 AM

                            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.

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                              LovelyAsia RE: estufarian Oct 20, 2009 12:59 PM

                              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
                                LovelyAsia RE: LovelyAsia Dec 1, 2009 04:45 PM

                                estufarian - have you found any wink yet this year?

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                                  estufarian RE: LovelyAsia Dec 1, 2009 05:04 PM

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

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                                    LovelyAsia RE: estufarian Dec 1, 2009 05:33 PM

                                    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....

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