Coca-Cola "Hecho en Mexico" in Charlotte or Durham?
I am trying to find a source for coca-cola made in Mexico. I moved the Charlotte recently from Houston, where it was available. It comes in 500ml glass bottles and will say "Hecho en Mexico" (made in Mexico) on the bottle. The Mexican coca-cola is made with cane sugar while the U.S.-made coca-cola uses high fructose corn syrup. The Mexican version has a slightly sweeter taste than US version and tastes like the coca-cola I remember having as a kid back in the 60s. In Houston, a 500ml bottle sold for $1.49, but it was worth it to me.
I contacted the Charlotte Coca-Cola distributor and they said they did not bring the Mexican into the market. At a Compare market at N. Tryon and Sugar Creek, I found coca-cola made in Costa Rica and Pepsi made in some other country whose name I forget. I gave them a try and they were not the same. I'm hoping there is a a supply coming into the market from another source for Mexican stores and markets that someone might know about. I will be going to Durham several times in the next few weeks. Maybe there is a source there.
I have seen it at Common Market and at Laurel Market. Common Market has two locations-- one at Commonwealth, near Thomas Ave. in Plaza-Midwood, and another in SouthEnd, on Camden across the street from Phat Burrito. Laurel Market also has two locations-- one on Cherokee Rd., near Providence in Eastover, the other on South Blvd. in SouthEnd. I have only seen them avaialble in single bottles.
The company that owned the Cariceria La Mexicana chain was bringing it in to stock in their stores. Since the stores have closed or changed hands, I'm not sure if they're still stocking it. But I would have expected to find it at Compare.
I've seen it in any one of the numerous taquerias here in Durham. also, in Mexican convenience stores. The one closest to me, for example, carries it for sure:
Tienda La Favorita
4226 Garrett Rd # C, Durham, NC
Most of the taquerias and Mexican Restaurants along South Blvd. here in Charlotte carry the Made in Mexico Coke, made with real sugar. I agree it does taste better, cleaner and more coke like than the US coke. Typically the food is really great too.