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Jul 14, 2011 01:44 PM

Looking for a Pop/Soda Named Wink

Can anybody help slake my thirst for information on the possible whereabouts of a pop/soda/soft drink branded as “Wink”?

In Canada, this was last marketed as CPlus Wink, although it may exist in both North & South Carolina as ‘Canada Dry Wink’ – the corporate umbrella is Dr. Pepper, but their 1-800 number leads to perhaps the least helpful customer service department I’ve ever encountered.
“We’re NOT ALLOWED (my caps) to tell you where you can get Wink. Go into your local grocery store and ask them to order it”! (and by the way there are no supervisors available right now).

I’ve posted on this search several times (in Canada e.g. ), and along the way got various feedback (several years old now) that the Carolinas were the last bulwark of supply.

I will be visiting NC (and bits of Virginia) in about a month, arriving/departing from Charlotte and passing through Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill – and probably Lexington. But this post is strictly on Wink.

Has anybody seen this product – as much detail as possible please (e.g. if a chain of grocery stores I can also check other outlets)?

My most recent search found a Wikipedia Wink page which cited my own Chowhound posts as links – so if I’m the expert-of-record, please join my team of Chowhound Investigative Assistants and help me track down this elusive product (cans and/or bottles).

Thanks all – expect a separate post to narrow down my dining options – I’m still researching.

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  1. In the Raleigh area you can find Wink at most grocery stores. I know Harris Teeter carries it.

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      1. re: estufarian

        Yes, HT does carry it, but if you don't see it in the soda aisle, check the water/mixers aisle. We usually find Wink near the seltzer and ginger ale, which is often in a different part of the store for some reason.

        1. re: sashapt

          That's helpful - in Canada the ginger ales are mixed in with the pop. If I don't see it - I'll ask! anyway.

    1. Canada Dry Wink is a grapefruit juice flavored drink that has been around the Richmond, VA area for many years. I think you can find it at Food Lion as well as possibly Martin's and Kroger.

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      1. re: fcbaldwin

        Really? I've never seen it and I'm in all those stores in Richmond.

        1. re: MandalayVA

          Yes. It will be where the bloody mary mixers and other drink mixers are located. The quantity of stock isn't always plentiful, however. Also, you only see it in those pale green plastic 1qt(approx) bottles.

        2. re: fcbaldwin

          I'm in Raleigh first, so hope to have stocked up by then. But, it's always handy to have a plan B.

          1. re: estufarian

            Harris Teeter has it in the Outer Banks.

            Harris Teeter
            , New Bern, NC 28560

        3. I've only been to one grocery in Raleigh since you posted - Lowes Food. They have Wink, but only in 2 liter bottles. I have found the plastic bottles don't keep as well as glass or cans, not sure if that is an issue for you.

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          1. re: meatn3

            Thank you for your diligent follow-up.

            I've checked the websites for both Lowes and Harris Teeter and NEITHER show any relevant results for a search for either Wink or Canada Dry.

            Clearly they must be available - and indeed I'd much prefer cans - I agree that plastic bottles certainly deteriorate faster.

            Can I renew my original request for ANYBODY (not just meatn3 and the other responders above) to identify whether cans are currently on-shelf? Fortunately, I still have time to contact individual stores to ensure supply (Harris Teeter in particular have a special request form and promise to ship to local outlet). I haven't finalized my restaurant itinerary (which usually precedes my hotel choice - and hence determining the closest store) - but clearly I need to make some decisions there as well.

            Again thanks to all who've helped so far - clearly it's time for an Appendix to my original search opus. Between the major pop companies and multiple branch supermarkets it's astounding (to me) that finding a specific brand could be so difficult! I had assumed that many of these would have state-of-the-art inventory control systems.

            1. re: estufarian

              Just had another thought - if anyone DOES find this - please can you note the Product Code (UPC)? That should make it easier to order - I do have the old C Plus one, but it might be different for the Canada Dry version.

              1. re: estufarian

                I did find Wink on HT's website. I also looked on the shelf yesterday. It's in 2 litre bottles with the mixers, on "sale" at $1.49 per bottle (down from $1.89) until January. Yes, January.

                1. re: rockycat

                  Thanks - at least I know it's available. Still can't find it on HT site though (but it sometimes may have searched a specific store - I don't always remember to reload).
                  But the only item my search returns (just reloaded) is Loreal Liquid Lip Wink Lipstick!
                  Even an advanced Google search additionally only found Revlon Pink for Wink Lipstick (at a handful of stores) and
                  Covergirl Wild Berry Wink Lipstain - even fewer stores.

                  Obviously a fair amount of Lip Winking in NC.

                  Which store had the 'real stuff'?


                  1. re: estufarian

                    I looked under the Express Lane shopping tab for the Stonehenge store in Raleigh. It was on the shelf there, too.

                    1. re: rockycat

                      Thank you - didn't understand the relevance of the Express Lane concept -at first.
                      Now can check it at any/all stores along my route.

            2. Gin and Wink. Great summertime cocktail.

              1. Yeah, the Kroger on Hillsborough in Durham ALWAYS has the 2L in stock. Can't say I've ever seen cans...

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                1. re: johnforamerica

                  Thanks - has anyone else seen cans????

                  1. re: estufarian

                    I checked the Kroger for you - no cans. What they DO have, though, are cans of Squirt. Squirt and Wink taste identical to me. Would that work?

                    1. re: johnforamerica

                      That's a bit scary - Squirt tastes (to me) nothing like Wink (as I recall it). No grapefruit 'tang'.
                      It's possible that the US version of Wink is a different formulation than the previous Canadian version (e.g. Canadian 'Coke' is a different formulation than U.S. 'Coke' - which led to the whole 'New Coke' debacle a decade or two ago; New Coke was actually the Canadian formulation which showed better in taste tests across North America - but you don't fool with mother nature (so to speak)).
                      But I'll know for sure by the middle of August!