BYU will now sell caffeinated beverages on campus

BYU will now sell caffeinated beverages on campus

Soda lovers of Utah, rejoice: after decades of serving caffeine-free sodas, Brigham Young University said Thursday, Sept. 21, that it will now offer caffeinated Coca-Cola Co.

The university never banned having caffeinated drinks on campus, but held firm to the ban on sales even when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 2012 clarified that church health practices do not prevent members from drinking caffeinated soft drinks. Mormons do not drink tea and coffee, noted the British Broadcasting Corporation.

At BYU, the "honor code" requires that students do not partake in "alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse".

In recent years, a student-led grass-roots effort emerged to allow soda dispensers into the cafeteria and other buildings to sell caffeinated drinks.

"Until more recently, Dining Services rarely received requests for caffeinated soda".

The university decided in the mid 1950s they would not sell caffeinated soft drinks and haven't since.until today.

Since then, students have been expressing interest in getting access to caffeinated beverages on campus.

BYU Dining Services says it has already begun selling canned and bottled caffeinated soft drinks, but says fountain equipment will take longer to update.

Highly-caffeinated energy drinks will not be sold on the Provo campus, which is located about 40 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, he added.

The move sparked social media celebrations from current and former students, with many recalling how they had hauled their own 2-liter bottles of caffeinated sodas in their backpacks to keep awake for long study sessions.

It's not clear how the business will be impacted by the dining service change. Pepsi and Mountain Dew became fair game.

"Over the last several years, we have seen an increase in our customers, our consumer, in requests for caffeinated soft drinks", said Carri Jenkins, spokeswoman for BYU.

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