BYU starts selling caffeinated soda on campus

Camille Rivera
September 24, 2017

In a question and answer piece put online, Wright said the director of Dining Services at BYU in the 1950s made the decision not to sell caffeinated soft drinks.

"We have already started adding caffeinated soft drinks to the inventory of beverages we sell on campus", the university said.

"This is in response to the requests from our customers and our consumers who have been making more requests for caffeinated soft drinks on campus", BYU spokesperson Carri Jenkins said.

"I drank a lot of caffeinated beverages while I was here but none of them was purchased on campus", said Christopher Jones, 34, a visiting BYU history professor and former student.

In 2012, the Church issued a press release that was explicit: "the Church revelation spelling out health practices. does not mention the use of caffeine".

Whether it's been an espresso-laced coffee or a cold Coca-Cola, caffeinated drinks have fueled campuses for decades.

BYU has been "caffeine-free" since the 1950's.

But the university says it is seeing demand now.

The college, owned by the Mormon church, quietly ended its 60-year ban on caffeinated soda sales on Thursday. "The Church's health guidelines prohibit alcoholic drinks, smoking or chewing of tobacco, and "hot drinks" - taught by Church leaders to refer specifically to tea and coffee".

While some people believe caffeine is banned in the Mormon religion, that's not the case.

"Did I just buy the first-ever caffeinated Coke Zero Sugar sold in #BYU's Wilkinson Student Center?" he tweeted.

It will take a longer time before BYU changes its fountain equipment.

It's not clear how the business will be impacted by the dining service change.

"You youths will never understand the struggle we went through", Whiteley wrote jokingly in a Facebook post.

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