BYU to sell caffeinated sodas

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At the time, a BYU spokeswoman stated that the rest of the school "has simply chosen not to sell caffeinated beverages on campus".

The Mormon-owned school said the change was meant to reflect changes in consumer preferences, as requests for caffeinated soda have become more frequent.

In a paradigm shifting move, Brigham Young University will soon be offering caffeinated soft drinks.

In the mid 1950s, the director of BYU food services stopped the sale of caffeinated soft drinks and the policy has been in place ever since. Owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the largest religious university in the USA has shunned caffeinated sodas since at least the mid 1950's, the school's director of dining services Dean Wright explained in a rather blunt BYU Q&A.

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The Church of the Latter Day Saints, as it is formally known, determined that a reference to "hot drinks" in religious texts only applied to tea and coffee, not all caffeine products.

Sales of highly caffeinated energy drinks are still banned.

"Until more recently, Dining Services rarely received requests for caffeinated soda", Wright wrote in a statement.

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Jones said he didn't know whether to believe it when he saw the announcement on his phone so he walked to a student center and saw the first bottles being stocked in vending machines and refrigerators. Employees don shirts that say, "I'm a caffeine dealer".

Yep, there's a corporate catch: the university has a contract with Coca-Cola.

Mormons are encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but it was a long-held misunderstanding that the faithful were barred from consuming caffeine. And for other caffeinated sodas that aren't part of the Coca-Cola brand.

Amber Whiteley said she used to get nasty looks when she brought Mountain Dew to campus when she was a BYU student almost a decade ago. She said some older Mormons in her Salt Lake City congregation still believe all caffeine is prohibited.

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