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May 3, 2008
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May 3, 2008, Charlottetown, PEI – Prince Edward Island is allowing the sale of canned softdrinks and beer, after a ban that's lasted for decades.

May 3, 2008, Charlottetown, PEI – Prince Edward Island is allowing the sale of canned softdrinks and beer, after a ban that's lasted for decades.

Canned pop will be sold on the Island for the first time since March 1, 1984. And beer can be bought in cans after 35 years of being sold on the Island in bottles only.

The ban on the sale of carbonated beverages in non-refillable containers is officially lifted as of Saturday morning.

A survey conducted for Coca-Cola in 2002 said 70 per cent of Islanders would support change to allow the sale of carbonated beverages in aluminum cans and plastic bottles.

While consumers benefit with the convenience of being able to make purchases at local stores rather than during a trip across the Northumberland Strait, the provincial government will be the big fiscal benefactors of the Beverage Container Act introduced in the legislature last week.

A study in 1998, conducted by the University of Prince Edward Island, suggested the Island loses more than $4 million annually because of the ban on canned pop alone.

Pepsi and Coca-Cola have been moving fast to stock Island shelves with their products as consumers are expected to flood stores across the province looking for their favourite carbonated beverages in cans and plastic.

"We've been working round the clock to support retailers across P.E.I.," said Steve Chiasson of Pepsi Bottling Group.

"We expect to have good product distribution across the Island by (today) when stores open."

Jeff Brown, general manager for the Maritimes with Coca Cola Bottling Company, says close to 70 sales people, drivers and merchandisers are in P.E.I. this week looking after the logistics of the major shift.
The Canadian Press


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