BYU now sells caffeinated soda on campus-and students are getting lit

Posted September 24, 2017

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

Anderson said he heard that a student who had kept caffeinated soda in a student lounge fridge and charged 50 cents a pop via Venmo plans to continue his operation through graduation, but this time stocking drinks outside the Coke family that the university won't sell. Many in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which Brigham Young is a part, avoid all caffeine. This news also extends to the sale of caffeinated sodas at sporting events on campus.

The Daily Universe, the BYU student paper, quoted a university spokeswoman saying at the time that "there has not been a demand for caffeinated beverages".

Although a topic of controversy, LDS Church officials point out Church doctrine never mentions the use of caffeine.

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

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

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Jenkins noted that students have always been free to bring their own caffeine-filled beverages onto campus.

The Utah-based Mormon religion directs its almost 16 million worldwide members to avoid alcohol and hot beverages such as coffee and tea as part of an 1833 revelation from Mormon founder Joseph Smith.

"It's a big day because we can finally drink on campus what we're allowed to drink in real life", said Jepsen, a 1994 graduate.

The church clarified in 2012 that its health practices don't bar members from caffeinated beverages like soft drinks.

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