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Heard during SodaStream's (SODA) presentation at the ICR XChange Conference: 1) New innovation...

Heard during SodaStream's (SODA) presentation at the ICR XChange Conference: 1) New innovation is on tap for the company, particularly with its Aquabar machine. 2) Sees the upcoming Super Bowl advertisement as well-timed with the company's North American reach dramatically increased. 3) New markets in India, Mexico, and Brazil look promising. 4) Acquisition costs are declining, not rising as some analyst reports suggest. 5) Execs note the Costco and Sam's Club partnerships are seasonal and say SodaStream is exploring grocery channels. (webcast)
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  • wyostocks
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    Does anyone here actually use the product?
    I personally have not. I am not much of a soda drinker; prefer water.
    17 Jan 2013, 10:20 AM Reply Like
  • notchweather
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    You don't have to be a "soda drinker". Their machine is marvelous. It easily and quickly carbonates plain water if you wish. My son & his wife drink only "bubbly water" and have saved tons of bottles of lightly flavored bubbly water they used to carry from the grocery store, then have to deal with re-cycling the empties. And they save money to boot. SodaStream has numerous flavors available if you DO like soda, but also has flavors available by the drop if you prefer (say) raspberry flavored seltzer!
    17 Jan 2013, 10:45 AM Reply Like
  • rvn0
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    I'll second that! I use it daily and love their product line. No more hauling bottles of water from the grocery store.
    17 Jan 2013, 11:32 AM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    notch..... and rvn0
    Thanks for the comments.
    Maybe I'll try it.
    How much does the unit retail for and do you then buy replacement cartridges?
    17 Jan 2013, 11:42 AM Reply Like
  • notchweather
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    Locally (northern NH) Staples has a great SODA display with the WHOLE package as well as replacement CO2 cylinders, bottles, flavor additives, etc. It was a great buy for the machine and starter package around $80 at Christmas. Don't know if incentives continue. Believe Walmart also has the SODA display.
    17 Jan 2013, 12:17 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    notch
    Thanks again.
    17 Jan 2013, 01:00 PM Reply Like
  • bobhersh
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    I am not sure if SodaStream has addressed the sugar problem, and if not it seems a whole list of flavored drinks should be added that are sugar free.

     

    bobhersh@comcast.net
    17 Jan 2013, 02:04 PM Reply Like
  • sgallaher
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    Sodastream does have a large range of diet flavors sweetened with Splenda and are 0 calorie. There is diet cola, diet lemon-lime, diet root beer, diet raspberry-cranberry, diet grapefruit, diet orange, and may more. Also, a note of interest, Sodastream regular flavors are sweetened with a blend of cane sugar and Splenda. They are only 35 calories per serving compared with 110 calories per serving of Coke.
    17 Jan 2013, 04:20 PM Reply Like
  • ppiper1961
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    for my family it was a fad. Although we want to be green and reduce our consumption of bottles and cans, the taste of the drinks are not great or authentic. It is also quite inconvenient to replace the co2 cartridges. Our machines will be sold this spring at our annual garage sale.
    17 Jan 2013, 02:09 PM Reply Like
  • sgallaher
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    Interesting to hear the differing opinion about the taste of the Sodastream flavors. In my experience the flavors compare quite well to the big brands when mixed in the correct amount. If you use too much or too little syrup, the flavor can be quite bad. A friend who said they didn't like Sodastream flavors was surprised when mine tasted much better than when they made it. The problem was they didn't realize there were measuring marks etched into the cap. They were filling the cap to the top and putting 25% too much syrup in. Once they got the measuring right, they were surprised how good it turned out.
    18 Jan 2013, 03:09 AM Reply Like
  • rvn0
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    True. You've got to get the measurements right. Otherwise the taste can be too watery or too syrupy. Also personal taste comes into it. Now SODA has come out with pre-measured flavor pods to make it easier to get the taste right.
    18 Jan 2013, 11:09 AM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    rvn0
    And those pre measured pods increase the cost of a bottle of "soda" by how much? I'll bet a lot. Good old H2O is sounding better and better.
    18 Jan 2013, 11:29 AM Reply Like
  • rvn0
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    True. But I'm worth it.
    20 Jan 2013, 10:37 AM Reply Like
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