PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- In a surprising announcement Thursday, Brigham Young University said they are now offering CAFFEINATED drinks on campus.
“We have already started adding caffeinated soft drinks to the inventory of beverages we sell on campus,” the university said.
The university decided in the mid 1950s they would not sell caffeinated soft drinks and haven’t since…until today. *
“This decision was not based on financial considerations,” they said. “We are simply working to meet the preferences of our customers.”
Although a topic of controversy, LDS Church officials point out Church doctrine never mentions the use of caffeine. “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,” a post on Mormonnewsroom.org said.
The campus has a contract with Coca-Cola and will be installing the “freestyle” dispensers around campus. Click here for more information.
*Earlier this year LDS Business College added Coca Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero to their soda fountain.