Its your cat, skin it how you see fit.
I carry what I carry with no issues and my sales are fine. I have very little complaints about drink selections. Like others have said I dont go to McDonalds to get a specific soft drink I go to get a Big Mac. I go to my favorite BBQ joint not because they have a certain soft drink but because they have good BBQ, friendly staff and no me by name. 99% of the world will "make do" with a drink selection at any restaurants and be ok with it.
I like to keep things stream lined and my logistics smooth so I choose to sell one brand and 6 flavors that represent a good mix and variety.
In the end most vendors will figure out what works for them in their area best.
Hepcat If you don't have their brand, sure they may switch to water but they'll be annoyed, and they might not return.
Customers don't come to my BBQ stand (I also sell dogs) to buy soda.
Easy to say but do you operate in a vacuum with no competition? What about the fellow in the next stand?
RJTAll major restaurants carry a specific brand (all Coke or all Pepsi) so I think McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, etc have it figured out. I see no reason to carry both Coke and Pepsi.
Not a good comparison. You know very well that the chains have fountain drinks and they sign exclusivity agreements with a single supplier in exchange for sweetheart pricing. That's not so in the case of BBQ stands and hot dog carts.
RJTThere are hundreds of drink brands, flavors, varieties, etc so you will NEVER please everyone 100% with drinks selection and no need to try.
Noone's saying you need to carry everything. Just carry the two most popular brands, that's all. It's common sense.
post edited by RJT - 2012/11/04 18:42:33