Why do some restaurants only provide soda options for drinks?

I tried googling it and I'm still not getting what I'm after.
There are so many restaurants that serve just soda and water as there drink options.
I was splurging on pizza recently and it was coupon that included a free 2 liter of soda, it's like why do they only offer soda? Id much prefer some juice or tea or really anything else but that sugary mess.

I realize soda is popular, but dont businesses realize there is still a large minority who would love other drink options? like why do they not capitalize on offering good drinks instead of just shitty soda pop?

I'm talking fast food as well, like why not have like at least one decent drink on your menu besides pop?

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  • I'd guess because it's cheap?

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    • Lol over here the restaurants charge $3.50-$5.00 for a 20 ounce glass of soda. I just buy one at the store for $1.50, sneak it in, and it saves money. XD

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      • Jesus. That's like prices here. I think. I don't really eat out. I know a 600ml bottle of coke is $3.60ish cold.

        Idk what they are in SC, tbh. Rarely order them.

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    • That sounds about right!

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      • Same reason all the drinks there are HFCS.

        American soft drinks all taste awful unless they're the cane sugar versions.

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        • Oh God, there's no comparison in taste between cane sugar, and high fructose corn syrup! I went out to eat with my folks in the afternoon, ordered some fruity iced tea drink, and it was awful. It just had a phony, and too sweet taste.

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  • I have no idea where you're from, but in the USA it's because the fast food stores and the soft drink manufacturers are inter-related. McDonald's owns shares in coke, Pepsi owns part of Wendy's, etc. It's in their best interest to promote their sister companies.

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    • Yep. Monopolistic corporate behavior is rampant in the U.S. It's a good place to own shares of stocks, but a bad place to have personal freedom as a consumer. You might ask for a slice of lemon with your water. Big Soda won't shut them down for that.

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  • Try Gjiena in Venice California. They only make their own beverages. My girl asked for a coke and they laughed. Gordon Ramsey and Posh spice asked for substitutions on their pizza and they laughed.

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  • cause america wants to cause morbid obesity.

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  • It’s cheap and easy to ship. As it only requires the condensed syrup and a carbonated water mixer to mix the syrup and carbonated water. Tea and coffee require more steps.

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  • Is not the only thing on the menu but is the first. There's also tea and coffee and some alcoholic drinks (depending of where you go eat).

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  • Yea I used to drink akotvof soda growing up, lately I've ijlyvhad soda like once a week now im trying to cut it out completely. Surprisingly not that hard. I dont miss very much at all. I still eat to much candy but baby steps!

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  • From what i understand, the cups they give customers cost more than the soda that goes in them. Or maybe soda is something of a "loss" type item.

    Of course if you want milk with a meal, it costs more for one lousy glass than if you went out and bought a whole gallon.

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  • BECAUSE IT’S FUCKING DELICIOUS!!

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  • When I am at home I drink a lot of milk. Honestly, there were always multiple cartons milk in our fridge growing up, and I never thought anything of it until I got older. I also drink lots of water every day.

    When it comes to pizza I'm used to having it with soda, or beer.

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  • coffee in the mornin
    water in the afternoon
    liquor in the evenin

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