Fans are reacting as Maccas Australia removes one of their most popular items from the menu, a diet soft drink that many seem to love.

Maccas has announced that it will no longer be selling Diet Coke at its Australian restaurants as of January 11th, 2023. The fast food chain explained that the decision was made in response to changing consumer tastes and the growing popularity of low- or no-sugar beverages. McDonald’s will continue to offer other options such as Coca-Cola No Sugar, Sprite Zero Sugar, and Frozen Coke No Sugar.

The move has not been well-received by all customers, with some expressing their disappointment on social media. This follows a similar decision to replace Sprite with Sprite No Sugar in all of McDonald’s Australian restaurants.

“At McDonald’s, we are committed to providing great-tasting, great-value food and drinks our customers know and love,” a spokesman said.

“We regularly review and evolve our menu to meet changing consumer tastes and preferences.

“In response to customer feedback and growing popularity for other low- to no-sugar beverages, McDonald’s will no longer offer Diet Coca-Cola across Australian restaurants from 11 January 2023.

“McDonald’s continues to offer a range of beverage choices for consumers, including Coca-Cola No Sugar, Sprite Zero Sugar and Frozen Coke No Sugar.”

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Fans of Diet Coke were quick to respond, with some saying this removal alone is reason enough to stop frequenting the fast-food chain.

“Nooo! I hate the taste of Coke and Coke No Sugar. I love Diet Coke. I don’t eat Macca’s that often but def losing a customer here,” one person said online.

“Another reason not to visit McDonald’s. I can‘t actually drink the Coca-Cola No Sugar varieties without some quite severe gastric problems. Diet Coke is one of the few soft drinks I can safely drink!” another said.

Others, such as the person below, didn’t seem to mind as much.

“It’s literally the same thing as Coke Zero/no sugar. It’s just soft drink. Who cares,” one person said.

“McDonald’s Australia has recently moved to Sprite No Sugar across its restaurants nationwide,” a spokesman confirmed at the time.

“We look forward to hearing customer feedback on the new beverage option.”

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