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PepsiCo to re-launch Diet Pepsi

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PepsiCo to re-launch Diet Pepsi

June 15
12:49 2016
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diet-pepsi-splenda.0.0PepsiCo Inc. is bringing back its old Diet Pepsi formula less than a year after phasing it out.

Diet Pepsi was reformulated in August 2015 to drop the artificial sweetener aspartame and it will be sold in its old recipe as Diet Pepsi Classic Sweetener blend in retro packaging, PepsiCo said earlier this 1Tbb—atfc..,– week. As part of a broader revamp of its diet-cola lineup, the company also is renaming Pepsi Max as Pepsi Zero Sugar in the US to more clearly show that the beverage has zero calories.

While PepsiCo says that Diet Pepsi without aspartame will continue to be the company’s primary diet cola, reviving the drink’s old recipe signals that the new version, in a bid to win over consumers wary of aspartame, hasn’t been a hit. Diet Pepsi’s sales volume fell 5.8 percent in 2015 and dropped roughly 11 percent at retail during the first quarter of 2016, according to data from Beverage Digest, which reported on the changes earlier.

“When you change the taste of a product that people rely on for consistency of taste, that can have pretty damaging brand effects,” said Adam Fleck, an analyst at Morningstar Inc. “You always want to be right, but when the market is telling you that your product is not right for what they want – or certainly less than before – you have to make that shift.”

The shares fell 0.4 percent to $101.55 at 10:54 a.m. in New York. PepsiCo, based in Purchase, New York, had gained 2.1 percent this year through the end of last week.

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