There is another new Coca-Cola product entering the market in 2014. Instead of high fructose or cane sugar, it will be sweetened by Stevia, a naturally sweet plant substance from the Stevia plant. The name is Coca-Cola Life; it has 60 percent fewer calories than regular Coke.
The plant is found in South America, particularly in Peru. It is currently sold in health food stores as a food supplement. Consumers can purchase it as powdered leaf or as powdered extract, which is white in color. Although initially expensive, a little goes a LONG way. It can be used to sweeten drinks and is used in baking. Those who use it for baking notice that products may not brown as well or as dark as recipes using other forms of sweetener.
The author of this article uses the extract powder to flavor sun tea; less than 1/8th of a teaspoon is more than enough to sweeten a quart.
Coca-Cola’s CEO, Muhtar Kent addressed the Consumer Analyst Group Of New York, said, “Coca-Cola Life, our low-calorie naturally-sweetened Coca-Cola was introduced in the year past in Chile and Argentina in the South Latin cone.” He went on to explain that the new soft drink surpassed expectations and that new markets would be receiving it for further testing.
He just wouldn’t state exactly which ones. The United Kingdom is slated to receive it in September 2014. Medical experts are not opposed to a new soda with fewer calories, but would have liked the company to reduce the amount of sugar in the world famous original soda.
The new bottles and cans will sport green labels to distinguish it from other Coca-Cola brands. So far, the reception has been exceptional, and perhaps Americans could see it on shelves and in dispensing machines soon.
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Source: Elaine Watson, “Stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola Life To Enter New Markets This Year, But Coke won’t Say Which Ones,” Food Navigator website, 24 February 2014
Source: Ruki Sayid, “Coca Cola Life to launch in UK as new low calorie alternative to classic brand,” Daily Record Co UK website, 11 June 2014