January 5: Aluminium bottles are being used to package one of a new generation of ‘natural’ diet carbonated drinks.
Similar in design to the aluminium bottles used for award-winning Coca-Cola branded drinks last year, those for Sprite Green are thought to be made by Exal Corporation.
Sprite Green, which was launched in the US just before Christmas, is described as naturally sweetened because it uses Truvia, a product developed from the South American stevia plant by Cargill and Coca-Cola. It is one of a number of sweeteners that were released to the market in December after they gained GRAS (generally regarded as safe) status with the Food and Drug Administration in the US.
Until recently stevia-based sweeteners were only available for use in dietary supplement drinks.