PepsiCo Launches Pepsi Black® Promising a “Bold Taste, Bold Flavor” Experience With No-Sugar

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Published October 7th, 2019 - 10:37 GMT
New no-sugar beverage is PepsiCo’s latest commitment to transforming its portfolio as part of its
New no-sugar beverage is PepsiCo’s latest commitment to transforming its portfolio as part of its
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PepsiCo recently introduced Pepsi Black®, a new Bold Taste, Bold Flavor beverage to countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

PepsiCo recently introduced Pepsi Black®, a new Bold Taste, Bold Flavor beverage to countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Debuting across major retailers in KSA, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Bahrain, Libya and Morocco starting October*, Pepsi black® is the latest addition to PepsiCo’s growing beverages portfolio. The new innovation complements the much-loved range of Pepsi® products to offer a refreshing new experience to appeal to individual tastes and preferences. 

Available in three great-tasting flavors - Original Cola, Raspberry and Lime, Pepsi black appears on shelves in new, boldly designed cans aimed at consumers looking for a no-sugar offering without compromising on taste.

Speaking on the introduction of Pepsi black to the region, Nadim Nakfoor, MENA Franchise General Manager and Senior Vice President, PepsiCo, said, “The launch of Pepsi black is a major moment for PepsiCo in MENA. It’s ultimately all about choice. We’re proud of our rich beverage heritage in this region and with Pepsi black, we’re thrilled to offer our customers new and bold-tasting options. As part of our ‘Winning with Purpose’ vision, this innovation represents the latest example of how we’re providing consumers with a variety of lower-calorie beverages. We’re confident that Pepsi black will surprise and delight Pepsi fans looking for that intense taste experience but with zero sugar.”

As part of PepsiCo’s ‘Winning with Purpose’ agenda, PepsiCo is making it easier for consumers to choose lower-calorie options through diverse solutions including category innovation, smaller portion sizes, and clear calorie labeling at point of sale. Additionally, PepsiCo continues to reduce added sugars, sodium and saturated fat across its portfolio.

To celebrate the Pepsi black launch in the region, fans were treated to a live performance by international pop group Now United. Comprised of 14 singers and dancers from countries all over the globe including China, Brazil, India and Russia, and formed by successful music entrepreneur Simon Fuller, Now United embodies the Pepsi black celebration of living each moment without compromise. The performance is the latest example of the brand’s longstanding track record of supporting emerging music talent and the group takes center stage in the international “For the Love Of It” Pepsi campaign. 

Pepsi black is available in modern trade, traditional retailers and eateries across the region starting from October*. Pepsi black is currently available in more than 80 markets around the world. 

 

 

Background Information

Pepsi Cola International

In 1965, Donald Kendall, the CEO of Pepsi-Cola, and Herman Lay, the CEO of Frito-Lay, recognized what they called “a marriage made in heaven,” a single company delivering perfectly-salty snacks served alongside the best cola on earth. Their vision led to what quickly became one of the world's leading food and beverage companies: PepsiCo. 

For more than 50 years, as tastes, trends and lifestyles have changed, PepsiCo has evolved with them. Our willingness to adapt and grow has transformed our snack and soda company into a collection of global brands including Pepsi and Quaker, Gatorade and Tropicana, Frito-Lay and beyond. Today, PepsiCo is one of the world’s most-respected companies with products sold in more than 200 countries and territories and 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

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