PURCHASE, N.Y. – March 7, 2005 – Pepsi-Cola North America today announced a new addition to its portfolio of Dole 100% juices – Ruby Red Grapefruit – as well as a new line of 50% juice beverages called Dole Lights. The products will begin hitting store shelves nationwide this month.
Dole Ruby Red Grapefruit, newly reformulated to contain 100% juice and no added sugar, joins Orange, Apple and Grape in the Dole 100% Juice lineup.
New Dole Lights are lower in calories and carbohydrates and contain half the sugar of regular juices. Available in five flavors: Orange, Apple, Grape, Berry Blend and Cranberry, Dole Lights contain no added sugar and are sweetened with sucralose.
Dole 100% Juice and Dole Lights are sold in convenient 15.2-oz plastic bottles in retail stores with 11.5-oz cans also available for schools. Both products qualify for PepsiCo’s “Smart Spot” label and offer 100% Vitamin C in each 8-oz serving. In-store displays promote the products with the tagline, “Drink your Fruit Today.”
“Consumers are looking for healthy, high-credential juices and juice beverages that they can take wherever they go,” said Danielle Vona, director of juice & juice drinks, Pepsi-Cola North America. “People are demanding more better-for-you choices, and the new Dole lineup enables us to provide options that fit with their busy lifestyles.”
Dole single-serve juices are products of Purchase, N.Y.-based Pepsi-Cola North America (www.pepsi.com), the $4 billion refreshment beverage unit of PepsiCo Inc. in the United States and Canada. The company’s other U.S. brands include Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi ONE, Wild Cherry Pepsi, Pepsi Edge, Pepsi Twist, Pepsi Vanilla, Mountain Dew, Diet Mountain Dew, Mountain Dew Code Red, Mountain Dew LiveWire, Sierra Mist, Sierra Mist Free, Mug, Slice, Aquafina, Tropicana Juice Drinks and SoBe. The company also makes and markets North America’s best-selling ready-to-drink iced teas and coffees, respectively, via joint ventures with Lipton and Starbucks.