Coca-Cola Blak to Make its Worldwide Debut; France will be First of Many Key Markets to Launch in 2006

ATLANTA, Dec – The Coca-Cola Company announced that it will launch Coca-Cola Blak in January in France, the first of several countries — including the United States — that are expected to introduce the new cola-coffee beverage in 2006.

Coca-Cola Blak is an invigorating and stimulating blend that has a perfect balance of the effervescent taste sensation of Coca-Cola and natural flavors, with real coffee. The lightly carbonated, mid-calorie beverage, which is designed to appeal to adult consumers, is yet another example how The Coca-Cola Company reaches out to new audiences and addresses new beverage occasions.

“Coca-Cola Blak is not just a flavor extension. It is a blend of unique Coke refreshment with the true essence of coffee and has a rich smooth texture and has a coffee-like froth when poured. We believe we have created a new category of soft drink — an adult product in a carbonated beverage — and a whole new drinking experience. This brand is ideal for any part of the day when people are looking for renewed energy or simply to take a break,” said Marc Mathieu, vice president, Global Core Brands, The Coca-Cola Company.

The launch will be supported by television, print, outdoor and in-store communication. Global advertising and creative for the brand is currently under development.

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