Coca-Cola North America on Friday announced that it will introduce a new brand extension, Coca-Cola with Lime, in the US in the first quarter of 2005.

"Many people already enjoy a slice of lime with their Coca-Cola so it seemed only natural to include a splash of lime flavour in our flagship brand," said Randy Ransom, senior vice president, Coca-Cola Trademark, Coca-Cola North America.

The launch of Coca-Cola with Lime follows the roll out one year ago of Diet Coke with Lime, which has become the leading flavoured diet cola in America.

The company added in a statement that the launch is only the beginning kicks off a year of innovation for The Coca-Cola Company, which will include a range of offerings across all beverage categories.

Coca-Cola with Lime will be supported by an extensive marketing campaign. Further details on launch plans will be made available closer to the introduction.