Cott Corp. is set to launch a range of RTD teas in North America.

The portfolio of ten drinks - known as Orient Emporium Tea Co. - is now available in around 1,500 Wal-Mart stores, the company said yesterday (28 August).

The range's flavours include green tea with citrus, white tea with clementine orange and raspberry iced tea. The drinks are packaged in 20-ounce PET bottles, in both six and 12-packs.

"Ready-to-drink flavoured teas is one of the fastest growing segments in the industry and we were able to take our product line from concept to market in less than two months," said Brent Willis, Cott's president and chief executive officer.

"What sets the Orient Emporium Tea Co. brand apart is the premiumness of the products, still at a great value," he added.

Last month, Cott warned of job cuts as weak demand for CSDs in North America battered profits. For the first half of this year, Cott saw profits slump by 53% year-on-year to US$30.7m.