Leading Brands is to release a new 'diet' drink in the US.

The drinks company said yesterday (8 February) that it would launch LiteBlue Reduced Calorie Blueberry Juice Cocktail.

LiteBlue is sweetened by a combination of cane sugar and Splenda brand sweetener, and contains 50% less calories than the company's TrueBlue Blueberry Cocktails.

The brand will include two flavours, traditional Blueberry and Blueberry Raspberry.

"Unlike other reduced calorie juices, LiteBlue is true to the flavour profile of TrueBlue with a fresh, natural taste," said Leading Brands vice-president of marketing, Joanne Saunders.

"All of our research and taste testing showed that consumers overwhelmingly love the taste of TrueBlue and we were able to capture that in this new, lighter formulation.

"Incorporating Splenda brand sweetener was important to us as it is widely recognised as the zero calorie sweetener of choice," Saunders added.