Nestle Waters North America is to introduce a line extension under the Nestle Pure Life trademark in early 2005.

Nestle Pure Life Natural Fruit Flavours will be a non-carbonated water beverage with zero calories and zero carbohydrates that is sweetened with SPLENDA Brand Sweetener. It will hit store shelves in four flavours: Lemon Splash, Orange Splash, Raspberry Splash and Strawberry Splash.

"Seventy four percent of Americans regularly consume bottled water, and this new beverage provides the best of both worlds, an exciting, flavourful alternative to plain water and a healthier alternative to soda and other sugary beverages," said Angela Vradenburgh, senior marketing manager, Nestle Waters North America. "Consumers are looking for healthier options and Nestle Pure Life Natural Fruit Flavored Water Beverage is the perfect option because it combines the goodness of pure refreshing water with the delicious taste of real fruit."

Nestle Pure Life Natural Fruit Flavored Water Beverage will begin to rollout in early 2005 with full national distribution anticipated by the third quarter of 2005.