It's the cool new way to drink coffee and now it's caramel! The North American Coffee Partnership today announced the national launch of a sixth flavor addition to its line of Frappuccino(R) ready-to drink coffee. Caramel-flavored bottled Frappuccino Coffee Drink is now available in grocery stores, convenience stores and select Starbucks stores.

"Frappuccino is driving explosive growth in the ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee segment, carving an important niche in the alternative beverage market," said Bruce Schroder, General Manager, North American Coffee Partnership. "About one-third of Starbucks retail blended coffee beverages are caramel-flavored. By adding caramel to Frappuccino, we're expanding the category with an extremely popular flavor and introducing more people to RTD coffee."

Caramel Frappuccino is available in single-serve 9.5-ounce bottles and 9.5-ounce four-packs. Frappuccino Coffee Drink comes in five other flavors: Mocha, Coffee, Vanilla, Mocha Lite and Mocha Amaretto.

Broadly targeted to people 18-34 who drink coffee or aspire to drink coffee, Frappuccino Coffee Drink is geared toward consumers interested in a cool new way to experience Starbucks coffee. Having made its test market debut in 1996 in Southern California, RTD Frappuccino expanded nationwide in 1997.

Caramel Frappuccino will be included as part of the brand's first national packaging promotion, "Weekend Getaway Instant Win Game." By purchasing specially marked bottles, the under-the-cap program enables consumers to instantly win weekend getaway trips to destinations of their choice and coupons for Frappuccino Coffee Drink.

Formed in 1994, the North American Coffee Partnership is a joint venture between Starbucks and Pepsi-Cola Company that produces a bottled, shelf-stable version of one of Starbucks most popular blended, cold-coffee beverages. The partnership combines Starbucks' standing as North America's leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee with Pepsi's record of beverage innovation and distribution-system strength.

Starbucks Coffee Company is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world. In addition to its retail locations in North America, the United Kingdom, the Pacific Rim and the Middle East, Starbucks sells coffee and tea products through its specialty operations, including its online store at Additionally, Starbucks produces and sells bottled Frappuccino Coffee Drink and a line of super-premium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships and offers a line of innovative premium teas produced by its wholly owned subsidiary, Tazo Tea Company.

Pepsi-Cola Company, ( headquartered in Purchase, N.Y., is the global beverage division of PepsiCo, Inc. ( Its brands in the United States include Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi ONE, Mountain Dew, Mug, Slice, Wild Cherry Pepsi, Aquafina, All Sport Body Quencher and FruitWorks. The company also makes and markets ready-to-drink tea through the Pepsi-Lipton Tea Partnership.