PepsiCo has announced a name change for one of its brands. The US drinks company announced yesterday (1 November) that, in an effort to help consumers identify it as a soft drink free of sugar, calories, carbs and caffeine, Diet Sierra Mist will become Sierra Mist Free this week.

Launched nationally in 2003, Diet Sierra Mist is targeted at consumers watching their consumption of sugar, calories, carbs and caffeine more closely.

"The new name highlights what has always been true - Sierra Mist Free is free of the things you don't need," said Steve Sears, VP of marketing for flavours, Pepsi-Cola North America.

"We're giving people a better understanding of the benefits of Sierra Mist Free while also re-engaging current diet consumers and attracting new people to the brand."

Sierra Mist Free will be supported with a marketing campaign that will include TV, radio and print advertising beginning this month.

Sierra Mist Free is now available in 2-litre, 20-ounce and 1/2 litre 6-pack bottles as well as 12 and 24-pack 12-ounce cans.