Unilever/PepsiCo joint venture, The Pepsi-Lipton Tea Partnership, is to relaunch its ready-to-drink Lipton Original Iced Tea.

The brand will be unveiled with a new formula and new package graphics. There will also be a diet version of the brand launched.

Lipton Original has been reformulated with less sugar, while a new Diet Sweet version joins the nine-variety line-up, which also includes Sweetened, Unsweetened, Lemon, Extra Sweet, Raspberry, Green Tea with Honey, Diet Lemon and Peach.

"The naturally occurring 'better for you' benefits of tea are now being validated through science," said Craig Coffey, vice president and general manager, Pepsi-Lipton Tea Partnership.

"Today's health and wellness trends have meant dozens of new beverage choices for consumers and this new line-up gives them a reason to reconsider ready-to-drink tea as a smart choice - particularly the number 1 name in tea, which is Lipton."

The launch of Lipton Original and Lipton Iced Tea will be supported by national television advertising (coming later this spring) as well as a print and online advertising, in-store sampling and promotions.