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Diageo's Smirnoff Ice Black

Category - FMB, 8% abv

Available - From this month

Location - US, nation-wide

Price - SRP of US$1.69 per 16oz can and $2.69 per 23.5oz can

Smirnoff Ice Black is the third offering in Smirnoff's line of flavoured malt beverages (FMB), joining Smirnoff Ice and Smirnoff Premium Malt Mixed Drinks. It will be available in lemon lime, fruit punch and watermelon flavours.

The company is hoping to steal market share from the beer category with the new product during the summer.

"Smirnoff Ice Black flavoured malt beverages … are noticeably different from products traditionally launched by the brand," said Heather Boyd, brand director for progressive adult beverages at Diageo-Guinness USA. "These differences cater to and resonate with legal drinking age adult males that are looking for more bold and flavourful alternatives when it comes to beer.”

Distribution for the 16oz cans is limited to Iowa, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Oregon, New Mexico and Alabama.