PepsiCo launched a 24-week trial of Pepsi Next in June

PepsiCo launched a 24-week trial of Pepsi Next in June

PepsiCo is to launch its reduced-sugar cola, Pepsi Next, across the US from early next year, according to reports.

The soft drinks firm announced a 24-week trial of the reduced-sugar cola in Iowa and Wisconsin in June. The firm now has plans to launch the beverage nationwide, according to Beverage Digest. The publication noted that CSD sales are sliding in the US amid an increased focus on health, with Coke volumes down by 0.5% in 2010, Diet Coke dropping by 1% and Pepsi-Cola down by 4.8%.

Pepsi Next has 60% less sugar than original Pepsi and is designed to appeal to consumers that want the taste of a full-calorie cola but with reduced sugar, the company said back in June.

PepsiCo could not be reached for comment today.