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Diet Coke adds batch of new flavors, slimmer can design

Diet Coke makeover
Coca-Cola gives Diet Coke a makeover 00:22

NEW YORK -- Diet Coke is getting a makeover to try to invigorate the sugar-free soda's slumping sales.

Coca-Cola (KO) said Wednesday it's adding a slimmer 12-ounce Diet Coke can, updating the logo and offering the 35-year-old drink in four new flavors, including mango and ginger lime. The taste of the plain Diet Coke will stay the same, the Atlanta-based company said.

Diet Coke sales have fallen as more people switch to other low-calorie drinks, such as flavored fizzy water. In fact, Coca-Cola said the new slim 12-ounce cans are the same ones used for its Dasani sparkling water. Diet Coke will still come in standard 12-ounce cans, as well as other sizes, such as bottles and mini cans.

"We're maintaining the essence of Diet Coke while modernizing the brand to invite a new generation of drinkers to try it," the company said in a post on its website.

Coca-Cola said the new flavors and look -- with a different color vertical stripe for each flavor and red for plain -- are aimed at appealing to millennials. It spent two years on the makeover, and tested more than 30 flavors before settling on the four, which also include cherry and blood orange.

The changes will show up in U.S. stores by the end of the month and in Canada in February. There's no current plan to launch the makeover in other countries, but the company said other parts of the world are exploring ideas.

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Soda sales have fallen sharply in the U.S. in recent years amid changing consumer tastes and growing awareness of the potential health effects of sugary drinks.

Research has also raised concerned about diet drinks. A study published last year in an American Heart Association journal found that people who drink at least one artificially-sweetened beverage a day had almost three times the risk of suffering a stroke or dementia.

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo (PEP) and other soda sellers have also faced lawsuits claiming that their marketing falsely leads consumers to believe that the drinks will help them manage their weight.

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