PepsiCo to bring back Diet Pepsi with aspartame
Aspartame version to be called Diet Pepsi Classic Sweetener Blend
Following last year’s announcement that it was removing aspartame from its Diet Pepsi brand in favor of a blend of sucralose and acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc. will be bringing the artificial sweetener back to its portfolio, according to media reports.
According to Fortune’s article “Diet Pepsi With Aspartame Is Making a Comeback,” John Kell reports that PepsiCo will release its Diet Pepsi Classic Sweetener Blend this fall, which will be made with aspartame. However, Diet Pepsi will continue to be sweetened with sucralose and Ace-K. The news originally was reported by Beverage Digest, it adds.
The Classic Sweetener Blend version will be sold in 12-packs, 2-liter bottles and 20-ounce bottles at retail outlets.
The Fortune article also notes that Pepsi MAX will retain the same formula of being sweetened with aspartame but now will be called Pepsi Zero Sugar.