Pepsi, a brand of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo, announced a new and improved Pepsi Zero Sugar. The company also is giving consumers the opportunity to redeem up to 10 million free Pepsi Zero Sugars starting during the NFL Playoffs through the Super Bowl. 

The upgraded Pepsi Zero Sugar recipe uses a new sweetener system to land a more refreshing and bolder taste profile than the previous Pepsi Zero Sugar varietal, it says. 

In consumer preference testing, it was shown that the new Pepsi Zero Sugar outpaces the old formula across the board, including key metrics like overall liking and purchase intent, it adds. Consumers in the comprehensive assessment study preferred the new Pepsi Zero Sugar, considering it more: refreshing, tasty, having a real cola taste, smooth, able to pair with food and more.

“At Pepsi, we put our consumers at the forefront of everything we do,” said Todd Kaplan, chief marketing officer of brand Pepsi, in a statement. “Our R&D team leveraged the best new beverage technology to upgrade our Pepsi Zero Sugar product to give fans the best tasting cola in the zero-sugar category. The product is truly a breakthrough as it is the best zero sugar cola we've ever had ― period. We’re so confident in its taste, that we are making up to 10 million free Pepsi Zero Sugars available to consumers so that people can try it for themselves.”

While the new Pepsi Zero Sugar formula rolls out across the United States, the brand is preparing a suite of consumer-facing marketing activations as the brand seeks to prioritize the zero-sugar category across in-store and media marketing channels.

Some of the campaign activations around the new and improved Pepsi Zero Sugar feature the following:

  • National TV Commercial: Airing throughout the NFL Playoffs the brand is releasing new commercials, available in English and Spanish, celebrating the new and improved taste.
  • Super Bowl LVII: Confirmation of a new Super Bowl campaign for Pepsi Zero Sugar, the Pepsi brand’s first in three years.
  • Pepsi Zero Sugar Giveaway: Offering up to 10 million free Pepsi Zero Sugars.Text "FREE PEPSI" throughout the Playoffs and "FREE ZERO" during the Super Bowl to 81234 to get a free Pepsi Zero Sugar. 
  • Retail Partner Promotions: Pepsi Zero Sugar will be prominent with key partners for retail promotions rolling out across the country throughout the year.