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Report: PepsiCo to roll out Pepsi Next nationwide

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — A few months after announcing a test run of its reduced-sugar cola in Iowa and Wisconsin, PepsiCo unveiled plans for a nationwide rollout of Pepsi Next.

According to published reports, Pepsi Next is expected to hit store shelves in spring 2012.

"As part of our continued commitment to innovate our carbonated soft drinks portfolio, we developed Pepsi Next, a great-tasting, full-flavor cola with 60% less sugar," PepsiCo Beverages America CEO Massimo d’Amore said of the new beverage over the summer. "In thorough consumer research, Pepsi Next resonated very well with consumers who are seeking a new, reduced-sugar alternative to their loved cola."

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SC Johnson receives Green Power Leadership Award from EPA

BY Allison Cerra

RACINE, Wis. — SC Johnson was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency for its commitment and contribution to the advancement of the nation’s voluntary green power market.

The company said it was recognized with the 2011 Green Power Leadership Award. The award honors EPA Green Power Partners that distinguish themselves using on-site renewable energy applications, such as solar photovoltaic or landfill gas.

"SC Johnson has long been committed to reducing its environmental footprint, which makes it such an honor to be recognized by the EPA for our use of renewable energy," SC Johnson chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson said. "Using alternate energy sources such as co-generation, wind energy and even biofuels like palm shells has enabled us to make a measurable impact. We’ve reduced greenhouse gases nearly 32% in the last decade and we’ll continue to push the needle."

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Jones Soda introduces limited-edition holiday line

BY Allison Cerra

SEATTLE — Jones Soda has unveiled its limited-edition holiday beverages line.

The lineup includes gingerbread, pear tree, candy cane and sugar plum flavors. Each 12-oz. glass bottle is emblazoned with a corresponding colorful candid photo submitted by Jones Soda fans, and the four-pack itself is shrink-wrapped in a festive covering depicting holiday wrapping paper and a bright red bow, Jones said.

"At Jones, we’ve had fun over the years coming up with our annual special holiday flavors, everything from turkey-flavored soda, to Brussels sprouts, green bean casserole, you name it," Jones Soda CEO William Meissner said. "We decided to hark back to the classics this year. These flavors are actually meant to be enjoyed at holiday gatherings, as opposed to novelty flavors we’ve done in the past, but they’re still unconventional and fun, which is what our brand is all about."

Jones Soda holiday four-packs will be available for a suggested retail price of $4.99.

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