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Not served in a can or bottle, Coke's newest product is 'Dasani Drops'

Coca-Cola is moving beyond the can and the bottle and the soda gun: behold the Dasani Drops, the company's newest offering, designed to enhance flavored water.

The Associated Press reports that the drops are meant to be squeezed into water — presumably Dasani, Coke's bottled water — turning it into a fruity drink. "I think there's an opportunity beyond just flavored waters," said John Roddey, vice president of Coca-Cola's water, tea, and coffee business in North America, to the AP.

One possible explanation for the step in to liquid drops: Kraft's successful MiO liquid drops. Astonishinglhy, MiO drops have brought in upwards of $100 million in revenue since their launch last March — and have inspired supermarket-brand knock-offs.

Roddey told the AP that if all goes well, the same concept of liquid drops may be adapted to flavoring tea. Meanwhile, the company's still banking on the growth of Dasani bottled water itself, which logged a 13 percent increase in sales volume in the first half of this year.


7 Terrible Myths About Coca-Cola That Are Totally Bogus

When you imagine a soft drink, many of us immediately conjure the image of a bottle of Coca-Cola in our mind's eye. This iconic beverage has become such a central part of American food culture and dominates the soda market the world over for good reason—its sugary-sweet, rich flavor connects with so many people that it has spawned candies and recipes based around its signature taste. With such a long history and powerful image, handfuls of Coca-Cola myths naturally get mixed in with facts about the drink.

With more and more people trusting information from questionable internet sources, conspiracy theories and urban legends have been thrown against Coke for decades. Trying to separate fact from fiction can prove difficult, but approaching sources skeptically always leads to the best way to get to the bottom of any rumor. You've heard these Coca-Cola myths floating around for years, but did you fall for them?


Coca-Cola's newest drink is just a few drops

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola's newest drink won't come in a bottle or a can. And people will only need a squirt or two to quench their thirst.

The world's largest beverage company is introducing its Dasani Drops in coming weeks, which can be squeezed into water for some on-the-spot fruity flavor. And Coca-Cola is betting that there's big potential for growth.

"I think there's an opportunity beyond just flavored waters," said John Roddey, vice president of Coca-Cola's water, tea and coffee business in North America.

Although there are no set plans yet, Roddey says the next logical category for liquid drops would be tea. That's because drinks with higher sugar content are harder to turn into a liquid concentrate.

The Coca-Cola Co. isn't the first to come out with flavor drops. The category was pioneered by Kraft Food Inc.'s MiO, which was introduced in March of last year and has quickly spawned copycats, including by supermarkets that sell store-brand versions.

The drops are popular because they come in small, portable containers that can be easily tucked into a purse or even back pocket. And unlike powdered drink packets, people can decide how much or little they want to squirt into their water. A small bottle can also have more than two dozen servings, meaning people save money they'd spend on bottled teas or enhanced waters.

As with Kraft's MiO drinks, Dasani Drops use artificial sweeteners and have zero calories. That could be a concern for consumers who don't like artificial sweeteners, which often have a strong aftertaste.

Now Coca-Cola is preparing to leverage its scale to stake a claim in the category. Roddey says the plan is to make Dasani Drops available wherever its Dasani bottled water is sold, including on supermarket shelves, in checkout aisles or in the refrigerated sections in convenience stores.

"We're looking to make this as broad as we can," he said.

Dasani Drops, which will cost about $4, will start hitting shelves in early October. The company is starting with four flavors, but is already planning to introduce additional flavors next year. Each bottle has about 32 servings.

Without mentioning Kraft's MiO by name, Roddey said Coca-Cola saw the early success other brands had and realized the category had huge potential.

Kraft has said that MiO sales through the first half of the year have more than doubled to more than $100 million. The name means "mine" in Italian, suggesting users can make drinks however they like.

For a beverage giant, however, the introduction of liquid flavor drops is more complicated. Coca-Cola says the drops will boost consumption of water, whether it's tap water or bottled. Ideally, of course, people would use the drops with its Dasani water, which already saw sales volume rise 13 percent in the first half of the year, according to industry tracker Beverage Digest.

Overall consumption of bottled water has also been growing, although at a much slower pace than in the early 2000s, according to Beverage Digest, which reported last week that Coca-Cola planned to introduce the drops.

The drops may hurt Coca-Cola's other units, however. The company also makes enhanced waters, such as Vitaminwater Zero.

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via FacebookA New Jersey mom awaiting trial for murdering her infant son because he was getting in the way of her affair has been hit with new charges—this time for allegedly conspiring with her boyfriend in a murder-for-hire plot.Heather Reynolds, 43, and boyfriend, 44-year-old Jeffrey Callahan, were charged this week with first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday. Reynolds was already being held at Camden County Jail on a slew of charges, including murder and endangering the welfare of a child, in connection to the May 10, 2018 death of her 17-month-old son Axel Reynolds.“During the investigation into Axel’s death, detectives uncovered evidence that Reynolds and Callahan were allegedly conspiring to have another individual killed,” prosecutors said in a news release announcing the charges. Details of the murder-for-hire scheme have not been released.In 2018, officers responded to Gloucester Township after reports of an unresponsive child on a lawn. Prosecutors allege that the 17-month-old had bruises around his mouth and nose and Reynolds told EMTs she believed he may have accidentally ingested something poisonous. He was pronounced dead at the scene.“Although no one had accused [Reynolds] of any wrongdoing, she blurted out, ‘It’s not suspicious. I didn’t do anything wrong,’” Assistant Prosecutor Peter Gallagher said during a 2019 court hearing, according to NJ.com. Axel Reynolds died from being suffocated by a poisonous wet wipe, officials said. Tribute Slides/Earle Funeral Home The medical examiner concluded on June 7, 2018, that Axel died of asphyxia and his death was a homicide, authorities said. Blood tests showed trace levels of isopropyl alcohol, which is used in antiseptics and acetone, prompting the medical examiner to conclude the infant suffocated after “a wipe containing isopropyl alcohol and detergent was placed over the mouth and nose,” according to NJ.com.Gallagher said that during the investigation, witnesses later revealed that Reynolds had used meth the night before Axel’s death and a small residue of the drug was found in her purse. Text messages obtained from Reynolds’ damaged phone showed that she was having an affair while her husband was working in another state.“A review of the text messages between the defendant and her boyfriend from the previous night reveal that [Reynolds] was becoming frustrated by the boyfriend’s apparent lack of interest,” Gallagher said in 2019. “And witnesses also told detectives that [Reynolds] had expressed the sentiment that her toddler son, the victim A.R., was an obstacle to her relationship with her boyfriend.”The prosecutor added that the boyfriend, who was not identified at the time, also slept over the night of the murder but left before police arrived.Reynolds was indicted by a grand jury on June 13, 2018. During a 2019 hearing in which Reynolds was ordered to be detained pending trial, her defense attorney insisted that while she struggled with addiction she did not kill her son.“She adamantly denies that she has anything to do with the death of her child,” attorney Michael Testa said. “She’s suffered greatly as a result of this.”https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211102659434848&set=pb.1607262985.-2207520000..&type=3An online tribute written by one of Axel Reynolds’ aunts described him as the “sweetest little boy who had a smile that made the room glow and everyone around you feel the innocence and peace that you radiated.”Callahan, who was arrested on Monday, is set to appear in court on Friday for a detention hearing. Reynolds’ next court date hasn't been set. An attorney for both was not immediately available for comment. One of Reynolds’ relatives declined to comment on the new charges, telling The Daily Beast, “unfortunately our family can not really comment on anything until the trial is over.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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On July 1, Coca-Cola will give away cans of New Coke for free at DFW International Airport.

The upside-down effort — bringing back one of Coca-Cola's most hated recipes — is a multi-layered attempt to get fans to develop a new interest in the old Coke product that debuted in April 1985.

"Hated" is right: TIME magazine calls New Coke one of the "Top 10 Bad Beverage Ideas." A sweeter-tasting New Coke was available for just 79 days before it was swapped for the original, which returned in July 1985.

(Fast-forward to 2019 and Coca-Cola comes in Orange Vanilla flavor, though. Maybe New Coke wasn't so strange?)

New Coke is aligning itself with Stranger Things, the Netflix series. Here's the deal: New Coke is from the '80s and wasn't super popular Stranger Things is set in the '80s and is wildly popular. In Stranger Things, its main characters go inside an alternate dimension called the Upside Down, and so the vending machine from which the New Cokes will be dispensed will be upside-down.

Stranger Things makes its Season 3 debut on July 4. "New Coke will appear in several episodes," says a statement from Coke.

The New Coke vending machine will be located at DFW Airport's Terminal A, near Gate A14 (which is on the other side of security). Free New Cokes will be available from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 1.

These new, old beverages are the exact formula from 1985, says a spokesman. The promotion on July 1 is the only time New Coke fans can get it in person in the Southwest, he notes. However, New Coke/Stranger Things collector's packs are also available for sale online.

Are consumers going to like New Coke now, after so many people cringed at the new recipe 34 years ago?

Stuart Kronauge, president of Coca-Cola North America's sparkling business unit, says on Coke's website that "our commitment to innovation entails more than launching new drinks — it's also about taking risks and trying bold new things in fun ways to bring delight and value to our fans. Partnering with Stranger Things undoubtedly delivers against this objective."


Need a New Afternoon Pick-Me-Up? Coca-Cola Now Comes with Coffee

With less caffeine than your average cup of joe, Coke’s latest launch may be just what you’re looking for.

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Coca-Cola

Photo courtesy of Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola is giving its fans something to buzz about. On Monday, the soda company announced the arrival of its latest beverage, Coca-Cola With Coffee, which is now available nationwide. As the drink’s name suggests, it’s Coke that’s been infused with Brazilian coffee.

The new beverage, which is apparently leading the way in the “refreshment coffee” category, “sips like a Coke and finishes like a coffee,” according to a press release. It’s also billed as a “refreshing and reinvigorating reset” for Coke and coffee drinkers.

Coca-Cola with Coffee is currently available in three signature flavors — Dark Blend, Vanilla and Caramel. Additionally, the drink’s zero-sugar counterpart comes in Dark Blend and Vanilla.

Coca-Cola with Coffee Dark Blend Can, 12 fl oz

“We’re focusing our innovation efforts on doing what Coca-Cola has always stood for and does best — which is to deliver emotional and functional uplift — in bigger, bolder, more differentiated ways,” Brandan Strickland, brand director, Coca-Cola Trademark, said in a statement. “Coca-Cola with Coffee is a true hybrid innovation that provides the perfect solution for that mid-afternoon pick-me-up we all want, especially in today’s work-from-home environment. We’re fulfilling this need state and occasion in a uniquely Coca-Cola way.”

Since it’s estimated that more than 50% of Coca-Cola drinkers and coffee loyalists enjoy both beverages on a regular basis, Coke is clearly filling a void with its latest product. “Many people are often torn between reaching for a soft drink or a coffee at 3 p.m. at work, at school or on the go,” Strickland added. “Now, you don’t need to leave Coca-Cola to get your coffee fix.”

However, while it’s easy to assume that Coca-Cola With Coffee is little more than caffeine in a bottle, the drink, which contains 69 mg of caffeine per 12-ounce can, isn’t as strong as you might think. While it does have more caffeine than regular Coke and Diet Coke, an average cup of coffee boasts 95 mg of caffeine meaning Coca-Cola With Coffee isn’t quite as strong as standard java.

While consumers in Coffee County, Georgia, had a chance to sample Coca-Cola with Coffee via drone on Monday thanks to a fun event from the brand, the first people to get a taste of Coca-Cola with Coffee were actually 2,000 members of the Coca-Cola Insiders Club who had an opportunity to sample the drink last July. The beverage subscription service, which recently relaunched, gives “Insiders” the chance to sign up to receive some of Coke’s newest drinks and surprise swag.

What’s more? The United States is actually the 50th market to launch Coca-Cola with Coffee, which was first piloted in Japan in 2018. Each country (including the U.S.), tailors the Coca-Cola With Coffee recipe and packaging mix to meet local tastes. Coca-Cola also launched a similar drink called Coca-Cola Blak in 2006, but it quietly disappeared after just a few years on the market.

Even though Coca-Cola with Coffee hasn’t been rolled out to the masses just yet, there are already signs that the drink could fare better than Coca-Cola Blak and be a hit. For example, in preliminary consumer testing more than 80% of consumers who tried Coca-Cola with Coffee said they would buy it.

The new drink joins a slate of other Coke products including Coke Energy/Coke Energy Cherry, Cherry Vanilla Coke, Orange Vanilla Coke (and their zero-sugar counterparts).


These 4 Fresh Drink Recipes Will Boost Your Day, Let’s Try It!

Unable to hang out at a café or shopping mall at this critical time should not be a really big deal. You can still mix your own fresh drink at home that will be as delicious as your favorite one at the hang out places. Let’s try some of the fresh drink recipes that you can make by using Sprite, Fanta, and Minute Maid Pulpy.

Apart from being fresh, these recipes are also easy to make. The ingredients are cheap and easy to find. So, you can save money and boost your spirit by making these fresh drinks at home. Let’s take a peek at these four fresh drink recipes.

Fun Timun Suri Melons (Lemon Cucumber)

· 1 bottle of Fanta cocopandan (390 ml)

· 1 bottle of Frestea apple 500 ml)

1. Grate timun suri and put it in a pitcher

2. Pat the basil leaves and put it in the pitcher

3. Squeeze 4 Pontianak oranges and put the juice in the pitcher

4. Pour Fanta cocopandan and Frestea apple

5. Put the ice cubes into the pitcher, mixed well

· 1 bottle of Minute Maid Pulpy Orange (300 ml)

· 1 bottle of Minute Maid Pulpy Grapefruit (300 ml)

· 200gr or 1/8 part of watermelon, cut into pieces

· 1 large celery stick, chopped

· 3 carrots, cut into pieces

Serving for three glasses:

1. Put all ingredients in the blender

2. Blend them for about 30 seconds until it becomes juice

3. Filter the juice and serve it in a glass

4. Add ice cubes to your taste

· 2 bottles of Minute Maid Pulpy Guava (300 ml)

· 1 bottle of Sprite (390 ml)

· 2 large limes, cut into eight pieces and squeeze them

· 1 Sunkist orange, peeled and sliced

· 1 Guava, peeled and cut into dice

1. Mix 2 bottles of Minute Maid Pulpy Guava and 1 bottle of Sprite into a large jar

2. Put squeezed lime juice, the Sunkist orange slices, and pieces of red guava into the jar

3. Add ice cubes to your taste

4. Stir and serve in your favorite glass

5. Use basil seeds as sprinkles

· 1 bottle of Sprite (390 ml)

· 1 lime and cut it into 4 pieces, squeeze the juice

· 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

· For garnish, cut ½ of lime into two pieces, mint leaves

1. Put 1 tablespoon of brown sugar into a glass

2. Squeeze 1 lime then add both lime juice and the fruit into the glass

3. Pat mint leaves and place it in the glass

4. Pour half of the Sprite into a glass and stir to dissolve brown sugar and extract mint leaves

5. Put crushed ice cubes and pour the rest of the Sprite into the glass

6. Add lime cuts and mint leaves as garnish

It’s easy, isn't it? Make sure you can enjoy delicious and fresh drinks while doing your daily activities, whether it is working, playing with your family, or relaxing after work. Enjoying fresh drinks and staying energized can help maintain your immunity and prevent you from catching a disease.

If you’ve tried the recipes above, don’t forget to share your fresh homemade drinks on social media so your friends will be inspired to make their own fresh drinks at home. Hopefully, these four drinks can make your days more exciting. Cheers!


Coke to Discontinue Coca-Cola Energy in U.S.

Coca-Cola Energy entered the U.S. market in January 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic soon interrupted its rollout.

Jennifer Maloney

Coca-Cola Co. is pulling the plug on its U.S. energy-drink experiment.

The soda giant started selling Coca-Cola Energy in the U.S. last year, hoping to break into a fast-growing beverage category that is dominated by Red Bull GmbH and Monster Beverage Co.

But sales were disappointing. At the end of 2020, Coca-Cola Energy represented just 0.7% of U.S. energy-drink sales, according to Beverage Digest.

Coke will discontinue sales of the energy soda in the U.S. and Canada by the end of this year, a spokeswoman said Friday. The drink will remain available overseas, where it is sold mainly in Europe, she said. Beverage Digest earlier reported the move.

The drink has more than three times the caffeine of a regular Coke and contains guarana, a supplement popular in energy drinks.


Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law

Can it be? Has Coca-Cola’s original recipe actually been uncovered after remaining secret for nearly 125 years? On the February 11 broadcast of National Public Radio’s This American Life, the producers claimed to have discovered Coca-Cola’s heavily guarded secret formula. “I am not kidding,” host Ira Glass stated at the beginning of the show. “One of the most famously guarded trade secrets on the planet: I have it right here and I am going to read it to you. I am going to read it to the world.”

According to Glass, one of the best-kept secrets had been hidden in plain view since February 18, 1979. Glass spent the first half of the program explaining how he fortuitously came across the 32-year-old edition of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, which had a picture of a page from a book of handwritten pharmacists’ recipes. The producers explained that the photo was able to fly under the radar of the masses because no one realized that it was actually a handwritten copy of John Pemberton’s original recipe.

The story of Coca-Cola’s creation is just as fascinating as the fact that the recipe has managed to remain secret for over 100 years. Coca-Cola’s origins date back to a little before 1886 with John Stith Pemberton – a Civil War veteran with a morphine addiction. In an attempt to overcome his addiction, Pemberton created Pemberton’s French Wine Coca, which was composed of coca wine and kola nut. However, after Atlanta’s passage of prohibition legislation, Pemberton recreated the drink without alcohol, called it Coca-Cola, and started selling it in pharmacies in Georgia.

Interesting enough, even as early as 1887, there was such a concern about the recipe being stolen and subsequently used by rivals that any and all paperwork containing the recipe was destroyed. Ingredients could only be identified by sight and smell as all the labels were removed.

The secrecy surrounding the formula has continued throughout the years so much so that it is rumored that only two people at any given time know the formula. According to the Coke lore, these two people are forbidden to ever ride on the same airplane so as not to tempt fate to take Coca-Cola’s billion-dollar and arguably one of the world’s best-kept secrets to the grave in the unfortunate event of a plane crash.

While the truth of these two men is unknown, it is an actual fact that Coca-Cola does not have a patent on its recipe to ensure that its secret formula remains undisclosed. A patent is a “limited right granted by the government to an inventor.” Thus, for the duration of that patent’s life, which is 20 years, the inventor has the sole right to sell, make, distribute, and license that product. However, after that patent’s time has run, the formula becomes available to the public. In 1893, Coca-Cola patented its original formula, but after the formula changed, it was not patented again.

Coca-Cola takes its secret recipe so seriously that it pulled out of the entire subcontinent of India to prevent the government’s required disclosure of its recipe.

Such extreme precautionary measures are part of what make Coca-Cola’s secret formula the epitome of what constitutes a trade secret. A trade secret is a “piece of information whose value derives from it not being widely known.” In general, a trade secret is something that is an actual secret, disclosed only to a limited amount of people, and something that the company is taking affirmative and extraordinary steps to keep secret. While trade secrets are extremely valuable and generate a lot of publicity, there is virtually no legal protection if they are discovered unless the trade secret is misappropriated. A trade secret is misappropriated when one of two things occurs: (1) the information was improperly acquired or disclosed by a third-party, or (2) the third party discloses or uses a trade secret in breach of a duty of confidentiality imposed on him by the nature of his relationship with the owner of the trade secret and the owner of the trade secret is damaged by this improper acquisition, disclosure or use.

One notable example of attempted trade secret misappropriation occurred in 2006 when Pepsi (one of Coca-Cola’s biggest rivals) refused to accept secret documents allegedly including Coca-Cola’s secret recipe from one of Coca-Cola’s then-employees for millions of dollars. In fact, Pepsi called Coca-Cola and informed them of this illegal offer. The trader was then arrested and subsequently sentenced to eight years for conspiring to steal trade secrets.

That’s right – to add to the already interesting and mysterious drink recipe, Coca-Cola is made with coca leaves, which are used to make cocaine. Coca-Cola has a special arrangement with the Drug Enforcement Agency, which permits the importation of the leaves. Since 1903, only one factory in the country is allowed to process and remove the cocaine from the coca leaf.

Given the heavy regulation of the coca leaf, it was not surprising that the batch of homemade Coca-Cola that the broadcast cooked up did not taste exactly like the real thing. One taste tester said, “it tasted like weird soda trying to be Coke,” while Phil Mooney, Coke’s resident archivist described it as, “. . . sweeter and flatter than Coca-Cola. It doesn’t have what we call the bite and the burn that Coca-Cola has.”

Coca-Cola Spokeswoman, Kerry Tressler, in rejecting that the broadcast had discovered the secret recipe stated, “many third parties have tried over time to crack our secret formula . . .[t]ry as they might, there’s only one thing. And that was not it.”


*Tierryicah Mitchell is a second-year law student at Wake Forest University School of Law and is Secretary of the Black Law Student’s Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Political Science and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation in 2012, Ms. Mitchell plans to work for the federal government.


Beef and Pork Recipes with Cola

What's the secret behind super easy yet incredibly delicious beef recipes? A can of Coca-Cola! Discover how a little bit of soda pop can transform a dinnertime staple by trying out one of the tempting beef recipes with Coca-Cola below. You'll be amazed and impressed by the simple yet rich and delicious flavors!

Get started with these delicious Best "Secret Ingredient" Burgers. We're sure that you can guess what the secret ingredient is. But you will still be surprised by how tender it makes these burgers. You may never cook another burger without Coca-Cola again!

This is another secret ingredient that you'll definitely be able to guess. Like with the secret ingredient burgers above, this recipe uses Coca-Cola to ensure that these slow cooker ribs are tender and delicious. This is one of our favorite slow cooker Coke recipes, and we think it will become one of yours too.

If you love barbecue meatballs, then you are going to love Coca-Cola in this recipe. The sweetness of the soda lends the meatball sauce so much flavor and character. It's that ingredient that will have your family asking, "What is that delicious flavor?" It's up to you whether you want to reveal your secret!

This slow cooker Coca-Cola recipe is perfect for days when you want to serve your family something amazing (but you don't feel like doing a lot of work). It's rich and savory, with that perfect amount of sweetness to balance it all out.

This is one of the easiest (and most delicious) Coca-Cola recipes with pork ever. All you have to do is throw a few ingredients into the slow cooker. Then relax as your house fills with the delicious smell of sweet-and-spicy pulled pork!


Coca-Cola's newest drink is just a few drops

Coca-Cola's newest drink won't come in a bottle or a can. And people will only need a squirt or two to quench their thirst.

The world's largest beverage company is introducing its Dasani Drops in coming weeks, which can be squeezed into water for some on-the-spot fruity flavor. And Coca-Cola is betting that there's big potential for growth.

"I think there's an opportunity beyond just flavored waters," said John Roddey, vice president of Coca-Cola's water, tea and coffee business in North America.

Although there are no set plans yet, Roddey says the next logical category for liquid drops would be tea. That's because drinks with higher sugar content are harder to turn into a liquid concentrate.

The Coca-Cola Co. isn't the first to come out with flavor drops. The category was pioneered by Kraft Food Inc.'s MiO, which was introduced in March of last year and has quickly spawned copycats, including by supermarkets that sell store-brand versions.

The drops are popular because they come in small, portable containers that can be easily tucked into a purse or even back pocket. And unlike powdered drink packets, people can decide how much or little they want to squirt into their water. A small bottle can also have more than two dozen servings, meaning people save money they'd spend on bottled teas or enhanced waters.

As with Kraft's MiO drinks, Dasani Drops use artificial sweeteners and have zero calories. That could be a concern for consumers who don't like artificial sweeteners, which often have a strong aftertaste.

Now Coca-Cola is preparing to leverage its scale to stake a claim in the category. Roddey says the plan is to make Dasani Drops available wherever its Dasani bottled water is sold, including on supermarket shelves, in checkout aisles or in the refrigerated sections in convenience stores.

"We're looking to make this as broad as we can," he said.

Dasani Drops, which will cost about $4, will start hitting shelves in early October. The company is starting with four flavors, but is already planning to introduce additional flavors next year. Each bottle has about 32 servings.

Without mentioning Kraft's MiO by name, Roddey said Coca-Cola saw the early success other brands had and realized the category had huge potential.

Kraft has said that MiO sales through the first half of the year have more than doubled to more than $100 million. The name means "mine" in Italian, suggesting users can make drinks however they like.

For a beverage giant, however, the introduction of liquid flavor drops is more complicated. Coca-Cola says the drops will boost consumption of water, whether it's tap water or bottled. Ideally, of course, people would use the drops with its Dasani water, which already saw sales volume rise 13 percent in the first half of the year, according to industry tracker Beverage Digest.

Overall consumption of bottled water has also been growing, although at a much slower pace than in the early 2000s, according to Beverage Digest, which reported last week that Coca-Cola planned to introduce the drops.

The drops may hurt Coca-Cola's other units, however. The company also makes enhanced waters, such as Vitaminwater Zero.


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