New Pepsi bottle, Pepsi is rolling out a new shape for its 567-gram bottle for the first time in about 17 years. The new bottle has a contoured bottom half that appears easier for holding, and the wraparound label is shorter so that more of the drink is exposed.
The change follows a number of splashy moves in the past year by PepsiCo to improve results for its namesake soda, including a multi-year deal to sponsor the Super Bowl halftime show and a wide-ranging deal with the pop star Beyonce. PepsiCo Inc, based in Purchase, New York, has been working to revitalize the brand after losing market share to Coca-Cola Co in recent years.
Andrea Foote, a PepsiCo spokeswoman, said the new bottle is part of the company's ongoing update of marketing and packaging materials for the cola. The single-serve bottles, which are widely sold in coolers at drugstores and other retailers, will begin rolling out in April.
Foote said it will take a year or two before the new bottles entirely replace the current bottles, which the company says were introduced in 1996. Coca-Cola, based in Atlanta, says its current 567 gram contour bottle made its US debut in 1993. Small changes were made over the years, such as making the surface easier to grip and shortening the neck of the bottle.
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