So much for never, ever getting back together.
After removing controversial artificial sweetener aspartame from Diet Pepsi last summer, PepsiCo is bringing Diet Pepsi with aspartame back to U.S. shelves.
PepsiCo initially removed aspartame from Diet Pepsi as it was cited as the number one request from consumers, and industry executives blamed declining diet soda sales on concerns about the particular ingredient, The Associated Press reports.
But disappointing sales, with a 10.6 decrease in sales volume for Diet Pepsi in the first quarter of this year, while aspartame-sweetened Diet Coke only dropped 5.7 percent; and consumer complaints about the taste has prompted the company to bring back the original.
Though the current Diet Pepsi on the market made with sucralose will remain the primary diet soda offering, distinguished by its silver packaging, the “classic” Diet Pepsi with aspartame will have light blue packaging and be called “Diet Pepsi Classic Sweetener Blend.”
Diet Pepsi Classic Sweetener Blend will be available beginning in September in 12-ounce cans, two-liter bottles, and 20-ounce bottles.
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