the Ultimate Point in Raw Market!..

First i heard about it, before my trip to London. and i told about it to my friend who lives there. and when i got there i found out that my precious friend had already bought it and kept it in the fridge for me since i first mentioned it to her:) And when it came to taste it, i should admit that i really like it! it tastes as regular coke. in fact i prefer Coca-Cola rather than Pepsi. but when i drink Pepsi Raw i didnt taste this definite taste difference. it is so close to regular Coca-Cola tatse. for that reason i like it much. and knowing that it has natural ingredients calms down my concience for a bit:) i am sure it is still not a very "inocent" drink but at least better than regular ones:)

A bottle of Pepsi RawPepsi Raw is a cola soft drink created by PepsiCo and introduced in the United Kingdom in 2008 as a “Sparkling Cola Drink with Natural Plant Extracts”. Pepsi Raw contains naturally sourced ingredients that are free from artificial flavoring, colorings, preservatives and sweeteners. Advertising for Pepsi Raw presents the product as a natural alternative to other colas. Pepsi Raw is being marketed in the United States and Mexico under the name Pepsi Natural.

  • Sparkling water.
  • Cane sugar.
  • Apple extract.
  • Color: plain caramel.
  • Natural plant extracts (including natural caffeine and kola nut extract).
  • Citric, tartaric and lactic acids.
  • Stabilizer: gum arabic.
  • Thickener: xanthan gum.
Nutritional information per 300ml bottle:

Calories: 117.
Sugars: 28.8g.
Fat: 0g.
Saturates: 0g.
Salt: Trace.


There was good critic on Pepsi Raw in the Daily Mail newspaper:

Jaya Naraın; “Clash of the Cola Companies as Pepsi Launches 'Healthy' Option Made from All-Natural İngredients”;; 11 February 2008.

'Healthy alternative': Pepsi Raw is said to be made from natural ingredients and contains no artificial preservatives, colours, flavourings or sweeteners

You may have thought cola wars had fizzled out - with every possible variety having now been invented.

However, Pepsi is reopening hostilities by launching a new "healthy" option.

Pepsi Raw is said to be made from natural ingredients and contains no artificial preservatives, colours, flavourings or sweeteners.

Traditional Pepsi contains fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial colourings, phosphoric acid, caffeine, citric acid and natural flavours.

In comparison, Pepsi Raw has only natural ingredients including apple extract, plain caramel colouring, coffee leaf, tantaric acid from grapes, gum arabic from acacia trees, cane sugar and sparkling water. It is paler in colour and less fizzy than other cola brands.

By replacing corn syrup with cane sugar, Pepsi claims it has managed to reduce the calorie content of a 300ml bottle, from around 126 calories per serving to around 117 calories.

Cutting the amount of sugar in the drink could also help prevent damage to teeth.

To begin with, Pepsi Raw will only be available in selected bars and clubs in seven cities - London, Manchester, Glasgow, Brighton, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool, although a wider roll-out is expected later in the year.

Bruno Gruwez, Pepsi's marketing director, said: "We are really proud that the UK is leading the way with the launch of Pepsi Raw, which is the most significant innovation from Pepsi UK in the last 15 years."

The company hopes the new drink will help it catch up with Coca-Cola, which outsells all its rivals in the UK soft drinks market.

Coca-Cola held on to its position as the UK's most valuable grocery brand in 2007, despite growing pressure on shoppers to eat and drink more healthily.

Both Pepsi and Coca-Cola have numerous rival products, including several low-calorie drinks and cherry, vanilla, lime and lemon flavoured colas. Until 1903 a serving of cola contained 60mg of cocaine and to this day drinks manufacturers use extract of coca leaves - from which the drug is derived - to give cola its distinct flavour.

The UK cola market is worth £6billion a year and is dominated by the two companies that have been rivals for more than 100 years.

PEPSI RAW advertising campaign:
Advertising Agency: Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, UK

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