It is hoped the new 250ml cans will “fill a gap in the market”, following research by Britvic that found that women would like the option of a smaller can as an alternative to the current 330ml size.
The new size of can will roll out across 7UP Free and Tango by next spring. The drinks will be available in a variety of pack sizes, up to 36 cans in a box.
The range will be promoted with a sampling campaign and discount coupons.
Noel Clarke, Britvic brand controller, says: “From our research we know that consumers buy based on the number of cans inside a multipack. The more cans in a pack, the more consumption occasions there are and the more cans there are to share.”
Britvic’s research says that global sales of soft drinks cans were up 7.5% year on year to 26.4 billion cans in 2010.
Pepsi Cola, Pepsi Max and Diet Pepsi’s combined UK take home sales were up 13.2% year on year to £308m in 2010, according to the Britvic Soft Drinks Report.