|Manufacturer||The Coca-Cola Company|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Variants||Coca-Cola Cherry Zero
Coca-Cola Vanilla Zero
Caffeine Free Coca-Cola Zero
Coca-Cola Lime Zero
|Related products||Pepsi Max|
Coca-Cola Zero or Coke Zero is a product of The Coca-Cola Company. It is a low-calorie (0.50 kilocalories per 150ml) variation of Coca-Cola specifically marketed to men, who were shown to associate diet drinks with women. It is marketed as tasting indistinguishable from standard Coca-Cola, as opposed to Diet Coke which has a different formulation.
The Coca-Cola Zero logo has generally featured the script Coca-Cola logo in red with white trim on a black background, with the word "zero" underneath in lower case in the geometric typeface Avenir (or a customized version of it). Some details have varied from country to country. In the U.S., the letters decline in weight over the course of the word.
All versions of Coke Zero sold in various countries are based on the same flavoring formula, and all are carbonated. 1 liter of Coke Zero contains 96 mg caffeine. However, the exact combination of artificial sweeteners and preservatives used varies from market to market.
Sweeteners and health concerns
Sodium cyclamate, a relatively inexpensive artificial sweetener banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1969 and once believed to be a carcinogen, has been used in the Coca-Cola Zero versions produced in Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Venezuela, Chile, and some Central American countries. It was used for a time in Mexico, before a consumer campaign led to its removal from the drink in 2008. In June 2009 Venezuela ordered Coca-Cola to withdraw its Coca-Cola Zero product, as it contained more than the legal levels of sodium cyclamate.
Coca-Cola Cherry Zero is a flavored variation of Coca-Cola Zero. In late January 2007, it was introduced to store shelves and was widely available throughout the United States before its official debut, which occurred on 7 February 2007 at New York City's Fashion Week. Coca-Cola introduced a vanilla-flavored version, Coca-Cola Vanilla Zero, concurrently with the relaunch of the original Coca-Cola Vanilla in May 2007. Coke Vanilla Zero is currently available in the U.S., Nauru and Australia, Sweden, and from November 2011 as a "Limited Edition" in New Zealand.
In February 2010, Coca-Cola Zéro sans caféine (Caffeine Free Coca-Cola Zero) was released in France. In Japan, Coca-Cola Zero Free launched in April 2010. In the Netherlands, "Coca-Cola Zero Caffeine Free" has been sold since the start of 2011. In the USA, the product has been sold since July 2013.
Coke Zero was Coca-Cola's largest product launch in 22 years. It is primarily marketed towards young adult males and has even been nicknamed "Bloke Coke" in the UK. In the US, advertising has been tailored to its targeted market by describing the drink as "calorie-free" rather than "diet", since young adult males are said to associate diet drinks with women. U.S. marketing has also emphasized its similarity in taste to sugared Coca-Cola through a 2007 U.S. viral marketing campaign that suggested the company's executives were so angry over the drinks' similarities, they were considering suing their coworkers for "taste infringement".
In Australia, the product was originally promoted by a fake front group;[dead link] the campaign included outdoor graffiti and online spamming that mentioned a fake blog. Once exposed, consumer advocates assailed the campaign as misleading and established the Zero Coke Movement to comment on the ethics of Coke's activities.
In 2013, Coca-Cola swapped the logo on Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero bottles and cans in many European countries with 150 of local most popular names for a summer-long "Share a Coke" campaign.
Coke Zero is currently sold in:
- Argentina (since January 2007)
- Aruba (since 2009)
- Australia (since January 2006, also Cherry and Vanilla Zero)
- Austria (since February 2007)
- Belgium (since August 2006)
- Bolivia (since January 2007)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina (since January 2012)
- Brazil (since January 2007)
- Bulgaria (since March 2013)
- Canada Also Coca-Cola Vanilla Zero
- Chile (since April 2007)
- China (since January 2008)
- Colombia (since February 2008)
- Costa Rica (since September 2008)
- Croatia (since February 2007)
- Cyprus (since August 2007)
- Czech Republic (since January 2008)
- Denmark (since January 2007)
- Dominican Republic (since April 2008)
- Ecuador (since September 2007)
- Egypt (since July 2007)
- El Salvador (since November 2007)
- Estonia (since March 2008)
- Faroe Islands (since January 2007)
- Finland (since November 2006) Also Cherry Zero
- France (since January 2007) also Caffeine Free Zero
- Germany (since July 2006) Also Caffeine Free Zero
- Greece (since January 2007) Also Caffeine Free Zero
- Guatemala (since May 2012)
- Hong Kong (since March 2007)
- Hungary (since April 2008)
- Iceland (since March 2007)
- India (imported from the Middle East)
- Indonesia (since February 2008)
- Ireland (since June 2006)
- Israel (since March 2008)
- Jamaica (since June 2009)
- Japan (since June 2007) Also Caffeine Free Zero
- Jordan (since 2007)
- Lithuania (since March 2008)
- Latvia (since March 2008)
- Macedonia (since March 2013)
- Malaysia (since March 2008, limited to Jusco stores only)
- Mauritius (since August 2008)
- Mexico (since January 2007)
- New Zealand (since January 2006) Also Vanilla Zero
- Netherlands (since February 2007) Also Caffeine Free Zero
- Nicaragua (since early 2012)
- Norway (since September 2006)
- Palestinian territories (since February 2008)
- Panama (since February 2009)
- Papua New Guinea (since 2007)
- Peru (since January 2007)
- Philippines (since February 2008)
- Poland (since March 2008)
- Portugal (since May 2007)
- Puerto Rico
- Romania (since April 2007)
- Rwanda (since 2008)
- Saudi Arabia
- Serbia (since September 2007)
- Singapore (since February 2008)
- Slovakia (since January 2008)
- Slovenia (since January 2008)
- South Africa (since August 2008)
- South Korea (since April 2006)
- Spain (since June 2006) Also Caffeine free
- St. Kitts and Nevis (since September 2009)
- Sweden (since March 2007) also Vanilla Zero
- Switzerland (since February 2007)
- Thailand (since May 2007)
- Taiwan (since March 2007)
- Trinidad and Tobago (since 2007)
- Tunisia (since 2008)
- Turkey (since February 2008)
- The Bahamas
- Uganda (since November 2011)
- Ukraine (2011)
- The United Arab Emirates (since February 2008)
- The United Kingdom (since 10 June 2006) Also Cherry Zero
- The United States (since June 2005) also Caffeine free, Cherry and Vanilla Zero
- Uruguay (since December 2007)
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- Austrian Campaign website
- Canadian Campaign website
- Swiss Campaign website
- United States Campaign website
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