Coca-Cola Zero

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Coca-Cola Zero
Coca-Cola Zero logo.svg
Type Diet Cola
Manufacturer The Coca-Cola Company
Country of origin United States
Introduced 2005
Color Caramel E-150d
Flavor Cola
Variants Coca-Cola Zero Cherry
Coca-Cola Zero Vanilla
Caffeine Free Coca-Cola Zero
Related products Diet Coke, Pepsi Max

Coca-Cola Zero, also called Coke Zero, is a low-calorie cola produced by The Coca-Cola Company.[1] It is specifically marketed to men, who were shown to associate diet drinks with women.[2] It is marketed as having a taste that is indistinguishable from standard Coca-Cola, as opposed to Diet Coke which has a different flavor profile.[3][4] In the United Kingdom, Coca-Cola Zero is being renamed to Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and is being reformulated to taste more like standard Coca-Cola. The new formulation was introduced in the United Kingdom in April 2016, with plans to roll it out in other countries in the following months.[5][6]


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.


All versions of Coca-Cola Zero sold in various countries are based on the same flavoring formula, and all are carbonated. One liter of Coca-Cola Zero contains 96 mg caffeine.[7] Additionally, artificial sweeteners are used. In the U.S., this includes aspartame and acesulfame potassium.[8] However, the exact combination of sweeteners and preservatives used varies from market to market.

Sweeteners and health concerns[edit]

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.[9] 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.[9]


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.[10] Coca-Cola introduced a vanilla-flavored version, Coca-Cola Vanilla Zero, concurrently with the relaunch of the original Coca-Cola Vanilla in May 2007.[11] Coca-Cola Zero Vanilla is available in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA.

In February 2010, Caffeine Free Coca-Cola Zero was released in France.[12] In Japan, Coca-Cola Zero Free was launched in April 2010.[13] 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.

Since 2017, a Lemon version is sold in Italy.

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Coca-Cola Zero was Coca-Cola's largest product launch in 22 years. The global campaign was done by creative agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky.[14] It is primarily marketed towards young adult males[15][16] and has been nicknamed "Bloke Coke" in the UK.[14] In the U.S., 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.[16] 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".[16] Continuing the theme, a Coca-Cola Zero ad at Super Bowl XLIII starring Troy Polamalu parodied Coke's iconic "Hey Kid, Catch!" commercial, which is interrupted by two Coca-Cola "brand managers" accusing Polamalu of "stealing" their commercial.[17][18]

In Australia, the product's launch was promoted by a fake front group; the campaign included outdoor graffiti and online spamming that mentioned a fake blog.[19][20] Once exposed, consumer advocates assailed the campaign as misleading and established the Zero Coke Movement[21] to comment on the ethics of Coke's activities.[22]

Coca-Cola Zero sponsors Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway in July, and also the Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan, a motorcycle endurance race.[23]

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.[24] The same campaign was used in North America the following summer.

In 2014, Coca-Cola relaunched Coke Zero with a "Just Add Zero" campaign in the UK and Ireland.

Christmas 2013 Campaign[edit]

For Christmas, 2013, Coke Zero launched an interactive website that allowed people to customize the designs of their Christmas sweater.[25] These knitted items of clothing have a significant role in United Kingdom Christmas traditions.[26] The concept behind the campaign was to subtly remind people that ads don't have to focus on the products to convey the warm, inviting essence of the holidays.[27]

On the website, people could detail the cut, pattern, and icons for their sweater.[28] and join a popularity contest.[29] Users could choose from Christmas trees and Santa’s head, to reindeers, sleighs, and turkeys.[30] This initiative was tied to a social media campaign[31] where the top 100 sweater designs with the most votes were manufactured and shipped to the contest winners.[32]

The campaign was a partnership between Coca Cola and an independent advertising network, Droga5 New York.[33]

According to the Coca-Cola Company, the website generated nearly 42,000 sweater designs in its first four days.[34]


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