PepsiCo To Distribute New Tampico Line

Soft drink maker will distribute new line of fruit-flavored drinks from Tampico Beverages as part of new distribution agreement as it widens its line of healthy offerings.

NEW YORK (AP) -- PepsiCo Inc. will distribute a new line of fruit-flavored drinks from Tampico Beverages Inc. as part of a new distribution agreement and the company's move to widen its line of healthy offerings.

The agreement to distribute Tampico Plus was announced Friday by Pepsi Beverages Company, the soft drink maker's beverage unit in North America.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Tampico Plus, an extension of Tampico drinks, will be distributed in select markets. It has 50 percent less sugar than regular Tampico products, and vitamins C, A and E and meets school beverage guidelines for U.S. high schools, which seek to limit the amount of sugary drinks available to students.

Pepsi will start distributing Tampico Plus in the second quarter of the year in California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Florida and Georgia. It will be available in single-serve and multipacks in citrus, mango and tropical flavors.

PepsiCo, based in Purchase, N.Y., makes soft drinks, juices and snacks.

Tampico Beverages, based in Chicago, is sold in more than 55 countries and has a strong following in the U.S. Hispanic community and throughout Latin America.

Shares of PepsiCo rose 30 cents to $66.27 in afternooon trading.

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