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Coca Cola enters the upscale iced tea market with a new product.

We have not yet seen the product, but we did get a press release touting the new drink. We do not know if it is certified kosher or not. We phoned Coke but could not get an answer, so we figured we would post the news and wait to see the product. Here’s a helpful hint: if it is not kosher, do not buy it!

Ready-to-Drink Gold Peak(TM) Brings Back Classic Iced Tea

In Stores This Week, New Brand Innovation from Coca-Cola Evokes Timeless Pleasures of Comfort and the Flavor of Home

ATLANTA, July 25 /PRNewswire/ — Coca-Cola North America announced today the launch of Gold Peak(TM), a premium ready-to-drink (RTD) iced tea. With its fresh homemade taste, Gold Peak revives the timeless flavor of classic, authentic iced tea.

Offered in five great flavors – sweetened, unsweetened, lemon, diet and green tea – Gold Peak provides a bottled option for enthusiasts of home-style iced tea. The product will be offered nationwide in stylish 16.9-ounce single- serve glass bottles.

“Gold Peak is the modern, convenient expression of the classic drink we all know and love,” said Gloria Garrett, Coca-Cola North America Vice President, Hydration Business Unit. “We make it for those who love great iced tea, and it delivers a taste so balanced and delicious it reminds you of the best glass of tea you’ve ever had.”

Gold Peak’s unique carafe-like glass bottle bears a label featuring a tranquil lakeside scene, conjuring a time and place to be savored. The premium label together with the rich color of the product in the clear glass bottle enables Gold Peak to stand out among other teas as a sophisticated, upscale brand.

“The premium and super-premium segments of the RTD iced tea market are the fastest growing in the category,” said Garrett. “The category is ripe for a new premium brand with classic iced tea taste.”

The Gold Peak launch will be supported in 2006 with a fully integrated marketing program that includes national print and radio advertising, point- of-purchase displays, an interactive Web site, public relations and national sampling programs. Gold Peak will launch its consumer sampling program on July 29 at the well-known Bridgehampton Polo Club in the Hamptons, New York, where the brand will invite the famous and fashionable to rediscover classic iced tea taste.

Gold Peak will be available nationally in supermarkets, convenience and other retail stores.