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In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, Brian Sweger hands out cans of Coke Zero in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Coca-Cola is phasing out Coke Zero in the US


Coca-Coca Co. announced Wednesday that it will replace Coke Zero with Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in the U.S.

The company reported flat beverage sales globally for the second quarter but said it is encouraged by the performance of its no-calorie sodas in foreign markets. Sales of no-calorie and low-calorie drinks rose in the "mid single digits," with Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in the "double digits," according to USA Today.

The company first debuted the new soda recipe in Great Britain in June 2016. Later in the year the soda was launched in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland.

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar has now expanded to 25 markets outside of the U.S. and is expected to arrive in the U.S. market in August. Coke Zero will slowly be phased out of the market after Coca-Coca Zero Sugar arrives.

"Our performance gives us confidence that we will achieve our full-year financial objectives even in the face of challenging conditions, and also demonstrates further success in evolving our portfolio to meet changing consumer tastes and preferences," Coke CEO James Quincey said in a statement.

Some Twitter users are sad about the news.

Others think new soda will not make a difference in the quality. One Facebook user "Frank Martino wrote "Same crap different name!"

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