India: Indian company to sell its first-ever lactose-free cola

ANI – AUGUST 26: A woman takes a sip of an alcoholic drink as she walks past a display of cola vending machines in New Delhi, India, August 26, 2020.

(Photo by Sajjad Hussain/Anindito Mukherjee/Aniruddha Mukherjees/Reuters) NEW DELHI: Indian conglomerate Colgate-Palmolive Co Ltd has sold its first cola which uses lactose as a sweetener.

The company’s new line of colas, which will come in five flavors including lemon, lemonade and vanilla, will be available in grocery stores and pharmacies from August 23.

The colas are also available online.

A cola with the same sugar content as cola containing artificial sweeteners such as aspartame or saccharin will be launched in the near future, said an official.

The Colgate Cola brand was launched in India in August 2015 and the company said it will have over 7,000 locations globally by 2019.

In a bid to combat obesity, the Indian government is looking to promote healthy lifestyle with a number of initiatives, including making colas sweetened with sugar.

The government’s Food and Agriculture Ministry has announced a number plans to promote the use of sugar in the country, including a sugar tax on sugary drinks, a plan to limit the availability of sugary food products in grocery shops, and plans to reduce the amount of sugar and other additives in food.