Coca-Cola (KO +0.3%) says it's replacing Sprite in the U.K. with a new version of the drink...

|About: The Coca-Cola Company (KO)|By:, SA News Editor

Coca-Cola (KO +0.3%) says it's replacing Sprite in the U.K. with a new version of the drink which uses the sweetener stevia. The bigger issue: Despite the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg, Europe is a step ahead of the U.S. in leaning on soda firms to battle obesity. In the U.S., using stevia is an option to appease the health-conscious, although the worrisome "bitter aftertaste" attributed to the herb could also motivate Coca-Cola, PepsiCo (PEP +0.1%), and Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS -0.5%) to keep the status quo.