Sodastream Gets Back to Nature with New Stevia Sweetened Sodastream Flavors

SodaStreamSodastreamSodastream announced this week they will be releasing a new line of flavors sweetened with the all-natural and plant based sweetener, Stevia.  Customers have often criticized Sodastream for their use of artificial sweeteners in their product but the company has been making strides to correct consumer’s concerns.  This move began in spring, 2011 with the release of Sodastream Sparkling Naturals, an all-natural and sugar-sweetened line of flavors.  The new line of stevia-sweetened flavors continues Sodastream’s more natural approach and will feature twelve new flavors including peach-pear, pink-grapefruit, orange, cranberry-apple, lemon lime and a new diet cola flavor scheduled for release later this year.

Sodastream customers in Europe will be the first to benefit from the new Sodastream Flavors but customers here in the United States will not have to wait long.  Sodastream is set to premier the new stevia-sweetened flavors at the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show at McCormick Place in Chicago on March 10th.  Sodastream will be releasing the new flavors for sale in the United States later this summer.  This just so happens to be about the time Sodastream is scheduled to release the new Sodastream Country Time and Crystal Light Flavors in a co-branding deal with Kraft to make their flavors available in a fizzy format for use with the Sodastream Home Soda Maker lineup.  It will be interesting to see if any of these new Kraft flavors will offer a Stevia-sweetened option.  I am not expecting this to be the case but a guy can hope, right?

Sodastream CEO, Daniel Birnbaum had this to say about the new line of stevia-sweetened flavors:

“Diet flavors sweetened naturally with stevia are another key milestone in our commitment to provide healthier alternatives to pre-packaged carbonated drinks…We remain committed to continue empowering consumers with better more innovative products.”

Not only is the announcement appropriately timed by following Sodastream’s positive quarterly results but it also shows that Sodastream continues to keep its fingers on the pulse of their consumer.  It will be interesting to see what new products and flavor options Sodastream will bring is in 2012.

Learn more about Sodastream in my Sodastream Review

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6 Responses to Sodastream Gets Back to Nature with New Stevia Sweetened Sodastream Flavors
  1. Tonya
    October 22, 2012 | 3:57 PM

    Any word on the Stevia-based flavors being available in the US? It’s way past summer and I haven’t seen any news about them since March.

    • Luke
      October 22, 2012 | 4:33 PM

      Hi Tonya, Thanks for visiting the site and leaving your question. Unfortunately, we heard some buzz about these new flavors for a while but there hasn’t been anything mentioned recently. I have been patiently waiting for them ever since I wrote this article. I have, however, found an alternative you may want to check out. Take a look at http://www.flavrzdrinkmix.com/. They don’t use 100% stevia as their sweetener but they do use a mix of Agave, Cane Sugar and Stevia to provide a “reduced calorie” all-natural product. They offer both drink mixes and soda flavors but their flavor choices are a bit limited.

      I can’t give them a 100% recommendation as of yet. I am still testing their product. I will say that for many of the flavors, I have found I need to use more of their syrup than suggested on the packaging making the calorie content higher. Feedback from blind taste tests with friends & family has gotten somewhat mixed reviews. It seems you either love or hate Flavrz. I’m only sharing it because I have not found a Stevia sweetened alternative I can suggest. As soon as Sodastream gives us any additional information on a Stevia sweetened product, I’ll be sure to post an update to the site. Thanks again for your question. – Take good care, Luke

  2. Dc
    April 21, 2012 | 6:08 PM

    I purchased the Sodastream to save money on a good alternative to name brand soda’s, I like the idea of sodastream but the taste is lacking, I wish I had known about your site sooner, but the artificial sweetener gives the soda a kinda artificial taste and does not compare in taste to name brands even those who do not use high fructose corn syrup , until they come up with a line of flavors that does not use splenda, I am afraid I am going to shelf this product to the garage.

    • Luke
      April 22, 2012 | 7:14 PM

      DC, Thanks for visiting the site and taking the time to leave your comments. Have you tried the Sodastream Sparkling Naturals yet? This line of Sodastream Flavors does not use any artificial sweeteners and could be a good option for you. You might also be interested in my upcoming series on Sodastream Flavor Alternatives. These pages will be released in the coming weeks and should help you find some additional alternatives to the Sodastream Flavors. Please come back and check for updates frequently. – Take good care, Luke

  3. sharon carpenter
    March 10, 2012 | 4:07 PM

    I think this has been a great review. I am a four coke girl. We recently switched to tea with stevia. Is there somewhere where stores regularly let customers do taste. Tests. I live near Springfield MO. I would hate to buy this thing and hate it.

    • Luke
      March 10, 2012 | 4:31 PM

      Sharon, Thanks for taking the time to visit my Sodastream site and leave a comment. Demonstrations are performed at the local store’s discretion. Bed Bath & Beyond, CostCo and Williams-Sonoma are all known to offer demonstrations with taste tests from time to time but most retailers that cary the Sodastream will offer them at some point. Unfortunately, there is no schedule to when these are available. The best thing to do would be to call one of your local retailers that stocks the Sodastream and ask when they will be having a demonstration. You can use this Where to Buy Sodastream link to find local retailers near you. – Take good care, Luke