Report: Pepsi onto the 'next' best thing

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Pepsi is gearing up to launch a low-calorie soft drink, according to published reports.

The beverage maker will debut Pepsi Next, which will tout 60 calories per 12-oz. can, Beverage Digest reported last week. The beverage could be the company's way of meeting diet soda drinkers half way.

Pepsi's portfolio of beverages includes its namesake, Pepsi Max, Pepsi Natural, Pepsi One, Pepsi Throwback and Pepsi Wild Cherry, as well as diet and caffeine-free varieties.