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**Sierra Mist Products:**
– Sierra Mist (HFCS version) produced from 1999 to 2010 and 2016 to 2018
– Sierra Mist Zero Sugar available from 2000 to 2016 and 2018 to 2023
– Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash from 2006 to 2016
– Sierra Mist (with real sugar) available from 2010 to 2016 and 2018 to 2023
– Mist Twst variants like Cherry and Cranberry available from 2016 to 2018
– Sierra Mist Strawberry Kiwi Splash introduced in 2012

**Sierra Mist Flavors:**
– Sierra Mist Undercover Orange
– Sierra Mist Ruby Splash/Diet Sierra Mist Ruby Splash
– Sierra Mist Natural
– Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash with Real Sugar
– Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash

**Sierra Mist Formula Changes and Rebranding:**
– Original formula with high-fructose corn syrup and/or sugar from 2000 to 2006
– Transition to only high-fructose corn syrup from 2006 to 2010
– Introduction of Sierra Mist Natural in August 2010 with sucrose
– Addition of stevia in 2014, leading to reversion to Sierra Mist name
– Rebranding to Mist Twst in 2015, then back to Sierra Mist in 2018
– Discontinuation announced by Pepsi in January 2023, replaced by Starry

**Sierra Mist Promotion and Sponsorship:**
– Mist Takes commercials featuring comedians like Nicole Sullivan and Jim Gaffigan
– Limited-time release sodas tied to the film ‘Get Smart’
– Official sponsor of Major League Soccer until 2015
– Partnership with MLS ended with Coca-Cola’s new deal in 2015

**PepsiCo Overview:**
– Founder: Caleb Bradham
– Brands under PepsiCo: Honey Ohs!, North American Van Lines, Wilson Sporting Goods, Yum! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell)
– Executives: Chairman Indra Nooyi, CEO Ramon Laguarta
– Controversies: ‘Pepsi, Where’s My Jet?’ incident, Pepsiman, Lawsuit involving Leonard v. Pepsico, Inc., Operations outside the U.S.

Sierra Mist (Wikipedia)

Sierra Mist is a discontinued lemon-lime flavored soft drink line. Originally introduced by PepsiCo in 1999, it was eventually made available in all US markets by 2003. The name is a play on Mountain Dew: "sierra" is the Spanish word for "mountain range" and both mist and dew are composed of water droplets. The drink was rebranded as "Mist Twst" in 2016, but reverted to Sierra Mist in 2018. In early 2023, Sierra Mist was replaced by Starry. The brand was aimed at competing with Sprite and 7 Up.

Sierra Mist
Final logo, used from 2018 to 2023
Product typeLemon-lime soft drink
IntroducedMay 7, 1999; 24 years ago (1999-05-07)
DiscontinuedJanuary 9, 2023; 15 months ago (2023-01-09)
Related brandsTeem
Lemon-lime Slice (predecessor)
Starry (successor) Archived official website at the Wayback Machine (archive index)
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