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Taco Bell introducing 6 new drinks

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Choosing which drink to go with your Taco Bell combo may get a little more difficult.  The Mexican food fast-food chain is rolling out an expanded drink menu.  Six new beverages will be added Friday.  Three of the new drinks will be carbonated, and three non-carbonated.

The biggest of the bunch is expected to be a fruit-infused Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast.  This soda will be available only at Taco Bell.  There's also Manzanita Sol.  It's an apple-flavored soda.  The third soda is Diet Mountain Dew Baja Blast.  The non-carbonated options include two Brisk tea drinks.  Brisk Mango iced tea and Brisk Half and Half will be featured along with SoBe Lifewater Yumberry Pomegranate.

So why is there so much focus on the beverages?  About 56% of fast-food purchases involved a beverage last year, says NPD Group/CREST.  Drinks can account for 30-40% of business for fast-food restaurants.  This beverage line roll out is rare.  Often one or two new items come out at a time.  You don't often see six in a single promotion.

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