[Updated Oct 20, 2020]
You haven’t been able to find Coke Zero at the normal places. Supermarkets have been sold out and some online stores are out of stock. You’re wondering if they stopped making it. What is going on?
Coke Zero has not been discontinued. Increased demand for sodas at home has created a shortage of aluminum for cans. In addition, there are disruptions in the supply of artificial sweeteners caused by COVID-19. These issues are causing a temporary shortage of many canned beverages.
Is there anywhere I can find Coke Zero in 2020?
Coca-Cola Zero Sugar is likely available from these online retailers. Some listings mention that there are limited amounts left, so you may find some are sold out by the time you read this. There is both high demand and limited supply. Use the links below to check stock levels.
[Stock levels updated Oct 20, 2020]
- Amazon: Coke Zero (15 cans, in stock), Coke Zero (35 cans, in stock) & Cherry Coke Zero (24 bottles, in stock)
- Walmart (12 pack cans, in stock)
- Target (12 pack cans, in stock some locations)
Zero sugar cola alternatives
No Coca-Cola fans like to hear this, but the best alternative to Coke Zero is Pepsi Zero Sugar. It really is the second best=tasting cola without sugar you’re going to be able to get right now. Pepsi Zero Sugar link on Amazon
Zevia makes a very popular all natural sugar free cola. But, believe me, it doesn’t taste anything like Coke Zero. It’s got a lighter taste that will take getting used to. But, if you can get used to it, there make a ton of other flavors like cherry cola, ginger root beer, a Dr. Pepper clone, and a bunch more. Zevia is currently in stock at Amazon Fresh
When will Coke Zero be back?
As of August 2020, there is still no resolution to the aluminum shortage. The high demand for sodas at home has permanently increased the worldwide need for aluminum for cans. As long as more people are out of work or working from home the demand will stay high. It will likely take several years for the worldwide supply of aluminum to increase to meet the demand.
The artificial sweetener shortage has just started in mid-Summer 2020. Factory disruptions in China have caused the supply of sweeteners to be unpredictable. Most factories making sweeteners have reopened but no one is sure that they will remain open. They will also need to catch up with the demand which has remained constant.
Cola shortage information
- Does Coke Zero contain sugar?
No. Coke Zero contains no sugar. The “zero” in Coke Zero refers to the fact that it has no sugar. To eliminate confusion, Coca-Cola launched a slightly updated formula with the name Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.
- Does Coke Zero contain caffeine?
Yes. Coke Zero contains 34 mg of caffeine per 12 oz serving. This is an average amount for sodas with added caffeine.
- What sweetener is in Coke Zero?
Coke Zero Sugar contains the artificial sweeteners aspartame and acesulfame potassium. Both ingredients are approved by the US FDA for use as a sweetener in beverages.
- What is the difference between Coke Zero and Diet Coke?
Coke Zero and Diet Coke have slightly different ingredients and flavors. Coke Zero tastes more like regular Coke. Diet Coke has a slightly lighter taste.
Coke Zero relies on a combination of aspartame and acesulfame potassium for sweetener and with potassium citrate added for flavor. Diet Coke only uses aspartame for sweetener and has citric acid added for flavor.
- What flavors of Coke Zero are there?
Here is a list of all variations of Coke Zero worldwide. You may not be able to find all of these in your local market. Some flavors have limited or no production during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Is there a caffeine free Coke Zero?
Yes, there is a caffeine free version called Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Caffeine Free. Unfortunately, it's temporarily discontinued during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I also have a post about the Caffeine Free Coke shortage.
- Where can I get more information?
The best place for official information on Coca-Cola products is their website.