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How This Natural, Sugar-Free Soda Is Making Major Inroads With Consumers

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It all changed for Paddy Spence during a trip to in March 2010. That's when the food-industry veteran, who had given up sugar cold turkey a decade earlier, discovered Zevia. The zero-calorie soda was sweetened with , a plant-based natural sweetener he and his wife used instead of sugar.

Lucas Zarebinski

Six months later Spence, who had worked at food company Kashi and founded natural-foods research firm SPINS, purchased a lot more than a six-pack: He brought together a group of investors and executives to buy the then-3-year-old company for an undisclosed sum.

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