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LONDON — Coca-Cola is set to launch its first ever alcoholic drink.

The soft drink company is planning to launch a Chu-Hi drink in Japan, according to the Financial Times. Chu-Hi is a local beverage made by mixing carbonated water with the spirit shōchū and some flavoring such as lemon or lime.

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Jorge Garduño, president of Coca-Cola Japan, said in a Q&A with the company's website: "We haven't experimented in the low alcohol category before, but it's an example of how we continue to explore opportunities outside our core areas."

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The venture is the first alcoholic drink produced by Coca-Cola in its 126-year history. Garduño said it is "a modest experiment for a specific slice of our market" and added: "I don't think people around the world should expect to see this kind of thing from Coca-Cola."

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Coca-Cola has been battling falling sales globally as health-conscious consumers shun fizzy drinks in favor of beverages such as coconut water and flavored sparkling waters, like the cult US drink La Croix.