A major Pepsi bottler announced in August that it would begin making Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback with Idaho beet sugar.

Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC will use sugar from the Amalgamated Sugar Co. plant in Nampa.

"We will literally be buying sugar from our neighbors across the street here in Nampa to manufacture these products," Tim McGee, vice president and general manager of Pepsi Bottling Ventures, said in a press release.

Both products will be available to consumers in the Idaho market for a limited time.

Nationally, the beverage industry has reported strong interest in drinks containing sugar in place of high-fructose corn syrup or other corn syrups.

The sugar industry hopes to capitalize on the "retro" trend.

-- Dave Wilkins

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