Four Loko maker in deal with FTC

WASHINGTON — The maker of a popular carbonated alcoholic drink guzzled on college campuses is going to be changing the look of its Four Loko cans to settle the government’s charges of deceptive marketing.

The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that Chicago-based Phusion Projects will be required to put an ‘‘alcohol facts panel’’ on the back of flavored malt beverage cans containing more than two servings of alcohol. The panel would disclose the alcohol by volume and the number of servings in the container.

Phusion also will have to redesign cans of drinks containing more than 2½ servings of alcohol so they can be resealed and the drink wouldn’t have to be consumed in one sitting.


Company cofounder Jaisen Freeman said Phusion did not agree with the allegations, but considered the agreement a way to move forward.