GLOBAL: PepsiCo Vows To Lower Calories, Reduce Sodium

PepsiCo has made a major new move in its drive to offer healthier products, pledging to significantly lower the amount of calories present in the beverages it manufactures while reducing sodium levels in its snacks.  The group also said it will aim to reduce its carbon footprint and its use of water.

PepsiCo is now aiming for at least two-thirds of the company’s beverages to contain 100 calories or less per 12-ounce serving by 2025.  As part of this drive, the group will increasingly focus on zero or lower-calorie drinks.

Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, noted: “Technology breakthroughs right now are resulting in better-tasting colas, almost as good as the full-sugar colas, but with lower calories. So we’re now faced with [an] interesting opportunity to step the consumer down to lower sweetness levels.”

As part of its healthier-for-you drive, PepsiCo will also cut down the amount of sodium present in its snacks.  By 2025, the group expects 75% of its food offer to not contain more than 1.3mg of sodium per calorie, and not more than 1.1gm of saturated fat per 100 calories.

Nooyi noted: “By applying the seasoning differently, we can actually still make it a salty snack, but with lower sodium levels, and that’s what we have managed to do with… our products in countries like the UK and China, where we’ve reduced salt levels significantly”.  She noted that sales via its ‘Hello Goodness’ vending machines – which offer healthier options – are higher than those of its regular vending machines.

The group also said it will work improving its sustainability footprint, and is aiming to lower greenhouse gas emissions from its value chain by 20% by 2013.  Additionally, it is aiming to improve “water efficiency of its direct agricultural supply chain in high water-risk areas” by 15% by 2025. It will also look to replenish 100% of the water it consumes in its manufacturing operations within such ‘high-water-risk’ areas, and will “improve water efficiency of its direct manufacturing operations by 25% by 2025.”