Range of PepsiCo products

PepsiCo Nutrition Philosophy

Our journey began decades ago and we continue to this day with a strategy that focuses on both reformulation and innovation. We reformulate our existing products to improve their nutritional value as well as growing our core brands and innovating into new areas to offer more nutritious products. 

Global health continues to be impacted by the rise in obesity and concomitant poor dietary quality leading to suboptimal nutrition status and increased risk of ill-health and chronic disease. By offering consumers more nutritious food and beverage options, we seek to positively impact the future of food around the world while ensuring local tastes and preferences are considered.

We strive to add product offerings with positive nutrition like whole grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy and protein, as well as supporting good hydration.

Development of PepsiCo’s Nutrition Criteria

As part of PepsiCo’s transformation journey, the PepsiCo Nutrition Criteria (PNC) were developed, as a set of science-based nutrition guidelines that serve as a compass to assist PepsiCo’s portfolio transformation. The PNC are based on food and nutrient recommendations from leading global and national nutrition authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Academy of Medicine and dietary guidelines from numerous countries.

The PNC sets standards for nutrients to limit, and nutrients and food groups to encourage that are based on the latest science and country-specific dietary guidelines.

Each level includes criteria related to:

  • Maximum levels for nutrients to limit
  • Minimal levels for food groups to encourage
  • Minimum levels for nutrients to encourage


The Scope of PepsiCo Nutrition Criteria
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Nutrients to Limit

Nutrients that have been well-established as dietary factors that can contribute to the risk of specific diseases when consumed in excess. They include:

  • Saturated Fats
  • Trans Fats
  • Sodium
  • Added Sugars
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Food Groups to Encourage

Food groups that have been well-established as contributing to healthier diets. They include:

  •  Fruit
  •  Vegetables
  •  Whole Grains
  •  Low Fat Dairy
  •  Nuts
  •  Seeds
  •  Legumes/Pulses
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Nutrients to Encourage

Nutrients that have been identified as being commonly under-consumed in a population. They are often called “shortfall nutrients”. They may include:

  • Iron
  • Fiber
  • Specific Vitamins and/or Minerals such as Calcium

PepsiCo Nutrition
Criteria Categories

Our global portfolio was divided into 10 categories, and a unique set of multi-level criteria was developed for each category.

  • Cereal (Grains Foods & Savory)
  • Side Dishes, Breads, Grains, Pastas, Flours (Grains and Savory)
  • Nutrition Forward Snacks
  • Savory and Sweet Snacks
  • Dips, Nuts, Seeds, Nut Butters
  • Soft Drinks​
  • Teas and Coffees​
  • Water and Sparkling Waters​
  • Dairy and Plant-based
  • Fruit and Vegetable Juices


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Reformulation and Innovation Efforts

PepsiCo’s transformation journey is not easy or fast: we are working hard despite technical challenges to introduce new products that contain nutritious ingredients such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.


Nutrition: Sustainability Agenda

We have set 2025 goals focusing on reformulation and innovation that guide our approach to portfolio expansion.

Product Goals:
Improved Choices Across Our Portfolio

Reduce Added Sugars
Reduce Saturated Fat
Reduce Sodium
global beverages portfolio ≤ 100kcal from added sugars per 12-oz (355ml) serving
global foods portfolio ≤1.1g sat fat per 100kcal
global foods portfolio ≤1.3mg sodium per kcal
Up from 47% in 2019
*2019 Top 26 beverage markets
Up from 61% in 2019
** 2019 Top 23 food markets
Up from 61% in 2019
** 2019 Top 23 food markets