A range of healthy PepsiCo Products

PepsiCo Nutrition Philosophy

Our journey began decades ago and we continue to this day with a strategy that not only focuses on incorporating more diverse ingredients into our reformulation and innovation efforts, but also on continuing to reduce sodium, saturated fat and added sugars.

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

In alignment with global dietary guidelines and a healthy sustainable diet, we strive to deliver nutritional benefits through the provision of food groups to encourage (beans/peas/lentils, whole grains, fruits & vegetables, nuts & seeds, and low fat/fat free dairy) and more plant-based sources of protein. We additionally support the importance of maintaining good hydration through our growing portfolio of no and low calorie soft drinks and waters.

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 are a set of food and beverage category specific nutrition criteria that are based on the latest science and country-specific dietary guidelines. The criteria aim to address nutrient density by setting maximums for nutrients to limit and minimums for positive nutritional attributes.

PepsiCo Nutrition Criteria
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CRITERIA FOR:
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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CRITERIA FOR:
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
  •  Beans, Peas & Lentils
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CRITERIA FOR:
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
Read more about our PNC

To inspire Positive Choices, a key pillar of our pep+ transformation, PepsiCo Health and Nutrition Sciences published PepsiCo’s Nutrition Criteria.

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.

 

We seek to improve nutrient density in-line with consumer demand and provide more choice through innovation and reformulation.

Healthier
Products

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Product Example
Quaker High Fiber Maple Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal

Before Reform:
Sodium 1.5mg/kcal

After Reform:
Sodium 1.3mg/kcal

Simple
Labels

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Product Example
Bare Snacks

Ingredients:
Apples

Recognizable
Ingredients

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Product Example
Off The Eaten Path

Ingredients: Rice Flour, Sunflower Oil, Dried Green Peas, Dried Yellow Peas Dried Black Beans, Sea Salt, and Mixed Tocopherols (Antioxidant)

Convenient Products
With Positive Nutrition

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Product Example
Naked Blue Machine

100% Juice, No Added Sugar, Packed with Vitamins C, E, B6 & B12

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

GOAL
GOAL
Reduce Added Sugars
GOAL
Reduce Saturated Fat
GOAL
Reduce Sodium
2025 TARGET
2025 TARGET
≥ 67%
of beverage portfolio volume will have ≤ 100 Calories from added sugars per 12oz. serving
2025 TARGET
≥ 75%
of convenient foods portfolio volume will not exceed 1.1 gm of saturated fat per 100 Calories
2025 TARGET
≥ 75%
of convenient foods portfolio volume will not exceed 1.3 mg of sodium per Calorie
PROGRESS
PROGRESS
53%*
Up from 48% in 2020
*2020 Top 26 beverage markets
PROGRESS
75%**
Up from 71% in 2020
** 2020 Top 23 convenient food markets
PROGRESS
66%**
Up from 64% in 2020
**2020 Top 23 convenient foods markets