PepsiCo is one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies with products sold in more than 200 countries and territories around the world
About the Company
In 1965, Donald Kendall, the CEO of Pepsi-Cola, and Herman Lay, the CEO of Frito-Lay, recognized what they called “a marriage made in heaven,” a single company delivering perfectly-salty snacks served alongside the best cola on earth. Their vision led to what quickly became one of the world's leading food and beverage companies: PepsiCo.
For more than 50 years, as tastes, trends and lifestyles have changed, PepsiCo has evolved with them. Our willingness to adapt and grow has transformed our snack and soda company into a collection of global brands including Pepsi and Quaker, Gatorade and Tropicana, Frito-Lay and beyond. Today, PepsiCo is one of the world’s most-respected companies with products sold in more than 200 countries and territories and twenty-two billion-dollar brands.
PepsiCo is also celebrated for its commitment to doing business the right way—to delivering Performance with Purpose—while creating the great-tasting products consumers love.
Our company is made up of six divisions: North America Beverages; Frito-Lay North America; Quaker Foods North America; Latin America; Europe Sub-Saharan Africa; and Asia, Middle East and North Africa. Each of these divisions has its own unique history and way of doing business.
The roots of North America Beverages (NAB) go back to 1898, when Caleb Bradham, an entrepreneur from New Bern, North Carolina created Pepsi-Cola and began offering it to his pharmacy customers.
For more information on the PepsiCo North America Beverages portfolio visit: www.PepsiCoBeverageFacts.com.
In 1932, C.E. Doolin entered a small San Antonio cafe and purchased a bag of corn chips. Mr. Doolin learned the corn chips manufacturer was eager to sell his small business, so Mr. Doolin purchased the recipe, began making Fritos corn chips in his mother's kitchen and sold them from his Model T Ford.
That same year, Herman W. Lay began his own potato chip business in Nashville. Not long after, Mr. Lay purchased the manufacturer, and formed the H.W. Lay & Company. The company became one of the largest snack food companies in the Southeast. In 1961, it merged with the Frito Company, becoming Frito-Lay, Inc.
Today, Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) makes some of the most-popular and high-quality snacks in the United States and Canada including Lay’s and Ruffles potato chips, Doritos tortilla chips, Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks, Tostitos tortilla chips and branded dips, Santitas tortilla chips, Sun Chips multigrain chips and Fritos corn chips. In addition, FLNA, through a joint venture with Strauss Group makes, markets, distributes and sells Sabra refrigerated dips and spreads.
For more information about Frito-Lay visit: www.FritoLay.com
The Quaker Oats Company was officially formed in 1901 when four American grain pioneers came together to incorporate the now familiar name. Dedicated to making hearty oats delicious and convenient, Quaker has remained a leading brand in oats by developing everything from breakfasts to snacks to tasty recipe ideas.
The Quaker Oats Company merged with PepsiCo in 2001. Today, Quaker Foods North America (QFNA) offers numerous products and choices including hot cereals, cold cereals, snack bars, rice snacks, Real Medleys and more.
In addition to Quaker’s brands, QFNA also makes, markets, distributes and sells cereals, rice, pasta, dairy and products such as Aunt Jemima mixes and syrups, Cap’n Crunch cereal, Life cereal and Rice-A-Roni side dishes.
For more information about Quaker Oats visit: www.quakeroats.com.
Over the course of more than 100 years, PepsiCo's Latin America business has grown to become one of the strongest foods and beverage manufacturers in the region, by working closely with local entrepreneurs and investing in lasting win-win partnerships with our suppliers and farmers, investors, consumers and communities. We are widely recognized for the economic growth that we have helped bring to Latin America.
PepsiCo Latin America sells beverages, food and snacks throughout the region employing more than 70,000 employees in 34 countries and generating$7.2 billion dollars in sales. In Latin America, our portfolio includes major global brands such as Pepsi, Quaker, Lays, Gatorade, 7UP, Tropicana, Doritos, Cheetos, SoBe, Ruffles, Mafer and Mirinda, as well as regional and local brands like Toddy, Toddynho, H2OH!, Paso de los Toros, Tortrix and Kero Coco.
PepsiCo's businesses have been operating in markets across Europe Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA) for more than 80 years, manufacturing and supplying delicious food and beverages which are enjoyed by millions of consumers each day. Our portfolio of snacks, soft drinks, dairy, juices and grains, encompasses world famous brands such as Pepsi, Lay’s, Tropicana and Quaker Oats, alongside our much-loved, local brands including Alvalle soups, Walkers crisps, Copella juice, Duyvis nuts, Agusha baby food and Simba snacks.
Our ESSA team includes more than 50,000 associates, each committed excellence, innovation and meeting consumer needs. We are now the leading manufacturer of savoury snacks, hot cereals, and juices in the sector and the second-largest producer of carbonated soft drinks and dairy.
Agriculture plays a critical role in our global business; we co-operate with farmers to locally source the highest quality potatoes, oats, corn, apples, nuts and milk. Through PepsiCo’s Sustainable Farming Programme, we work closely with farmers around the world to support and pioneer local projects that help ensure the highest quality crops and best yields, while being kind to the environment. We believe our role as a major player in the food and drink industry extends beyond the manufacture and supply of our products, and that we can positively influence the local communities where we operate. We do this through participation in a number of projects and collaborations in our local markets including offering access to nutritious food, empowering women and developing our talent of the future.
PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and North Africa (AMENA) covers four regions; Asia Pacific, Greater China, India, and the Middle East and North Africa region.
Today, PepsiCo AMENA, either independently or in conjunction with third parties, makes, markets, distributes and sells a number of leading snack food brands including Lay’s, Kurkure, Chipsy, Doritos, Cheetos and Smith’s, and many Quaker-branded cereals and snacks. PepsiCo AMENA also makes, markets, distributes and sells beverage concentrates, fountain syrups and finished goods under various beverage brands including Pepsi, Pepsi Max, 7UP, Diet Pepsi, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Aquafina, Slice and Tropicana.
The merger of Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay establishes PepsiCo, Inc.
Frito-Lay introduces Doritos brand tortilla chips, destined to become the most popular tortilla chip in the United States.
Pepsi enters Japan and Eastern Europe.
PepsiCo Chief Executive Officer Donald M. Kendall assumes the position of chairman of the board of directors on the retirement of Herman W. Lay. Lay maintains an active role in the corporation until his death December 6, 1982.
Pepsi-Cola introduces a new, modern looking logo, still featuring the red, white, and blue color scheme adopted in 1943.
Pepsi-Cola becomes the first American consumer product to be produced, marketed and sold in the former Soviet Union.