Creating a healthier relationship between people and food
Our Nutrition Story
As consumers increasingly demand more-nutritious food and beverages, we continue to add product offerings with positive nutrition like whole grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy, protein and hydration.
At the same time, we are making many of our products more permissible by reducing added sugars, sodium and saturated fat to keep up with evolving consumer tastes and preferences.
Our Nutrition Story
Every day around the world, millions of people enjoy our food and beverages—and we welcome the challenge that brings. As global health continues to be affected by noncommunicable diseases like heart disease and diabetes, consumers are increasingly looking for more nutritious food and beverages. By offering a greater number of more nutritious options we seek to positively impact the future of food around the world while responding to local tastes and preferences.
This work began decades ago with a strategy that included growing our core brands while also offering more nutritious products. We also undertook an effort to reformulate our existing brands to improve their nutrition while keeping the same great taste that consumers love.
We realize that our global scale means even small changes can make a big difference. Today, our efforts to reduce added sugars, sodium and saturated fat in many of our products and make them more nutritious are informed by and aligned to the UN’s “Good Health and Well-being” and “Zero Hunger” Sustainable Development Goals.
Meeting Changing Consumer Needs and Preferences
As we look to expand our offerings of more nutritious foods and beverages, we’re reviewing our recipes and reformulating many of our products to improve their nutrition by incorporating new seasonings and ingredients and leveraging technological advances. With each new option, we're showing consumers that more nutritious products don't need to be boring. Here’s a look at some of our nutrition milestones.
From the acquisition of Smartfood to the launch of Sun Chips and Baked varieties of popular snacks, Frito-Lay has been making it easier for consumers to make more nutritious choices when deciding which snacks to buy. In 2003, Frito-Lay removed trans fat from its chips portfolio and has removed more than 400 tons of sodium from its line-up since 2006.
Since the launch of Aquafina in 1994, PepsiCo has been a leading player in hydration. Propel water, launched by Gatorade in 2002, provides calorie-free refreshment with the added benefit of electrolytes and vitamins. More recently LIFEWTR and bubly flavored sparkling water have joined the line-up.
In 1998, we acquired Tropicana, including Dole juice brands, making PepsiCo a leader in the 100% juice and juice drink category. In 2009 Tropicana debuted Trop50, with 50% less sugar and calories of orange juice and made with real oranges. In 2018 the innovation continued with the launch of Tropicana Coco Blends and Tropicana Kids.
Quaker joined the PepsiCo family in 2001 and continues to be a trusted name in whole-grains. Today, in addition to iconic Old Fashioned Oats, the Quaker line-up includes cold cereals, oat bars, rice cakes and Quaker Breakfast Flats and Oatmeal Breakfast Squares, which make the goodness of oats more accessible and convenient.
Gatorade is backed by more than 50-years of studying the best athletes in the world, including years of hydration and sports nutrition research at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Gatorade provides scientifically formulated products to meet the sports fueling needs of athletes in all phases of athletic ability.
Since becoming part of the PepsiCo family in 2007, Naked Juice premium juice and smoothies has expanded to include Naked Coconut Water, Naked Pressed cold-pressed juices and Naked Fruit, Nut & Veggie Bars.
In 2008 PepsiCo and The Strauss Group formed a joint venture to jointly acquire the Sabra Dipping Company, a maker of hummus, dips and spreads. The portfolio today includes a variety of vegetable- and seed-based products from hummus and salsa to guacamole and bean dip.
Kevita has been making probiotic and kombucha beverages using unique ingredients and a proprietary fermentation process since 2009. The brand was welcomed into the PepsiCo family in 2016 and includes a line-up of sparkling probiotics, kombuchas and apple cider vinegar tonics that are fermented and bottled in Ventura County, California. In addition to Kevita, Tropicana offers Tropicana Essential Probiotics, containing one billion probiotics per eight-ounce serving.
Tomorrow’s food begins as today’s innovations. From new R&D centers to our nutrition company incubator, we’re continually exploring new ways to make great-tasting nutritious food and beverages.
In 2017, we launched a nutrition incubator program called Nutrition Greenhouse, designed to support European nutrition food and beverage entrepreneurs. We provide opportunities for the entrepreneurs behind these brands to collaborate with experts within PepsiCo—and we award cash prizes to the most promising companies. The incubator program expanded to North America this year.
From 2016 to 2017, we increased by 3 percent the volume of beverages we produce with 100 calories or fewer from added sugars per 12-ounce serving in our Top 10 beverage markets. As consumers move toward more nutritious beverage choices, we’re responding with a number of new products with lower or no calories. We continued to roll out reduced- and no-calorie versions of our iconic brands into global markets: Pepsi Black, Mirinda and 7UP.
In 2017, in our Top 10 Foods Markets, 55 percent of our snacks portfolio did not exceed 1.3 milligrams of sodium per Calorie, and 66 percent did not exceed 1.1 grams of saturated fat per 100 Calories. In addition, more and more of our snack options include positive nutrition in the form of vegetables, whole grains and protein as compared to our portfolio prior to when we began our Performance with Purpose journey.
PepsiCo Nutrition Criteria
To meet our 2025 goals and further accelerate PepsiCo’s expansion of more nutritious products, we use a set of science-based nutrition guidelines called the PepsiCo Nutrition Criteria (PNC). These criteria are based on dietary and nutrient recommendations from leading global and national nutrition authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO), 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.