PepsiCo aims to reduce calories in soft drinks

Beverages and snacks major PepsiCo has pledged to reduce calories in its products by year 2025. PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi informed that the company aims to considerably reduce calories in its beverages and other products to deal with health concerns. The company will also improve water resource efficiency at its plants worldwide.  CEO Nooyi added that over the last ten years, the company has improved its product offerings in terms of calorie count for health conscious customers. However, Nooyi sa

Beverages and snacks major PepsiCo has pledged to reduce calories in its products by year 2025. PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi informed that the company aims to considerably reduce calories in its beverages and other products to deal with health concerns. The company will also improve water resource efficiency at its plants worldwide.

CEO Nooyi added that over the last ten years, the company has improved its product offerings in terms of calorie count for health conscious customers. However, Nooyi said that a lot more has to be done and the company is committed to improve its products and focus on zero or lower calorie products.

Health experts and governments across the world have blamed PepsiCo and Coca-Cola for serving sugary soft drinks to customers. Many campaigns have questioned the high sugar content in soft drinks offered by these multinationals. In the recent years, Coca Cola and PepsiCo have taken some steps to reduce calories and sugar content.

Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo’s chief scientific officer of research and development, informed, “It’s not just about sweeteners, it’s about understanding the flavor ingredients and having proprietary knowledge and access to them.”

France and Mexico have added taxes on sugary soft drinks with an aim to reduce their consumption. The rising obesity levels across the world have put additional pressure on healthcare systems. Several studies have been conducted on the topic and the cost of obesity has been mainly blamed on high sugar content, oils and salt in packed food products.

“Technology breakthroughs right now are resulting in better-tasting colas, almost as good as the full-sugar colas, but with lower calories. The consumer can't tell the difference, and that's the greatest thing about all of the R&D work, which is now yielding results,” added Nooyi.


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