Why is it important for PepsiCo to be at ICN?
Historically, the mission of addressing hunger/obesity has been the province of governments, NGOs and nonprofits. The world has dramatically changed and we all have a responsibility and an opportunity to participate in finding a solution. When I say “we,” I refer to academics, nutritionists, clinical scientists and, yes, to food companies like PepsiCo. As one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, we believe it is our responsibility to understand the diverse nutrition needs of populations around the world and to consequently offer a wide range of food, snacks and beverages that address those needs. Attending meetings as the International Congress of Nutrition is a key step in that understanding process, as we can use this unique opportunity to connect with peers, with colleagues, and with young research scientists from around the world.
What can PepsiCo contribute?
We are intent on using science-based research and development to accelerate transformation of our portfolio and how we market it so as to play a significant role in tackling major nutrition needs – from overweight to underweight. At ICN, we’ve established new relationships and identified common goals that will prove beneficial in our journey to bring science-based solutions to the many nutritional challenges across the globe.
What have you learned?
I learned that we have made a lot of progress in understanding how to come together to pursue public-private partnerships that are critical for solving complex problems around diet and a healthy lifestyle. Specifically, when we come from the basis of science, our credibility increases and our seat at the table enables us to engage at a different level. Finally, we have an amazing team of diverse critical and committed talent that will enable us to continue to live into our vision for human sustainability.