Displaying all posts from: September, 2010

PepsiCo Recognizes Whole Grains Month

Did you know that September is Whole Grain Month? At PepsiCo we are committed to increasing whole grains in our global product portfolio. For more on this topic, I talked to Frito-Lay's Director of Nutrition, Bob Brown, who was chairman of the Whole Grain Council in its second year of existence. Bob supports the U.S. Dietary Guidelines that call for more whole grains and told me that he doesn't understand why anyone would eat a sandwich with white bread. Read more

PepsiCo and the Millennium Development Goals

Last week, at the annual United Nation’s summit, the focus was on accelerating progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). PepsiCo supports the MDGs, particularly the first goal which addresses poverty and hunger, through our nutrition programs, investments in education, research on sustainable agriculture and partnerships with leading global health organizations. Global under-nutrition is a complex problem. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that today more than one billion people are undernourished. Malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies have widespread and devastating consequences, particularly in developing countries. A group of leading economists, as part of the Copenhagen Consensus has ranked providing micronutrients as one of the best opportunities for reducing malnutrition. The World Bank states in their business call to action that, “micronutrient deficiency is a hidden epidemic that leads to low birth weight, impaired cognitive development, impaired immunity, reduced earning potential and compromised... Read more

The Importance of Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Intake

The World Health Organization (WHO) cites low intake of fruits and vegetables as one of the top risk factors contributing to mortality from non-communicable diseases, hunger and micronutrient deficiencies. Researchers examining fruit and vegetable intake globally have found that populations are consuming less than half of the recommended minimum intake of 5 servings per day (400g of fresh weight equivalent). Global populations are consistently deficient in key nutrients such as folate, potassium, fiber, vitamin A, C, K and magnesium found in fruits and vegetables. Globally, people are more likely to adopt diets that include more meat, fats and refined cereals, and fewer traditional cereals, vegetables and fruit because of increasing urbanization and growing prosperity. In the most recent report from the World Health Organization on mortality and burden of disease attributable to major risks (Global Health Risks), nearly 1.7 million deaths were attributed to low intake of... Read more

Using Business Skills to Solve Social Ills: Derek Yach and Jeffrey Sturchio on the Huffington Post

Derek Yach, PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Global Health Policy and Jeffrey L. Sturchio, President and CEO of the Global Health Council, co-authored an article in The Huffington Post yesterday called Using Business Skills to Solve Social Ills. They write about the important role multi-sectoral partnerships play in achieving the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals and state their belief that “the role of the private sector, too often overlooked in international development, is critical — even indispensable — to speeding up progress on the MDGs. Some companies are already engaged, but many more can and will join the MDG effort. By aligning their business objectives and social investments with the MDG targets, corporations large and small can help move millions out of poverty.” See the complete blog post at the Huffington Post. Read more

Derek Yach on Fast Company: Naked Sells

Derek Yach, PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Global Health Policy is attending the Clinton Global Initiative this week in New York. Yesterday, he spoke with Fast Company about PepsiCo’s commitment to delivering a healthier portfolio of products and protecting natural resources. He also suggested three trends that he believes are converging to advance public-private partnerships. An excerpt of the conversation is below. “In the long term, there will be a confluence between profitability and health concerns and the quality of the environment. Consumers differentiate where they buy their products depending on their health and commitment to the environment. In order for people to buy from you, they have to trust the brand and the company, not just like the taste and the flavor. People care how your ingredients are sourced and your ethical use of resources, and the quality and nutrition of your food.” See the complete blog... Read more

Celebrating PepsiCo’s Commitment to R&D

As I’ve mentioned before, PepsiCo has made ambitious commitments to reduce added sugar, sodium and fat across our food and beverage portfolio while increasing whole grains, fruits and vegetables (Learn more about these goals and commitments). R&D plays a central role within PepsiCo, and our dedication to scientific innovation will help make these commitments a reality. Last week, as part of our inaugural “PepsiCo Academy of Sciences” award celebration, we honored some of the brightest scientific minds across PepsiCo – the cornerstones of our R&D function – who are helping us progress toward these ambitious goals.  These scientists are involved in extraordinary projects – from technological and product breakthroughs to solutions that solve cultural, flavor or textural challenges. Their ingenuity and dedication are bringing better-tasting, more nutritious products and more environmentally friendly packaging to our millions of consumers around the globe. At the event, which took place... Read more

The Next Generation of R&D Scientists

At PepsiCo, we believe in mentoring and nurturing young scientists. We, and our colleagues on the R&D team, recognize the influence of mentors as we built our own careers. In fact, our senior leadership team has formalized the importance of support systems for students and young professionals as part of our company’s talent sustainability goals. Each year, we sponsor a summer internship program for young scientists in the nutrition field. The program provides students an opportunity to see the important role the food industry can play in meeting global nutrition challenges, and it provides us the opportunity to learn from the intern’s fresh perspectives. As the summer draws to a close, we want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the great work the PepsiCo R&D interns did in nutrition science and food policy. Our 21 interns all had impressive backgrounds in science and nutrition. They hailed... Read more