Displaying all posts from: October, 2010

Conference Update on Micronutrient Bioavailability

Several weeks ago, I attended UC Davis’s Bioavailability conference in Pacific Grove, CA where researchers from around the world presented on numerous topics relating to micronutrient bioavailability that revealed exciting new research underway. Iron was a centerpiece of many discussions because it is the most common micronutrient deficiency worldwide, technically challenging to fortify, and complex interactions control its bioavailability. Various mechanisms in the body regulate iron homeostasis by sensing dietary iron content, iron storage levels, and erythropoietic iron requirements and then adjust iron absorption and transport accordingly (Sharp P., Srai SK. World J Gastroenterol 2007;13(35):4716-4724).  In the lumen, specific iron transporters and/or dietary factors help reduce ferric iron to ferrous iron for absorption into the cell system, while others are responsible for duodenal iron transport and homeostasis. Day-to-day variability in iron absorption is governed by the presence of iron “enhancers” and/or “inhibitors” in the diet. Numerous enhancers... Read more

PepsiCo at the 2010 World Food Prize

During her keynote at last year’s World Food Prize, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi stressed the need for public-private partnerships, a recognition that has been mirrored at meetings of entities such as the World Economic Forum and the World Health Organization. Last week’s 2010 World Food Prize furthered the idea, with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announcing the creation of the Feed the Future Private Investment Center. Shah described the project as “a new public-private partnership hub that… will expand on existing relationships with multinationals and local businesses, and facilitate engagement with new private sector partners.” It is therefore fitting that PepsiCo officials were present at the event to continue Nooyi’s outreach of the year before. The World Food Prize allows for networking with experts in the agriculture, health, and nutrition fields, and it contributes to company knowledge of how to put our goals and commitments into... Read more

PepsiCo Academy of Science Awards: Nimbooz™ by 7UP

As Mehmood Khan wrote last month, the inaugural PepsiCo Academy of Science awards were held in September. He said we'd be telling you more about some of the innovations we recognized and today it's my pleasure to highlight some of the R&D behind our Nimbooz™ product. By way of background, about one percent of beverages consumed in India are in packages - the other 99 percent come from street vendors or are prepared in the home. Despite this tradition, the on-the-go consumer in India still has a need for a packaged beverage. Read more

PepsiCo’s new Global Nutrition Group

Our chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi, made an exciting announcement today about the newly established Global Nutrition Group (GNG) and I wanted to take a moment to recognize this historic step for the company. It is no secret that we are making efforts to triple our business in our “good-for-you” (GFY) product portfolio by 2020. Public health is a focus for every one of our stakeholders – consumers, investors, and regulators. With the GNG, we have the opportunity to define a new leadership role in foods and beverages based not only on taste, but on science-based health, wellness and functionality. Our mission is to establish PepsiCo as the leading provider of GFY food and beverages that are great tasting, wholesome, accessible, affordable and advantaged by science. The R&D organization will remain with me to complete the transformation that will enable efficient technology transfer across all of PepsiCo’s businesses. In... Read more

Are Public-Private Partnerships the Way to Cut Dietary Sodium?

Derek Yach, PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Global Health Policy, is featured on the Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog in a post called, “Are Public-Private Partnerships the Way to Cut Dietary Sodium?” In the post, Derek says sodium reduction is the nutrition-related public-health goal that “lends itself most readily to intervention.” He also says that public-private partnerships have “unparalleled potential” in this area and are the best way to tackle sodium reduction and other public health challenges. Read the complete post at the Wall Street Journal and leave a comment to let us know what you think. Read more