Dondeena Bradley

Dr. Dondeena Bradley is Vice President, Global Design and Development, Nutrition Ventures. She is responsible for designing new solutions that target special nutritional needs of consumers with diverse health issues like obesity and diabetes. Previously, Dr. Bradley led PepsiCo's nutrition organization which is responsible for delivering global strategies for nutrition standards, nutrient fortification, and education programs. These three areas help to increase the capabilities of the global R&D team and support PepsiCo’s human sustainability goals.

Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2007, Dr. Bradley led the strategic marketing team accountable for the development of nutrition technology platforms and company-wide strategic planning for McNeil Nutritionals, a division of Johnson and Johnson. Previously, she held numerous roles in the areas of nutrition and health with M&M Mars, Stepan Chemical, and Campbell Soup. Dr. Bradley also founded her own business focused on health called Conceptual Ventures.

Dr. Bradley received her Doctor of Philosophy in food science from The Ohio State University and her Master of Science in nutrition from Purdue University. She completed her Bachelor of Science from Anderson University.

Displaying all posts from this author: Dondeena Bradley

At TEDxOrangeCoast: Getting addicted to health

Each year, millions of people are told to change the way they eat for better health. Why?  The bulk of medical spending is tied to lifestyle diseases, like heart disease, all of which are said to be preventable — if we just took better care of ourselves. I have been studying and observing people’s relationship with food for the past twenty years. We all generally accept the fact that what we eat and how we live affect our body and our health.  DON’T WE?!  So now I am more intrigued with another very important question — how can we create a society that’s addicted to health. The current conversation around nutrition isn’t very inspiring.  It’s no wonder (1) Experts rarely agree on nutrition science; (2) Media bombards us with conflicting reports; (3) Most doctors don’t have the time to talk about it.  Most of what we hear... Read more

PepsiCo and the NY Academy of Sciences

On Monday, PepsiCo hosted a ‘company day’ at the New York Academy of Sciences. We invited 50 students and young scientists who are all in Masters, PhD or post-doc programs to spend the day with several leaders from PepsiCo’s global R&D team. Through panel discussions, roundtables, and one-on-one interactions students learned about research opportunities and our efforts to develop products using science-based nutrition. Read more

Calories, Calories, Calories – The Number & Type Matter

Getting the right nutrition within the right number of calories is a tricky balance every day.  That’s why PepsiCo is making it easier for people to understand and manage the calories they consume by committing to displaying calorie information on all products around the world by 2012, and increasing the range of foods and beverages that offer solutions for managing daily calorie intake. To help meet this goal, our designers are working to repackage products into single-serve offerings that better enable calorie control.  For example, Frito-Lay has expanded its product portfolio offerings through portion-controlled snack packs, including 100-calorie packs and single serve packs.  Quaker has introduced 90-calorie packs of such favorites as Quaker Chewy Granola Bars and Quaker Granola Bites. We are also clearly labeling the calorie content and nutrition profile of our products to help consumers manage their daily energy needs. In the U.S. for example,... Read more

PepsiCo’s Diverse Beverage Portfolio and Reduction of Added Sugar

As part of PepsiCo’s promise to encourage people to live healthier we recently announced aggressive, industry leading goals. One of these goals, which will make a difference in the diets of millions of people, is to reduce the average amount of added sugar per serving in key global beverage brands, in key countries, by 25 percent by 2020 which includes our efforts started in 2006. People drink a variety of beverages throughout the day and at PepsiCo we pride ourselves on the fact that we have something for everyone – Tropicana for breakfast, Pepsi Max for lunch, Aquafina for hydration, and Gatorade post-workout for example.  American consumers get just over 20% of their daily calories through beverages so by implementing this added sugar goal across our portfolio, we intend to reduce the amount of sugar in millions of diets. In support of our commitment we are already... Read more

PepsiCo Supports the White House’s “Let’s Move” Initiative and Announces New Beverage Labeling Plan

PepsiCo applauds First Lady Michelle Obama’s announcement of the “Let’s Move” initiative to fight childhood obesity. We believe that as one of the largest food and beverage companies, we can play an important role in supporting this critical initiative and we look forward to working in partnership with the White House, NGOs, and other companies to make real and lasting impacts on this issue. To demonstrate our support, we announced a new beverage labeling campaign today. To help consumers manage their calorie consumption, we’ll list calorie content on the front of all our beverage containers, vending machines and fountain equipment. Packages up to 20 ounces will be labeled with total calories and multi-serve containers will be labeled with calories-per-serving based on 12-ounce servings. These changes will be complete in 2012. We believe that “Let’s Move” will bring new momentum and focus to an issue we have been working on... Read more

PepsiCo at the Food and Health Entrepreneurship Academy

PepsiCo showed up at the University of California, Davis Center for Entrepreneurship this week as a sponsor and participant in the Food and Health Entrepreneurship Academy. The academy attracts scientists in the fields of nutrition, viticulture and enology, plant science, biochemistry, nutritional genomics and fields relevant to foods for health. The discussions involved taking scientific ideas and turning them into viable business opportunities. I believe that PepsiCo is in the midst of an inspiring evolution that is leading the company to better provide consumers with more compelling product offerings, including nutrient-dense food and beverages that are affordable and accessible. My colleagues and I found participation in this event helped us to refresh our ideas, rethink the talent required to deliver, and work to redefine our business to keep it vibrant. At PepsiCo we are firm believers that the solutions to complex social problems like obesity and hunger... Read more

ICN Q&A With Dondeena Bradley

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... Read more

The Food Industry’s Role in Combating Obesity

No one disagrees that obesity is a complex social, economic, health and environmental issue that poses serious health risks. There is significant controversy on the role of business, particularly the food industry, in helping to bring solutions to this complex issue. As part of our business practices, PepsiCo believes it is our responsibility to address diet and health concerns working alongside government, NGOs and other global companies, as it requires a collective effort to effectively reduce the health risks of individuals. In our continued and ever-growing ‘Performance with Purpose’ platform, our CEO, Indra Nooyi, remains committed to the principles of public-private partnerships within best business practices. PepsiCo has made steady progress in addressing the issues surrounding obesity by continual enhancement of our portfolio. There are many examples of this including the introduction of new products that offer improved nutrition. We continue to reduce portion sizes and... Read more