PepsiCo’s Global Health and Agriculture Policy team recently worked with professors at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to organize a meeting on Chickpea Plant and Nutrition Science in Tel Aviv, Israel. The conference brought together experts in health, agriculture, and food engineering to offer insights into the cultivation, nutritional benefits and food processing characteristics of chickpea. We were pleased to be joined by representatives from the Strauss Group, a leading Israeli food company and our partners in a joint venture under the Sabra brand, Ethiopian agriculture experts, Israeli technicians, and an expert from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). The Middle East seemed a natural location to hold the meeting because its history of crop domestication and intersecting trade routes corresponds with a natural biodiversity of species. In fact, we were delighted to find wild populations of chickpea, barley, and wheat... Read more

It turns out that PepsiCo is leading the way in environment-friendly measures to reduce waste, such as reusing wasted cellulose fiber. Read more

In case you missed it, the Chicago Tribune ran an interesting story a few days ago looking at the larger effort to develop healthier products. R&D plays a central role within PepsiCo, and our dedication to scientific innovation will help make our goals and commitments a reality. Read more

When we wrote earlier about PepsiCo’s new partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank to expand commercial sunflower crop production in Mexico, we talked about the nutritional benefits of shifting to heart-healthy, high-oleic sunflower oil (“HOSO”) in Mexico,an oil that is significantly lower in saturated fats than compared to other commonly-used oils. Read more

This post is co-authored by Jose Luis Prado, President, Quaker Foods and Snacks North America, PepsiCo // Eating a healthy breakfast is a fundamental step in building a nutritious, total diet that meets the updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans. A growing body of research supports eating breakfast regularly for heart health, lower body weight and improved overall diet quality. Breakfast consumers tend to have higher micronutrient intakes, partly because of the fortification of breakfast cereals, and have a better macronutrient profile than “breakfast skippers” (1). Studies in children suggest that breakfast eaters are more likely to meet daily nutrient intake guidelines compared with children who eat breakfast infrequently or skip breakfast (2). Evidence suggests that regular breakfast consumers also have healthier body weights than those who skip breakfast (3). It has been suggested that skipping breakfast may lead to overall greater levels of hunger later in the... Read more

PepsiCo was part of an exciting announcement this week – we became the first private sector company to participate in one of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) regional trust funds for development activities. The IDB is the largest multilateral provider of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, and we hope that our five-year partnership will spur social and economic growth in 26 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. The inaugural agriculture project of the partnership will significantly expand commercial sunflower crop production in Mexico and create a sustainable market for sunflower production. For PepsiCo, the sunflower crop will provide a source of heart-healthy high-oleic sunflower oil (HOSO) for cooking many PepsiCo products produced in Mexico under the Sabritas and Gamesa-Quaker brands. Currently the demand of HOSO is increasing because of its heart-healthy properties. This agreement will help to support the supply of healthy local... Read more

Industry legislation will undoubtedly encourage food and beverage companies to validate packaging label claims in a more scientifically comprehensive manner in the future. The advent of “cosmeceuticals,” for example — a mix of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals — has led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require the cosmetics industry to publish data on new lines of development. Typically, this takes the form of scientific journal articles to support the health and wellness claims being offered by the new product. Similar to cosmeceuticals, the term “nutraceutical” — a combination of nutrition and pharmaceutical — has become more common as a way to describe a food product that provides health and medical benefits. This is another new area of product development under increasing regulatory surveillance. The pharmaceutical industry is no stranger to the FDA’s regulatory requirements. “Big Pharma” corporations are, more often, substantiating their credibility and position in... Read more

PepsiCo is pleased to be recognized by Fast Company as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies. We were recognized for our “ambitious nutrition R&D.” Read more about what Fast Company had to say about PepsiCo here. Read more

Last week, we represented PepsiCo at the Vision 2020 Conference on “Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health” in New Delhi. The conference, organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute, was opened by India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. PepsiCo was the only private sector sponsor of the conference, along with international development agencies and development banks. Read more

In 1963, the U.S. Congress requested the President issue a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month. Beginning in 1964, these presidential proclamations have urged Americans to take action for the prevention and control of diseases of the heart and blood vessels and their major risk factors. These proclamations typically inform Americans of the huge social, economic, and human toll of heart disease and adverse trends such as the rising tide of risk factors and associated health care costs. The grim statistics quoted annually can truly spell bad news! As President Obama noted in this year’s proclamation, heart disease is “a staggering health problem” and remains the “leading cause of death for American women and men.” Recent data supporting genuine concern about heart health are well-documented in the 2011 update of the Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics published by the American Heart Association (AHA), in conjunction... Read more