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

Would you like to replay the video or share the link to it with your friends? Many of us have been told how important whole grains are to our diet, but do you know why they are so beneficial?  In this 2-part Sound Bites podcast, two PepsiCo nutritionists – Heather Nelson Cortes, who holds a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry, and Michelle Slimko, a registered dietitian and doctoral candidate in Public Health – discuss whole grains including insights into: What constitutes a whole grain and how to identify whole grains while shopping The difference between high fiber products and those that contain whole grains Tips on how to include whole grains in your daily diet Thanks to Heather and Michelle for their insights on whole grains. Please be sure to return the Food Frontiers blog on the Health and Wellness section of for other updates, information and podcasts in the... Read more

Would you like to replay the video or share the link to it with your friends? Welcome back to part 2 of our discussion with Heather Nelson Cortes and Michelle Slimko. Thanks for listening. Read more

Would you like to replay the video or share the link to it with your friends? Many of us have heard of antioxidants, but not everyone knows what they are or how they fit into a well-balanced diet. In this brief, 2-part podcast, PepsiCo nutritionist Joy Dubost, a registered dietitian with a PhD in food science and nutrition, dives into the research around antioxidants, including: Why antioxidants are so good for you – and what are the best sources in the diet How consuming a variety of antioxidants benefit your overall health If processed foods contain antioxidants Thanks to Joy for her insights and facts about this important topic.  Please be sure to return the Food Frontiers blog on the Health and Wellness section of for other updates, information and podcasts in the future – and please leave us comments and feedback! Thanks again. Dr. Dubost is a Principal Nutritionist for... Read more

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For generations PepsiCo has been offering some of the world's favorite foods and beverages and, increasingly, we are focused on improving our products and developing new ones through science-based solutions. The following video offers an informative look at some of the ways PepsiCo is demonstrating its commitment to “Performance with Purpose.” From partnerships with leading organizations, to the hiring of a Chief Scientific Officer, to incorporating healthier ingredients in products, PepsiCo is committed to building a strong business and making a positive impact on society. Read more

At the New York Academy of Sciences’ sixth annual Science & the City Gala, Indra Nooyi accepted the “Sustainability Award” on PepsiCo’s behalf, alongside Rajendra Pachauri, chief of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Nobel Laureate. The theme of this year’s gala was “Sustainable Cities.” It was a gathering of renowned thought leaders and leaders of the scientific community, including seven Nobel Laureates and many talented young researchers.The New York Academy of Sciences also presented the third annual Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists Read more

The World Food Prize conference addresses issues facing agriculture globally, ranging from food security to distribution to safety. Dr. Derek Yach, SVP, Global Health Policy, provides perspective on why PepsiCo was present at this year’s event: “The reason we are here is this is the premiere venue where the issues of global hunger are addressed, particularly from an agricultural perspective. As a company with a set of very deep roots in farming around the world, we believe we should be both listening and more importantly, contributing to the debate.” Hear Derek’s thoughts below on what PepsiCo learned from participating in the World Food Prize and also, what the company contributed to the discussion. Would you like to replay the video or share the link to it with your friends? Read more

PepsiCo Chairperson and CEO Indra Nooyi participated in the World Food Prize during October, providing a keynote address to attendees.  Her address focused on the critical role industry can play in helping agriculture better serve the nutritional needs of the globe, highlighting the developments PepsiCo is already making in the areas of distribution and product reformulation.  An excerpt of the speech is highlighted below, with the full text available here. […] With that as a backdrop, I think there are three specific things that we, the private sector, especially the food and beverage sector can do. We can help across the entire process of our business – from farming, to product formulation to distribution. First, we can and must share our core “farming” expertise. In the course of doing business we build a great store of knowledge on things like nutrition science, irrigation techniques and the development... Read more

Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize-a celebration of the achievements of Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug for his 60 year contribution to advancing the scientific basis of actions that have reduced hunger. Each year leaders from the worlds of agriculture and nutrition gather to discuss ways of advancing Borlaug’s vision; a world free from hunger. This year was especially poignant given his death at 95 just weeks before the event. Without being there it is difficult to appreciate the extraordinary depths of love and appreciation for Borlaug that permeates the events. As a son of Iowa it was impressive to witness the Governor, the US Secretary of Agriculture and senior representatives from the State Department, Senators and leading politicians, leaders of corporations linked to agriculture including Archer Daniel Midlands, John Deere and Monsanto, academic heads of agriculture from the state and beyond open... Read more