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Q&A with Mehmood Khan in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Earlier this month, Mehmood Khan spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about research into new salt, beverage sweeteners, bottles made from orange peels, compostable chip bags and “drinkable oats.” Mehmood ended the interview by saying, “You learn, you continue
 to improve, you stay ahead.” Read the whole interview to find out more. Read more

PepsiCo in the New Yorker

Last week, the New Yorker profiled PepsiCo. The author, John Seabrook met with several of the bloggers you may know from Food Frontiers: Mehmood Khan, Derek Yach, Greg Yep, Jonathan McIntyre, and George Mensah. There is also an accompanying podcast with the author. The article touches on a variety of PepsiCo’s innovations and R&D capabilities, including sodium. “What we discovered is that people actually taste only about twenty to twenty-five per cent of the salt we put on our chips. They swallow the rest of it without tasting it,” says Mehmood Khan in       the article. But, as the article says, reducing the amount of salt changed what flavorists call “the taste curve”—the sudden spike of saltiness on the tongue, followed by a tingling around the sides of the        mouth. So Mehmood asked, “was there a different kind of salt crystal that would produce the... Read more

An R&D effort for enviro-friendly packaging

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

The economic and agriculture benefits of Mexican sunflowers

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

PepsiCo, the Inter-American Development Bank and Healthy Oils

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

PepsiCo Featured Among Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies 2011

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

PepsiCo at the Vision 2020 Conference

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