Pepsi pledges to produce healthier products

Pepsi transport – iStock
Pepsi transport – iStock

PepsiCo has set new targets for more healthful food and beverages and announced pledges to reduce product packaging and limit water use.

Fewer calories

With US soda giants under pressure to produce more healthy beverages, Pepsi pledged that by 2025, at least two-thirds of the 12 ounce beverages it sells will contain 100 or fewer calories. At least three-quarters of foods sold will not exceed 1.1 grams of saturated fat per 100 calories.

Read: Sugar-sweetened beverages

Pepsi's "2025 Sustainability Agenda" also included policies to limit water consumption, incorporate more recyclable packaging and purchase crops from sustainable farms.

Besides soda, Pepsi's brands include Gatorade sports drinks, the Frito-Lay snack brand and Tropicana orange juice.

Sustainable development

A study released last week by academics at the Boston University School of Public Health faulted Pepsi and rival Coca-Cola for fighting added taxes on high-sugar sodas at the same time they provide funding to health organisations. The study questioned whether the soda giants' funding for those groups was driven by marketing rather than public interest.

Read: Gradually reducing sugar in sodas could lower diabetes rates

PepsiCo chief executive Indra Nooyi said the company's 2025 Sustainability Agenda aims to be consistent with United Nations sustainable development goals and the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

"To succeed in today's volatile and changing world, corporations must do three things exceedingly well: focus on delivering strong financial performance, do it in a way that is sustainable over time and be responsive to the needs of society," Nooyi said.

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