PepsiCo to reduce salt, sugar and saturated fat

by Keith Nunes
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PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo, Inc. plans to reduce the salt, sugar and saturated fat content of many of the products in its beverage and snack product portfolios. Specifically, the company plans to cut the average amount of sodium per serving in key products by 25% by 2015; reduce the average amount of saturated fat per serving by 15% by 2020; and reduce added sugar per serving by 25% by 2020. In addition, the company said it will increase the whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and low-fat dairy in its product portfolio.

“We believe that a healthier future for all people and our planet means a more successful future for PepsiCo,” said Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive officer. “These commitments are shared by all of our businesses and reflect our focus on profitable, long-term growth and will guide us as we continue to build a portfolio of enjoyable and wholesome foods and beverages for consumers around the world.”

PepsiCo also set a goal to display the calorie count and key nutrients on food and beverage packaging by 2012. The company also announced last week that it planned to eliminate the direct sale of full-sugar soft drinks to primary and secondary schools.

Last week Kraft Foods Inc., Northfield, Ill., said it planned to reduce sodium by an average of 10% across its North American product line over the next two years.
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