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PepsiCo Sets New Sodium Reduction Targets for Convenient Foods Portfolio

Nov. 15, 2023
New nutrition initiatives will also focus on adding diverse ingredients to the portfolio, all in the name of improving consumer health.

Under its PepsiCo Positive (pep+) strategic transformation initiative, PepsiCo Inc. has announced two new goals to improve the nutritional qualities of its products: reduce sodium and purposefully deliver important sources of nutrition in the products consumers want.

The sodium reduction initiative looks to have at least 75% of PepsiCo’s global convenient foods volume meet or fall below category sodium targets by 2030.

In addition, the company aims for the global convenient foods portfolio to deliver 145 billion portions annually of diverse ingredients — indicated as legumes, whole grains, plant-based proteins, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds — with each portion providing approximately 10% of the suggested daily amount of that diverse ingredient.

The risks of excess sodium intake have been published for ages, and PepsiCo believes it can respond to the global public health calls to reduce sodium. It has set a new sodium reduction goal with new category targets that are approximately 15-30% lower than the company’s current target for key convenient food categories, the announcement notes.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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