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Monday, October 17, 2016

PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi pledged Monday as part of a new sustainability initiative to significantly reduce the calorie count of the company's beverages as it looks to counter health concerns about sugar-sweetened beverages, and respond to changing consumer preferences. According to PepsiCo, at least two-thirds of the company's beverages will contain 100 calories or less per 12-ounce serving by 2025. As part of the initiative, the company will increase the focus on zero or lower-calorie products. It's a big commitment -- PepsiCo sells beverages in about 180 countries worldwide and still makes well over $1 billion annually from the sale of its flagship sugar-based Pepsi drink.

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Pepsi's change of heart may be due more to the recent exposure of what appears to be "Big Soda" buying the silence of various health organizations.

Big soda is buying off big health orgs to keep profits and Americans fat (arstechnica.com)

... Under the guise of sweet charitable giving, soda makers are handing out millions to big name health organizations so that the groups stay quiet about health issues that threaten to slim down drink profits -- not to mention Americans themselves -- a new study suggests.

Between 2011 and 2015, Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo sponsored 96 national health organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and the American Society for Nutrition, researchers report in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. Meanwhile, lobbyists for the beverage makers successfully campaigned against nearly 20 proposed state and federal regulations aimed at protecting public health, such as improvements to nutrition labeling and soda taxes. ...


 

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2016-10-17 12:33 PM | Reply

This would be a big deal if they succeed. It would improve the health (albeit in a small way) of millions of Americans.

#2 | Posted by moder8 at 2016-10-17 12:46 PM | Reply

LMAO Diet Pepsi is for diabetics orginally.

Now I see fat women eat 15 6 topping large pizza's and o look shes drinking a diet coke shes trying to lose weight!

I think after that lady died from a diet coke aspirtine overdose it sums up pepsi diet products. She was drink 11 bottles per day extreme consumption.

There product is clearly poisinous. Dont drink the sugar though cause you will not die and enjoy it too.

#3 | Posted by infamouskiller at 2016-10-17 12:47 PM | Reply

So, like 9 years from now? And 2/3s of the beverages? By what count? By the count people buy, or by product count, because if 90% of the sales are for regular pepsi, then what does it matter?

#4 | Posted by LEgregius at 2016-10-17 01:16 PM | Reply

This seems like a marketer's way of saying we're getting into the water business.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2016-10-17 02:12 PM | Reply

Tax sugar drinks like alcohol. Drinking lots of sugar is really bad for you.

#6 | Posted by bored at 2016-10-17 02:56 PM | Reply

Tax sugar drinks like alcohol. Drinking lots of sugar is really bad for you.

#6 | POSTED BY BORED

Didn't NYC do exactly that?

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2016-10-17 03:03 PM | Reply


At 15 calories per teaspoon, a typical 12 ounce can of cola with 150 calories has about 10 teaspoons of sugar.

That's 10 teaspoons of sugar in one can of soda.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2016-10-17 03:18 PM | Reply

This seems like a marketer's way of saying we're getting into the water business.

#5 | Posted by snoofy

There is a great drink on the "market" already that has less then 100 calories and is very very good for you.

It's called water.

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2016-10-17 05:02 PM | Reply

It's called water.
#9 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

Careful though. Too much in one sitting can be toxic. Why aren't there any laws protecting ourselves from water intoxication?

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2016-10-17 05:06 PM | Reply

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Why aren't there any laws protecting ourselves from water intoxication?

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11

True! And you can drown in a teaspoon of the stuff!

Perhaps there needs to be better warning labels on water. If it could benefit the profit of corporations such as Pepsi somehow I would not be surprised to see them lobby for it.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2016-10-17 05:30 PM | Reply

#7 I thought they talked about a tax on big drinks, not all drinks.

"In France, where a soft drink tax amounted to about 2p per 330ml can, sales fell by about 3% in the first year but the impact reduced as shoppers got used to the new higher prices. In Mexico, when a 10% tax was imposed, sugary drink sales fell by 12% while bottled water sales soared. "

The sugar lobby is powerful, much like the tobacco lobby was. It isn't easy to reduce the amount of sugar people drink.

#12 | Posted by bored at 2016-10-17 06:14 PM | Reply

Do we still overpay for sugar with that whole beet sugar tariff thing?
Pump us full of it and keep the price high. Capitalism at its finest.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2016-10-17 06:59 PM | Reply

Oops did we give you diabetes?

Here's our new low sugar drink for that!

cha ching!

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2016-10-17 08:19 PM | Reply

Be careful about drinking water. If the fluoride doesn't kill you, the DHMO will.

#15 | Posted by sentinel at 2016-10-17 09:59 PM | Reply

Whew, my local utility company reported that their levels of DHMO are at acceptable, industry-standard levels.

#16 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2016-10-18 12:15 PM | Reply

good...so now I"m not taking in 100 calories of that swill....

#17 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2016-10-18 12:56 PM | Reply

There is a great drink on the "market" already that has less then 100 calories and is very very good for you.

It's called water.

Godforbid someone wants to actually taste something..

I hope I'm here on the day when they actually get to something you food nannies care about..

#18 | Posted by boaz at 2016-10-18 01:11 PM | Reply

Soft drinks are poison.

#19 | Posted by 726 at 2016-10-18 01:21 PM | Reply

"And respond to changing consumer preferences"

This is the thread where the "Market Forces" champions whine about how some business they played no part in creating is responding to the "market".

So impotent. So sad. Victimized by your own ideology, again

#20 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2016-10-18 01:24 PM | Reply

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