PepsiCo sets sugar reduction targets

Pepsi will increase its focus on zero and low calorie drinks. Pic: iStock/Radu Bercan

By 2025, at least two-thirds of PepsiCo’s beverages will have 100 calories or fewer from added sugar per 12oz serving, according to targets announced by the company today. 

PepsiCo has announced its 2025 sustainability agenda, which is focused around its three pillars for sustainable growth.

These are: helping to improve well-being through its products; protecting the planet; and empowering people around the world.

As part of its sugar reduction targets, PepsiCo will put a greater focus on zero- and lower-calorie products.

‘Better nutrition at scale’

PepsiCo says that its new targets have been informed by dietary guidelines from the World Health Organization, and it will continue to reduce added sugars, saturated fat and sodium levels across its F&B portfolio.

“PepsiCo's ambition is to enable better nutrition at scale by continuing to develop a broader portfolio of food and beverage choices and increasing access to great-tasting, nutritious options,” says a statement from the company.

PepsiCo’s beverage portfolio includes CSDs, RTD tea, sports and energy, and juice.

Prominent brands include Pepsi, Naked Juice, Gatorade, Lipton Iced Tea, Mtn Dew, Tropicana, and Aquafina.

2025 goals: products
  • Two-thirds of the global beverage portfolio volume will have 100 calories or fewer from added sugars (per 12-oz serve).
  • Three-quarters of the global foods portfolio volume will not exceed 1.1 grams of saturated fat per 100 calories.
  • Three-quarters of the global foods portfolio volume will not exceed 1.3 milligrams of sodium per calorie.
  • The rate of sales growth of ‘Everyday Nutrition’ products (those which include whole grains, fruit and vegetables, dairy, protein & hydration) will outpace the rate of sales growth in the balance of PepsiCo's portfolio.
  • PepsiCo will provide access to three billion servings of nutritious foods and beverages to under-served communities and consumers. 

Other targets announced today include a 15% improvement in water efficiency of the direct agricultural supply chain in high water-risk areas by 2025 - saving the equivalent of total water used in PepsiCo's manufacturing operations.

The company is also aiming for a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across the company's value chain, including agricultural supply, by 2030.

Along with the PepsiCo Foundation, the company will contribute $100m in supporting initiatives to benefit 12.5m women and girls worldwide.

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