‘We believe consumer demand for healthier choices is there’: PepsiCo expands its use of diverse ingredients

As part of its Pep+ initiative, which aims to make the company more sustainable and help the EU implement its green policies, the multinational aims to deliver 145bn portions of ‘diverse ingredients’ per year across its portfolio by 2030. A portion will consist of around 10% of the recommended daily amount of said diverse ingredient.

PepsiCo already has brands, such as snack brands Benenuts and Duyvis, which contain nuts, and vegetable gazpacho brand Alvalle, that contain diverse ingredients, but it wants to expand. For example, according to Sean Westcott, Senior Vice President of Research and Development, PepsiCo Europe, it is currently working on products involving chickpeas and whole grain corn. It is setting up multiple R&D initiatives to develop new products which contain diverse ingredients.

As part of our pep+ commitments, and as we provide nutrition guidance during the development of our food and beverage products, we consider recommendations for food and nutrient intakes from global and national nutrition authorities including the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Academy of Medicine and national public health authorities​,” Westcott told FoodNavigator.

Consuming diverse ingredients, such as legumes, whole grains, plant-based proteins, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds can help promote a more nutritionally complete diet, however there is currently an insufficient intake of these ingredients across Europe. As one of the world’s largest food and beverages companies, this is where we can play a role​.”