PHILADELPHIA, March 21 PepsiCo Inc (PEP.N) said
on Sunday it would cut the levels of salt, sugar and saturated
fats in its top-selling products.
The company, which owns the Pepsi, Frito-Lay and Quaker
brands, said it plans a reduction of 25 per cent the average
sodium per serving in major global food brands in key markets
It also would reduce the average saturated fat per serving
by 15 percent by 2020, and cut the average added sugar per
serving in key global beverage brands by 25 percent by 2020.
Meanwhile, it will increase whole grains, fruits and
vegetables, nuts, seeds and low-fat dairy in its product
"We believe that a healthier future for all people and our
planet means a more successful future for PepsiCo," said Indra
Nooyi, PepsiCo 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."
Similar steps have been taken recently by other US food
companies such as ConAgra Foods Inc (CAG.N), Kraft Foods Inc
KFT.N and Campbell Soup Co (CPB.N).
Last week, Pepsi said it would to stop sales of full-sugar
soft drinks to primary and secondary schools on a global scale
Lawmakers in more than a dozen U.S. states are campaigning
to tax sugary beverages to cover obesity-related health costs.
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama -- who is leading a major
administration initiative on child obesity -- has urged food
makers to work faster to re-formulate or re-package food to
make it healthier for kids. [ID:nN16109102]
(Additional reporting by Martinne Geller in New York)
(Reporting by Jessica Hall; Editing by Diane Craft)
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