PepsiCo recently unveiled new plans to cut the sodium, sugar, and saturated fat content of its products over the next ten years. Big bosses made the grand pronouncement at the beginning of a two-day investor meeting, and it comes hard on the heels of the company’s opening a New Haven research lab and pledging to pull sugary drinks from schools.
The corporation wants to reduce sodium content in its key brands by 25 percent (and saturated fat by 15 percent, and added sugar by 25 percent). They also announced goals to include more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in their products.
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi told investors that this sea change is in response to consumer demands and government mandates for better nutritional value. We’re not convinced that a processed-foods behemoth can truly provide healthy options, but we suppose every little bit helps. We can’t wait for eggplant Fritos.