Topic: Pepsi

Acesulfame K Is Diet Pepsi’s New Sweetener … But What Is It?

Acesulfame K Is Diet Pepsi's New Sweetener ... But What Is It?

The Associated Press reported yesterday that Pepsi is quietly rolling out cans of Diet Pepsi made with a new sweetener, designed to increase the cola’s shelf life and “fresh” taste. The AP article assures us that the new sweetener won’t change the old Diet Pepsi flavor — but it says nothing about the safety of acesulfame or any potential health concerns. More »

Jamie Oliver Rightly Shames David Beckham For Promoting Junk Food

Jamie Oliver Rightly Shames David Beckham For Promoting Junk Food

Are pro athletes responsible for the products they endorse? British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver thinks so and is bashing David Beckham for representing companies like Pepsi and Burger King. At the start of the Olympic Games, it’s a controversial, yet good point: Athletes should not enter into endorsement deals with junk food companies–no matter how lucrative the deal is. It’s just wrong and irresponsible.
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Can Food Technology Make Pepsi Healthy? We Think Not

Can Food Technology Make Pepsi Healthy? We Think Not

If I asked you how many food technologists it takes to make a healthy meal, you’d think it was the start of a joke, right? Wrong. Today’s food manufacturers, like PepsiCo and Cargill, are paying thousands of food technologists to develop foods that are healthy and more natural. “What is great for technology is that that is really quite difficult,” said Cargill’s president Kerr Dow at the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit last week. “Today all of our scientists are more interested in how do you take natural materials and make them easy to use in food products, which is just as difficult.” The mission is easy to mock (it’s not that hard to eat an apple and some nuts, after all), but the ultimate question is really whether it’s good or bad for consumers. While technology could make more nutritions foods available to more consumers, we’re skeptical that these companies are really pursuing the right answers to our food problems. More »

Pepsi and Washington, D.C. Launch “Greenopolis” Recycling Kiosks That Offer Pizza for Pop Bottles

Pepsi and Washington, D.C. Launch "Greenopolis" Recycling Kiosks That Offer Pizza for Pop Bottles

Pepsi and the nation’s capital have teamed up to put 363 new “Dream Machine” recycling kiosks in Washington, D.C., offering customers unique rewards like coupons for Dominos, Johnny Rockets, and Marriott hotels in exchange for their recyclables. There’s no doubt the machines will improve the city’s recycling rates (more drop-off points = more recycling, with or without the rewards), but their choice in rewards partners has us perplexed: Couldn’t they pick businesses and products that have their own green initiatives? More »

Body Image In the Media: Diet Pepsi Causes Debate With Skinny Can and Sofia Vergara

Body Image In the Media: Diet Pepsi Causes Debate With Skinny Can and Sofia Vergara

Pepsi’s new Skinny Can, launched during New York Fashion Week as an appeal to the fashionable crowd, isn’t showing up in designer handbags as much as in debates over body image. They’ve brought in the big guns and hired Colombian actress Sofia Vergara to get in on the debate, but to little effect. If you’re not up on all things PepsiCo (or Sofia Vergara), here’s a play-by-play of their recent attempt to drum up consumer enthusiasm: More »

Pepsi Refresh Project Meets Kevin Bacon’s SixDegrees.org: Video of the Day

Pepsi Refresh Project Meets Kevin Bacon's SixDegrees.org: Video of the Day

No, we’re not condoning drinking sodas like Pepsi, or, for that matter, investing your life savings with the help of a Ponzi scheme orchestrator (like Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick did with Bernie Madoff – oops!), but it’s not a bad idea to investigate SixDegrees.org, Kevin Bacon’s legit nonprofit charity networking site – to which Pepsi recently gave a $250,000 grant that you can help spend – for good. More »