Pepsi seeks healthy op­tion

The Myanmar Times - - Business -

PEP­SICO has set new tar­gets for more health­ful food and bev­er­ages and an­nounced pledges to re­duce prod­uct pack­ag­ing and limit wa­ter use.

With US soda giants un­der pres­sure to pro­duce more healthy bev­er­ages, Pepsi pledged that by 2025, at least two-thirds of the 12-ounce bev­er­ages it sells will con­tain 100 or fewer calo­ries.

At least three-quar­ters of foods sold will not ex­ceed 1.1 grams of sat­u­rated fat per 100 calo­ries.

Pepsi’s “2025 Sus­tain­abil­ity Agenda” also in­cluded poli­cies to limit wa­ter con­sump­tion, in­cor­po­rate more re­cy­clable pack­ag­ing and pur­chase crops from sus­tain­able farms.

Be­sides soda, Pepsi’s brands in­clude Ga­torade, the Frito-Lay snack brand and Trop­i­cana orange juice.

A study re­leased last week by aca­demics at the Boston Univer­sity School of Pub­lic Health faulted Pepsi and ri­val Coca-Cola for fight­ing added taxes on high-sugar so­das at the same time they pro­vide fund­ing to health or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The study ques­tioned whether the soda giants’ fund­ing for those groups was driven by mar­ket­ing rather than pub­lic in­ter­est. –

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