Pepsi Company, which owns, Frito-Lay and Quaker brands, announced on Sunday that they are planning to reduce 25 per cent the average sodium per serving in major global food over the next 5 years. They 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.
Aside from taking out those ingredients that have been perpetuating obesity, they will be increasing whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and low-fat dairy in its product portfolio.
"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."
Pepsi isn’t the first major US food company to do this, ConAgra Foods Inc, Kraft Foods Inc and Campbell Soup Co have also pledged to help fight obesity and encourage the consumption of healthier foods.
Last week, Pepsi said it would to stop sales of full-sugar soft drinks to primary and secondary schools on a global scale by 2012. Lawmakers in more than a dozen U.S. states have been 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.
"We believe that a healthier future for all people and our planet means a more successful future for PepsiCo,"
- Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo chairman and chief executive officer.