Pepsi wants to reduce sugar content in drinks

01-Jul-2021 - Belgium

The beverage and snack company Pepsi wants to significantly reduce the amount of sugar in beverages. In its drinks offered in the EU, the group is aiming for a quarter less sugar by 2025, and 50 percent by 2030. The calories of the German beverage portfolio are to be reduced by 90 percent - compared to 2015, half of the calories have already been banned. Pepsi wants to do good, but that is also good for business, Garret Quigley, chief executive of Pepsico <US7134481081> Western Europe, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

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"We know that people want to live a healthy life," Quigley said. Sales of related products rated Nutri-Score B or better are expected to increase by a factor of ten over the next five years. In addition, the company wants to use more recycled plastic and emit zero bottom-line emissions by 2040, he said.

The Nutri-Score is a system for labelling a food's nutritional profile on its packaging - with a five-point scale made up of a combination of letters from A to E and colours. Here, "A" in green represents the most favorable nutritional profile and "E" in red represents the least favorable.

The company is responding to an urgent need for action: In this country, 47 percent of women, 62 percent of men and 15 percent of children are considered overweight. Too much sugar is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Pepsi's competitor Nestlé is also working to have less sugar in its products.

Doctors have long warned of the dangers of too much sugar in foods. On average, the German Nutrition Society recommends a maximum of 50 grams of sugar a day, depending on height and weight. That would be reached after just over half a liter of non-sugar-reduced lemonade.

A sugar tax introduced in the United Kingdom in 2018 had an effect: The organization Foodwatch found at the beginning of last year that certain lemonade in Germany sometimes contained more than twice as much sugar as the variants offered on the island./mjm/DP/mis (dpa)

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