May 1, 2013 |
PepsiCo has removed an online ad plugging its Mountain Dew soft drink after viewers complained that the spot - -- featuring a battered and terrified white woman trying to pick a suspect out of a lineup of black men -- was racist and misogynistic. The minute-long commercial was developed by rapper Tyler, the Creator, who is black. He and Mountain Dew are removing the video from all their channels, according to a Mountain Dew statement. “We apologize for this video and take full responsibility,” the company said.
December 13, 2012 |
Heard of cola chicken? China has. It's a popular dish in the huge nation, where Pepsi soda and Lay's potato chips have introduced Pepsi-chicken chips. That's right -- chips made to taste like Pepsi and chicken. Together. Cola chicken is chicken wings stir-fried in a wok with a caramelized sauce of cola, soy sauce and other seasonings. In L.A., you can find the dish at dim sum palace Elite. PepsiCo came up with the idea during a brainstorming session among its marketing and R&D teams and its Shanghai ad agency, according to AdAge.
August 31, 2012 |
At first glance, it seems innocent enough that Diet Pepsi is tweaking its formula to stay sweet a little while longer. The soda's current sweetener -- aspartame -- loses its potency faster than high fructose corn syrup, the sweetener that's used in most regular sodas. To remedy that, PepsiCo is reportedly experimenting with other sweetener mixes. A new-and-improved version could be unveiled next year. The company told the Associated Press that it's "always looking at ways to provide the best consumer experience.
May 3, 2012 |
PepsiCo Inc., the maker of Gatorade sports drinks and Tropicana juice, expects its alliance with Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp. to lift Chinabeverage volumes from the third quarter. The deal, which was approved byChina'sMinistry of Commerce in March, will see Tingyi's drinks unit become the franchise bottler in China for PepsiCo. The Tingyi unit will partner with current PepsiCo bottlers to make, sell and distribute sodas and Gatorade drinks as the U.S. company invests to narrow the gap withCoca-Cola Co.in the world's second-largest economy.
March 12, 2012 |
PepsiCo Inc., the international food and beverage giant that owns Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and other brands, shuffled some of its top management positions in an attempt to create a line of succession behind current chairman and chief executive Indra K. Nooyi. Brian Cornell, recently chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Sam's Club division, is returning to the fold as chief executive of PepsiCo Americas Food. He's replacing John Compton, who will take on the new position of president of PepsiCo.
March 5, 2012 |
The Center for Science in the Public Interest says its testing has found "high levels" of an animal carcinogen, 4-methylimidazole, in Coca-Cola and Pepsi cola drinks. The chemical is a result of the process used to give the colas -- including the diet versions -- their caramel coloring. But the federal Food and Drug Administration said there is not much to worry about, according to Bloomberg News. Agency spokesman Douglass Karas said Monday in a statement that a human would have to drink more than a thousand cans of the drinks in a day to reach the chemical level shown to cause cancer in rodents. And the American Beverage Assn.