Sustainable Food System

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Our products are enjoyed more than one billion times a day, in over 200 countries and territories around the world - including the UK.

We are working to help build a more sustainable food system that meets the needs of our consumers without exceeding the planet's natural boundaries. Our sustainability journey stretches from the health and wellbeing of our consumers, to responsible sourcing, sustainable packaging, safeguarding natural resources and minimising waste.

Read below about how we are playing our part in helping build a more sustainable food system here in the UK and beyond.

Next Generation Agriculture

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Agriculture is the foundation of the food system and the root of PepsiCo’s business. To make our foods and beverages we use more than 25 crops sourced across 60 countries and support over one hundred thousand jobs in and throughout our agricultural supply chain. This scale and reach means the standards and practices that we employ and promote can influence the environmental, social and economic impacts of agriculture around the world.

Our Next Generation Agriculture strategy aims to drive progress in making agriculture more resilient, intelligent and inclusive.

Positive Water Impact

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Water is fundamental to our food system and to PepsiCo’s business. It nourishes the crops used to make our products, is the main ingredient in many of our beverages and an integral component of our manufacturing operations. But in some regions water is scarce, and climate change is worsening pressures on water resources around the globe. Estimates indicate that by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in water-stressed regions.

PepsiCo’s positive water impact strategy focuses on improving water stewardship across our business and in regions where we operate. Our ultimate goal is to support long-term, sustainable water security for all users, especially those in high water-risk areas.

As well as taking action in our own value chain, we aim to use our expertise and influence to advocate for the local policies and practices that can protect and replenish watersheds.

Circular Future For Packaging

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In an efficient food system packaging helps make safe, high-quality products accessible to all, extending shelf life and helping to limit food waste. But for it to have a role in a more sustainable food system we must eliminate packaging waste.

In 2018 plastic represented just under half of the total packaging material PepsiCo used, with aluminum, glass and fiber making up most of the balance. While plastic offers a highly effective, lightweight packaging material, producing fossil fuel-based plastic is a carbon-intensive process and, globally, only 14% of what is used is collected for recycling. The rest becomes waste. Where it is disposed of irresponsibly or where waste management is ineffective, it litters our communities and pollutes our oceans.

We have set an ambitious target to reduce 35% of virgin plastic use across our beverage portfolio by 2025. Progress will be driven by the increased use of recycled content and alternative packaging materials. Across PepsiCo’s business and our brands, we’ve made it a business imperative to help build a circular future for packaging and a world where plastics need never become waste.

Improved Choices Across Our Portfolio

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As a global leader offering a wide variety of the world’s favourite foods and beverages we continue to expand our portfolio to offer more options for every taste, lifestyle and occasion.

We believe that a more sustainable food system should meet human needs for both nutrition and enjoyment. We’re working continually to introduce new products that have more of the nutritious ingredients our consumers need. And we are continuing to reformulate existing recipes across our portfolio to reduce added sugars, sodium and saturated fat so that consumers can continue to enjoy our most loved brands as part of a balanced diet.

Climate Change Mitigation

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The world faces worsening climate change. The warming of our planet is likely to worsen risk factors in our global food system, from extreme weather and water scarcity, to soil quality loss and disruption to the political, economic and social systems that underpin how we produce and distribute food.

The global food system is responsible for around 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. We believe that it can become more carbon-efficient and resilient and also play a significant role in regenerating the health of our climate through carbon sequestration.

People & Prosperity

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Around the world people work every day to power the food system. From harvesting ingredients, to loading the lorries for distribution or placing an item on the store shelf, we rely on farmers, our colleagues, our retail partners and many others each day to create and sell our globally-recognised products.

This means we have an interest in the success and wellbeing of our people. We are committed to advancing respect for human rights throughout our value chain building diverse and inclusive workplaces and investing to promote shared prosperity in local communities where we live and work.