Consumers are looking for products with fewer calories that still taste great.  PepsiCo has been working on ingredient innovation that can help to address this demand.


Senomyx has developed Sweetmyx, a flavor with modifying properties.  By adding Sweetmyx, the amount of sugar used in a product can be reduced while still maintaining great taste.  Sweetmyx is not a sweetener; but rather a flavor that boosts the taste of sugar.   As a result of using less sugar, the product will have fewer calories. 


Sweetmyx is safe; this was determined based on scientific data provided by Senomyx to an independent panel of experts.  Since 1960, the FEMA Expert Panel (Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association), which is composed of independent experts in flavor safety assessment, has been evaluating the safety of food and beverage flavors.   March 2014, the FEMA Expert Panel determined Sweetmyx to be “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS).    


As part of its collaboration with Senomyx, PepsiCo has the exclusive rights to use Sweetmyx in most non-alcoholic beverages.  With GRAS designation for Sweetmyx, our innovation teams are now starting the product development work, which will determine which products, timing, etc. 

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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