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Gatorade Just Went Organic

Athletes asked, Gatorade answered, says GM

(Newser) - Who knew a lab-created beverage of mostly sugar and water could be certified organic? Gatorade has announced a new beverage, G Organic—coming soon to select stores in strawberry, lemon, and mixed berry flavors—that's been certified organic by the USDA in what Gizmodo describes as "a cruel... More »

Pepsi Bringing Back Aspartame

Now you'll have your pick between aspartame and sucralose

(Newser) - PepsiCo is creating a new diet beverage for fans of aspartame less than a year after pulling the artificial sweetener as part of a marketing move over safety concerns. The sweetener had been linked to cancer in lab mice, and industry executives blamed the decline in sales on concerns people... More »

'100% Natural' Quaker Oats? Not Quite, Says Lawsuit

Suit contends oats can't be labeled 'natural' with even trace levels of herbicide

(Newser) - The nearly 140-year-old Quaker Oats brand isn't as wholesome as its name might imply, according to a lawsuit seeking class-action status after trace amounts of the active ingredient in Roundup were found in some oats, which are advertised as being "100% natural," reports the New York Times... More »

Pepsi, Coke Donating Water to Flint

Walmart and Nestle, too

(Newser) - Walmart and several global beverage-makers have pledged to deliver about 175 truckloads of bottled water to Flint as the Michigan city deals with a public health emergency caused by lead-tainted water, the AP reports. The retail giant, along with Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestle, announced Tuesday the collective donation will include... More »

Coke, Pepsi Fund Study Touting Diet Soda's Health Benefits

'Laughable, unscientific nonsense'

(Newser) - You'll never believe who paid for a study that found drinking diet soda could be better than water for losing weight. Well, OK, you'll probably guess. The Independent reports the study—published in the International Journal of Obesity in November—was partly funded by ILSI Europe, an "... More »

When It Comes to Fizzy Water, Coke, Pepsi Fall Flat

Smaller brands like LaCroix enjoying huge success as soda alternative

(Newser) - With a growing number of people quitting soda, Coke and Pepsi have been venturing more into energy drinks, craft sodas, and milk , in an effort to boost sales. That's left room for smaller brands like LaCroix to enjoy huge success with sparkling water. LaCroix sales have jumped 45% since... More »

There's a Way to Get Aspartame in Your Diet Pepsi

PepsiCo will keep old recipe for fans while selling sucralose version in stores

(Newser) - PepsiCo announced in April it was dumping aspartame from its Diet Pepsi recipe, replacing it with sucralose, but the company now says it will keep the artificial sweetener for customers who prefer its taste—they'll just have to buy the drink online, the Wall Street Journal reports. In an... More »

America Has a New No. 2 Soda, and It's Not Diet

Pepsi overtakes Diet Coke as soda sales by volume continue to fall

(Newser) - One small slide for Diet Coke, one giant leap for Pepsi? While Coke has retained its crown, Pepsi has replaced Diet Coke as the second-most consumed soda in the US by volume. According to 2014 industry data via Beverage Digest, both actually saw volume fall, but Pepsi's 1.8%... More »

Soda Giants: You Drink Too Many Calories—From Soda

Big 3 promise 20% cut by 2025

(Newser) - Even America's soda-makers agree that people are getting too many calories from their products, and the biggest three have now pledged to cut calorie consumption by a fifth by 2025. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group won't actually be reducing the number of calories their products contain,... More »

Coca-Cola Yanks Controversial Ingredient

Company phases out brominated vegetable oil in Powerade

(Newser) - Looks like a teenager's online petition has induced Coca-Cola to remove an ingredient from Powerade. The Mississippi teen, Sarah Kavanagh, led the charge with two Change.org petitions against brominated vegetable oil—one targeting Powerade , the other Gatorade —that gathered nearly 260,000 supporters in all, the AP... More »

Delta the Least Respected Brand in America

Pepsi, Coca-Cola are apparently the most respected

(Newser) - Poor Delta: It gets less respect than even Denny's and cigarette maker Philip Morris. A new survey of businesspeople finds the airline is the least respected of the brands studied, Yahoo Finance reports. The most respected? PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, in a tie. CoreBrand, a branding research firm, asked respondents... More »

Mountain Dew Yanks Ad Over Racism Complaints

It features a goat in a police lineup saying, 'snitches get stitches'

(Newser) - PepsiCo is pulling an online ad for Mountain Dew that was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women. In the 60-second spot developed by black rapper "Tyler, The Creator," a battered white woman is urged by an officer to identify a suspect out... More »

This Now Exists: Mountain Dew Breakfast Drink

A delightful mix of caffeine, Dew flavor, artificial sweeteners, and juice

(Newser) - Just when you thought Americans couldn't get any unhealthier comes this culinary revelation: a Mountain Dew breakfast drink. PepsiCo's carbonated Kickstart rolls out this month, bringing the bleary-eyed masses a mix of "Mountain Dew flavor," caffeine, artificial sweeteners, Vitamins B and C, just 80 calories, and... More »

Pepsi Yanks Controversial Gatorade Ingredient

Brominated vegetable oil gone after customer complaints

(Newser) - PepsiCo is removing a controversial ingredient from its Gatorade sports drink following customer complaints. A spokeswoman says the move had been in the works for the past year after the company began "hearing rumblings" from consumers about the ingredient. She said it wasn't a response to a petition... More »

Diet Pepsi Changes Ingredients

It now features a mix of 2 artificial sweeteners

(Newser) - Diet Pepsi has quietly changed its sweetener. Previously, Diet Pepsi used only aspartame, which is sensitive to heat and breaks down more easily. But beginning this month, cans hitting shelves feature what PepsiCo says is a "very small amount" of a second artificial sweetener: acesulfame potassium. The ingredient will... More »

Coming Soon: Caffeinated Cracker Jacks

Called Cracker Jack'd, of course

(Newser) - Because the world needs one more caffeinated product: The maker of Cracker Jacks will be rolling out a Cracker Jack'd line that includes two varieties with coffee as an ingredient, reports Advertising Age . Each 2-ounce serving will have 70mg of caffeine, which is in the ballpark (on the low... More »

Pepsi's Latest: Fat-Blocking Soda

At least, it claims to

(Newser) - Get skinny by drinking ... Pepsi? Maybe. Pepsi-Cola has introduced a fat-blocking soda in Japan, ABC News reports, though we have to wonder if it will turn out like those "toning shoes." The "Pepsi Special," which goes on sale tomorrow, contains dextrin—a fiber that supposedly helps... More »

Coke Back in Burma After 60 Years

Coca-Cola will invest $100M in country: Burmese president

(Newser) - For the first time in more than 60 years, the people of Burma are able to kick back with a Coke. Now that US sanctions against Burma are over, Coca-Cola has teamed with a local manufacturing firm to ship Coke, Coke Light, and Sprite all over the country. It's... More »

Energy Drinks Face Scrutiny in New York

Three producers get subpoenas over marketing claims

(Newser) - New York state's attorney general apparently is a little skeptical about the wonder claims of three popular energy drinks. Eric Schneiderman issued subpoenas to three big players—Monster Beverage; PepsiCo, maker of AMP; and Living Essentials, maker of 5-Hour Energy drink, report the Wall Street Journal and Reuters . The... More »

Mexican Cartel Torches PepsiCo Warehouses

Arsonists target Sabritas potato chip operations

(Newser) - In a first major attack on an American firm, members of a Mexican drug cartel have torched five warehouses owned by a PepsiCo subsidiary. Masked men were witnessed hurling firebombs that incinerated the Sabritas potato chip warehouses and dozens of delivery trucks parked outside in the states of Michoacan and... More »

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