Marion Nestle calls out Pepsi

  • Posted on: Mar 20 2012

Pepsi is under fire by one of the leading figures in nutrition, Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at the New York University. In a post on her blog, and in this Beverage Daily article, Nestle criticizes Pepsi for choosing profit over public health.

Nestle's comments come after Pepsi announced some changes to their marketing strategy. They will up their marketing budget by $500 to $600 million and focus on marketing their "core brands" like Pepsi and Frito-Lay. These brands are, of course, among Pepsi's least healthy brands.

Pepsi's marketing strategy and their CEO, Indra Nooyi, were also the subject of a lengthy New York Times article last week. Nooyi has pushed for Pepsi to invest more in healthy products, but her investors on Wall Street were not convinced. 

Nestle says in her blog:

"When it comes to Wall Street, forget about jobs and health.  Only one thing counts: meeting those quarterly growth targets. Advocates for a healthier food system should not expect much help from food corporations. They will only be able to help if forced to by public pressure and regulation."

So let's apply some public pressure. Sign our petition to tell the beverage industry that we want them to choose public health over profit. Tell them that we want them to step up and be a real part of the solution to the obesity epidemic. Sign our petition now and get the word out there!

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