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"PepsiCo R&D is committed to being at the forefront of innovation, which is why we created the Open Innovation Portal to be a central hub for R&D's external innovation efforts. By unlocking new capabilities and leveraging the value of external partnerships, the portal allows the R&D organization to become Faster, Stronger and Better and deliver breakthrough innovation for PepsiCo."

  • René Lammers, Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer at PepsiCo


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Sameer Talsania
Senior Manager, External Innovation
PepsiCo R&D

Welcome to the Open Innovation Submission Portal

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $70 billion in net revenue in 2020, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana and SodaStream. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

PepsiCo External Innovation is an upstream, externally facing, department within PepsiCo R&D. We actively scout for, identify and develop strategic partnerships with external collaborators. Our goal is to locate key external insights, business models and technical unlocks and new capabilities that, when partnered with PepsiCo’s robust internal R&D expertise, will yield disruptive innovation in our core products and/or new and emerging products. We are currently exploring novel technology spaces that can dramatically impact our portfolio of foods and beverages. We are interested in improving all facets of our supply chain—from raw material inputs all the way to the consumer consumption—and identifying global efficiencies in areas including crop science, ingredients, processing, packaging, equipment, distribution/fleet, retail and e-commerce. We are also committed to sustainability for our planet and our communities.

Please note this form should be used only for the purpose of submitting novel technology solutions related to the PepsiCo's needs as presented on this site. 

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Focus Areas for PepsiCo R&D

PepsiCo is primarily interested in receiving submissions in the following focus areas:

Focus Areas

Below, specific needs in the above focus areas are listed. Do you have a solution for us?

Current Needs

Category Need
PROCESS & EQUIPMENT Thermal Process Innovation for Energy Efficiency and Reduced GHG Emissions

INGREDIENTS & FLAVORS Minimize Salt Perception of Electrolytes in Beverages

Natural Colors for Foods & Beverages

Sugar Replacement for Foods

No Added Sugar, No Added Fat Coating and Binder Syrups

Pea Proteins for Low pH Beverages

Revolutionary Plant Protein Sources

PACKAGING & MATERIALS New Technologies for Light Weighting of Hot Fill PET Bottles

Technologies for Improving Mechanical rPET Quality

Recyclable Nitro Can Solution

Connected Packaging

Cutting-Edge Packaging Materials / 最先端のパッケージ材料

SUSTAINABILITY & AGRICULTURE Remote sensing for tracking soil health, soil carbon and GHG emissions

Sustainable Cups, Lids & Straws

Reducing GHG Emissions

Positive Water Impact - Technologies for water replenishment

Soil Health Solutions

GENERAL SUBMISSIONS For solutions that do not relate to the specific PepsiCo Needs above