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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
Director | R&D External Innovation | PepsiCo

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's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including many iconic brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Beverages and Convenient Foods by Winning with PepsiCo Positive (pep+). pep+ is our strategic end-to-end transformation that puts sustainability at the center of how we will create value and growth by operating within planetary boundaries and inspiring positive change for planet and people.

In effort to reduce cost and better manage wastewater emissions, PepsiCo conducted a pilot with Aquacycl to install an onsite treatment system for wastewater at a bottling facility in Fresno, California, successfully demonstrating both sustainability and operational benefits. In 2018, PepsiCo joined The NaturALL Bottle Alliance, a research consortium with consumer packaged goods industry leaders and a bio-based materials development company, Origin Materials, to accelerate the development of innovative packaging solutions made with sustainable and renewable resources, including post-consumer cardboard, thus creating additional end market demand for this material.

For more information on partnering with PepsiCo, visit our External Innovation website

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 Acid and Heat Stable Sweet Proteins

Ingredient Encapsulation Technologies for Beverages

Methodologies to Validate Postbiotics Functional Benefits from Plant-Based Fermentations

Novel Proteins for Beverages

Natural Colors for Foods & Beverages

PACKAGING & MATERIALS Recycling technologies for biodegradable films

Recyclable Closure for Paper Beverage Bottles

Materials and Technologies for Green House Gas Reduction in Packaging

New Technologies for Light Weighting of Hot Fill PET Bottles

Technologies for Improving Mechanical rPET Quality

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


Soil Health Solutions

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