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Minimize Salt Perception of Electrolytes in Beverages

Request Number 164607 | Author PepsiCo


PepsiCo is seeking new technologies to minimize salt perception in beverages containing electrolytes.

New technologies may include the following:

  • Taste advantaged salts, other mineral ingredients, or blends that can mask/balance saltiness
  • Encapsulation/plating technologies to reduce saltiness perception
  • Ion exchange/ion binding to remove salty tasting anions
  • Salt receptor blockers
Key Success Criteria


  • Clear appearance
  • No impact on flavor (undetectable when tasted in water)
  • unacidified, unsweetened (no declaration of acidulants, sweeteners)
  • Proof of concept


  • GRAS approval
Approaches not of interest
  • Flavor based masking agents and modifiers were previously evaluated but worth revisiting
  • Salt sources that were screened that did not meet sensory goals
    • Sodium Citrate
    • Sodium Gluconate
    • Sodium Bicarbonate
    • Potassium Citrate
Preferred Collaboration types

PepsiCo is open to a range of collaboration types, but proof of concept is required.