PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi on Wednesday stirred up a conversation on how to make the familiar, easily available food healthy. Nooyi visited a local restaurant in Chennai to focus on PepsiCo’s reshaping its portfolio concentrating on the health and wellness category. Nooyi, who is on a 2-day visit to India, visited a traditional South Indian restaurant as part of the company’s goal to expand its territory in terms of food supplies to grains, fruits and vegetables. She was served by PepsiCo’s nutrition ambassador and Michelin star chef Vikas Khanna.
Nooyi, who was born in Chennai, described her experience of having food at a local eatery as nostalgic and said that PepsiCo is looking to increase nutrition in its menu as the lifestyles around the world changes. Earlier in April, she had stated that the company’s most known product, the Pepsi soft drink only accounted for 12% of the entire revenue of the Company as the United States based firm is focussing on the category of health and nutrition.
She further said that star Chef Vikas Khanna has had a key role in developing new recipes that are affordable and convenient and focus on the health factor. In doing so, he has also provided the company with great inspiration, she added. talking about her time spent at the restaurant she said that they had a great time at the restaurant as they exchanged ideas as to how they plan to add more nutritional value to these time honouring dishes. Speaking on the same issue Vikas Khanna expressed his excitement on adding oats and beetroot to familiar South Indian dishes in order to improve its nutritional content. he said that some of these products can be expected to hit the Indian markets very soon.