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PepsiCo Inc. (PEP)

  • Mar. 22, 2013, 8:30 AM
    PepsiCo (PEP) unveils a new shape for 20-ounce bottles of Pepsi products as part of a broader plan to update marketing and packaging materials for the brand. The company's overall beverage volume in the North America declined 4% last year and it has been losing market share in the Coke vs. Pepsi battle. PEP +1.8% premarket with buzz picking up on what Trian Fund Management's new investment might portend.
    | Mar. 22, 2013, 8:30 AM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 22, 2013, 3:33 AM
    Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management has reportedly spent at least $2B in buying stakes in Pepsi (PEP) and Mondelez (MDLZ), prompting fevered speculation as to what the activist investor is up to. One theory is that Peltz will push a merger of the companies, another is that he'll press Pepsi to break up, or that he'll just sit there and do nothing.
    | Mar. 22, 2013, 3:33 AM | 4 Comments
  • Mar. 12, 2013, 8:25 AM
    Hedgeye thinks the news that a New York judge overturned the soda ban in the Big Apple is largely a non-event. The soda/energy drink group (KO, PEP, DPS, MNST) hasn't seen a measurable drop in consumer demand despite the sound and fury emanating from NYC.
    | Mar. 12, 2013, 8:25 AM | 5 Comments
  • Mar. 11, 2013, 3:27 PM
    Judge Milton Tingling in New York halts the NYC ban on large-sized soda drinks, calling the measure "fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences." For now, it's game on for vendors and beverage companies (PEP, KO, DPS) to sell sodas 32 ounces or larger.
    | Mar. 11, 2013, 3:27 PM | 23 Comments
  • Mar. 8, 2013, 4:22 PM
    PepsiCo (PEP) CMO Salman Amin is leaving to become the COO of S.C. Johnson's North American ops. Ad Age observes Amin presided over Pepsi's first global marketing campaigns, and that his departure comes a year after Pepsi promised to ramp its marketing spend in order to better compete with Coca-Cola. (previous)
    | Mar. 8, 2013, 4:22 PM | 5 Comments
  • Mar. 6, 2013, 10:25 AM
    Coca-Cola (KO +0.3%) says it's replacing Sprite in the U.K. with a new version of the drink which uses the sweetener stevia. The bigger issue: Despite the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg, Europe is a step ahead of the U.S. in leaning on soda firms to battle obesity. In the U.S., using stevia is an option to appease the health-conscious, although the worrisome "bitter aftertaste" attributed to the herb could also motivate Coca-Cola, PepsiCo (PEP +0.1%), and Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS -0.5%) to keep the status quo.
    | Mar. 6, 2013, 10:25 AM | 5 Comments
  • Mar. 5, 2013, 3:46 PM
    A subsidiary of Ralcorp (CAG +0.2%) wins a courtroom battle against Frito-Lay (PEP +0.4%) over its used of bowl-shaped tortilla chips. The verdict allows Ralcorp to continue to make the private-label chips which bear a striking resemblance to Tostitos Scoops.
    | Mar. 5, 2013, 3:46 PM | 2 Comments
  • Feb. 26, 2013, 6:08 AM
    Low interest rates may be hurting corporate pension funds, but companies continue to exploit the opportunity to issue debt on the cheap, with eight yesterday selling $9.9B in bonds. Pepsi (PEP) led the way by raising $2.5B, followed by UnitedHealth (UNH) with $2.25B and Caterpillar Financial Services (CAT) with $1.1B.
    | Feb. 26, 2013, 6:08 AM | Comment!
  • Feb. 25, 2013, 11:09 AM
    Consumers are clipping coupons at a higher rate than anytime since the 2007 recession, according to tracking from The biggest amount of activity has been seen in the food categories (CPB, KRFT, CAG, PEP) of soup, cheese, rice, and pasta - although personal care and beauty items (PG, AVP, EL, UL, CL) are also in focus.
    | Feb. 25, 2013, 11:09 AM | 8 Comments
  • Feb. 22, 2013, 9:22 AM
    PepsiCo (PEP) lost ground in Thailand after its partner of 59 years in the region launched its own soft drinks in November, effectively cutting off the company's distribution network. The new brands from Thai Beverage grabbed 19% of the nation's market share in just two months. The bigger issue: Do Pepsico and Coca-Cola face the threat of local brands knocking their drinks off local shelves with manufacturing, marketing, and technology improved across Asia?
    | Feb. 22, 2013, 9:22 AM | 9 Comments
  • Feb. 20, 2013, 11:38 AM
    Food companies are pushing the envelope as sagging cereal sales hold back growth. The latest innovation from the sector appears to be drinkable breakfast meals with Kellogg (K) and General Mills (GIS) both offering new dairy-based breakfast drinks after a similar product in Australia performed well. PepsiCo (PEP +0.1%) could also make a breakfast bet after CEO Indra Nooyi hinted the company was looking at ways to "drinkify" its snacks.
    | Feb. 20, 2013, 11:38 AM | 2 Comments
  • Feb. 19, 2013, 8:32 AM
    The Consumer Analyst Group conference in New York will be dominated by talk of what future consolidation in the food sector might look like after the mega-sized Heinz deal set the table last week. Typically a showcase for new products and strategies, this year's confab will have analysts lining up which marriages could produce the most synergies in developed markets and revenue potential in emerging markets. Presenters: K, GIS, PEP, CPB, KRFT, MDLZ, SJM, HSY. (full list)
    | Feb. 19, 2013, 8:32 AM | Comment!
  • Feb. 14, 2013, 8:56 AM
    Heard on PepsiCo's (PEP) earnings call: CEO Indra Nooyi says the company is waiting for the FDA to approve its new beverage sweetener. The development could be important as the company looks to market a new sweetener as a healthier variety with the anti-soda debate still active. On commodity costs, execs note that half of the company's exposure for this year is already covered by contracts and it will continue to hedge appropriately. (webcast)
    | Feb. 14, 2013, 8:56 AM | 4 Comments
  • Feb. 14, 2013, 8:35 AM
    PepsiCo (PEP) moves up 2.2% premarket after the company's Q4 numbers beats profit estimates with organic growth steady. Retail analyst Rahul Sharma notes the report may be just good enough to deliver confidence that PepsiCo's long-term growth model is on track. It may also relieve some of the pressure off of CEO Indray Nooyi from critics with her restructuring initiatives paying off to a degree.
    | Feb. 14, 2013, 8:35 AM | Comment!
  • Feb. 14, 2013, 7:31 AM
    Britvic says it will keep its merger talks with AG Barr moving forward after the deal was referred to the Competition Commission in the U.K. for review. Britvic sells PepsiCo (PEP) brands in the U.K. and Ireland.
    | Feb. 14, 2013, 7:31 AM | Comment!
  • Feb. 14, 2013, 7:22 AM
    More on PepsiCo (PEP): The company sees stable organic growth of 5% during Q4 with the snacks business outperforming beverages and both price and volume contributing to the broad gains. For 2013, EPS is forecast to grow by 6% to $4.34-$4.35 vs. $4.40 consensus. PepsiCo boosts its buyback to $10B and ups its dividend payout rate to $2.27/share. PEP (PR)
    | Feb. 14, 2013, 7:22 AM | 4 Comments
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PepsiCo Inc is a food, snack and beverage company. It manufactures, markets, distributes and sells convenient and enjoyable beverages, foods and snacks, serving customers and consumers in more than 200 countries and territories.