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PepsiCo Launches Nutrition Greenhouse Program For Startups

PepsiCo Greenhouse for startups
Nutrition Greenhouse is a mentorship program covering topics like marketing, distribution, manufacturing, supply chain, packaging and label claims.

PepsiCo has launched the “Nutrition Greenhouse” accelerator program designed to discover and support emerging brands in the food and beverage sector.

The North American program follows the launch of PepsiCo’s Nutrition Greenhouse in Europe, now in its second year.

In 2017, eight startups in the European program delivered an estimated combined sales growth of more than $10 million.

PepsiCo Greenhouse logo“‘Nutrition Greenhouse’ is part of our commitment to open innovation and collaborating with the change makers of the future,” said Jim Andrew, EVP of corporate strategy and chief venturing officer for Purchase, New York-based PepsiCo. “In line with our Performance With Purpose vision, we want to find and support entrepreneurs who are helping transform the food and beverage industry with nutritious, natural and sustainable products. We’re very excited to bring this program to the U.S. and Canada and hope to expand it throughout the rest of the world.”

PepsiCo is seeking 10 startups based in the U.S. or Canada that are helping transform the food and beverage industry and whose values are consistent with PepsiCo’s “Performance With Purpose” vision.

The selected startups are guaranteed $20,000 in grant funding and will participate in a six-month business-optimization program designed to accelerate growth. The program includes personalized mentorship with experts from some of PepsiCo’s leading and emerging brands, including Quaker, Naked, KeVita, Stacy’s, Red Rock Deli and Off the Eaten Path.

At the end of the program, one startup will be awarded an additional $100,000 in funding to continue its expansion and an opportunity to continue partnering with PepsiCo to further its growth.

“The program helped us grow our business and expand into the U.S. market,” said Irina Turcan, founder of Erbology and winner of the 2017 European Nutrition Greenhouse. “It was more than the prize money; our mentor gave us valuable insights on retail and consumer marketing as we extended our ‘powerful plants’ concept into a unique range of snacks. As a result, our revenues grew over four times last year, and we launched Erbology in U.S. retailers in June this year.”

This year’s participating PepsiCo executives and brand accelerator experts will assist startups address critical early-stage business operations such as strategic planning, corporate structuring, and fundraising to help emerging brands reach their market potential. Guidance on brand optimization, product development, supply chain management, customer acquisition and distribution also will be provided.

Brands with a demonstrated consumer sales track record but no more than $5 million in sales are invited to apply at nutritiongreenhouse.com/northamerica by Oct. 12.

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