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PepsiCo's CEO, Indra Nooyi, has said Diet Pepsi with aspartame will continue to be available to US consumers online, despite an earlier pledge to replace the artificial sweetener.

Nooyi said the non-aspartame Diet Pepsi will be out in August

Nooyi said the non-aspartame Diet Pepsi will be out in August

Speaking to analysts yesterday, Nooyi said that an aspartame-free Diet Pepsi will roll out as promised at the end of August. However, for consumers "who still love Diet Pepsi with aspartame, we will figure out how to make it available online", she said.

PepsiCo announced in April it would remove aspartame from its Diet Pepsi range in the US and replace it with sucralose and acesulfame potassium. The switch was in response to consumer fears over the sweetener and will not apply in other markets, the company said.

Yesterday, Nooyi said the new formulation was "a very, very good product".

"From our perspective, we just want to make sure we have an offering for all of the consumers who want to switch out of aspartame," she said.

Nooyi also explained new changes to PepsiCo's structure, saying the move to combine Latin America's beverages and food units puts the region in line with other divisions.

The move means the end of PepsiCo's Americas beverages unit, which has been renamed North America Beverages and no longer includes Latin American operations. Nooyi said North America will continue to be divided into two units - snacks and drinks - because it's "so big, that grouping it together and not providing visibility into the pieces didn't make sense".

PepsiCo released its first-half results yesterday, with the Americas beverages unit posting an increase in sales and profits.


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