PepsiCo has patented a method to produce a reduced-calorie, nutrient-enriched juice by converting sucrose to monosaccharides, separating high molecular weight nutrients, and forming non-digestible oligosaccharides. The process involves enzymatic treatment, membrane separation, and bioconversion to create a healthier liquid product. GlobalData’s report on PepsiCo gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on PepsiCo, Artificial sweetners was a key innovation area identified from patents. PepsiCo's grant share as of January 2024 was 60%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Reduced calorie, nutrient enriched juice production method

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: PepsiCo Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11882855B2) discloses a method for producing a unique juice product. The method involves separating a feed juice into a solids-rich fraction and a clarified juice fraction, enzymatically treating the clarified juice to convert disaccharides to monosaccharides, and then passing it through a membrane to selectively separate high molecular weight nutrients. This process results in the production of a high molecular weight nutrient (HMWN)-rich juice fraction and a HMWN-depleted fraction with higher glucose and fructose content, which is further bioconverted into oligosaccharides.

Furthermore, the method includes combining the HMWN-rich juice fraction with the solids-rich fraction to create a reduced-calorie nutrient-enriched liquid. Additional steps involve bioconverting sugars in the HMWN-rich fraction to form a sucrose-reduced and oligosaccharide-rich fraction, as well as passing various fractions through membranes for further purification and enrichment. The patent outlines a detailed process for producing a juice product with specific nutrient compositions, offering a novel approach to creating reduced-calorie beverages with enhanced nutritional profiles.

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