Posted by Navjoat Aulakh.
PepsiCo’s famous ‘healthy’ beverage line, Naked Juice, is being stripped down and exposed for it’s misleading marketing tactics. The line of beverages features images of various fruits and vegetables, and claims to be ‘all natural’. The CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) has argued that “a single 15.2-ounce container (the smallest option) contains 61 grams of sugar, about 50% more sugar than a 12-ounce can of Pepsi”. The American Heart Association’s suggested sugar intake is 37.5 grams a day, PepsiCo’s Naked Juice almost doubles this suggested amount.
Although the lawsuit is less than two months old, it is expected to make impact in due time. CSPI is asking that the company be more transparent in the ingredients of the drink, and to compensate monetary damages to customers. Although the compensation of damages is not likely, PepsiCo will most likely have to change it’s marketing tactics. The CSPI has a strong history of exposing the misleading marketing of products, and has even caused changes in rival companies such as Coca-Cola.
Navjoat is an accounting major at the Feliciano School of Business, Montclair State University, Class of 2019.