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Tropicana Introduces Tropicana Tropolis(TM) to Squeeze More Fruit into Kids' Daily Diets

  12/16/2010

Real Fruit Snack Makes Fruit Fun, Marks New Foray for Tropicana into Food for Kids

CHICAGO, Dec. 16, 2010 --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tropicana Products, Inc., a division of PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP), announced it is testing a new portable kids snack called Tropicana Tropolis™ – a smooth blend of real squeezable fruit, packed with nutrition, designed for kids. America’s iconic juice brand for more than 50 years, Tropicana created this innovative new food line to help moms squeeze the goodness of fruit into kids’ daily diets by making fruit fun.

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With challenges in mind that moms and kids face when it comes to consuming enough fruits and vegetables, Tropicana worked with moms, kids and health experts including dietitians and pediatricians to develop this healthy, delicious, lunchbox and grab-and-go snack. Price, availability and convenience are the three main barriers for moms when it comes to squeezing fruits and vegetables into everyday routines, leaving Americans, including children, short on the five to 13 fruit and vegetable servings recommended for everyday consumption¹.

Made with Moms in Mind

The brand believes the fruit goodness, nutrition and portion size of Tropicana Tropolis will have mom appeal. It boasts a smooth blend of real squeezable fruit, is a good source of fiber, and offers 100 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, with no added sugars, artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup; and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Tropicana Tropolis aims to deliver a fun fruit experience in a convenient and affordable way.

“Moms have fond memories of Tropicana from their own childhoods, and our hope is that this new nutritious snack will give them yet another way to give their children fruit goodness,” said Memo Maquivar, Tropicana vice president of marketing. “For kids, we want Tropicana Tropolis to be all about making fruit fun and being drawn into ‘a world of good’.”

Infused with Fun for Kids

Tropicana enlisted the help of kids to identify the flavors they like most, resulting in the sweet and sour Tropicana Tropolis varieties: CherryWorld, GrapeWorld and AppleWorld. The colorful pouch shows kids a glimpse of a whole new Tropicana Tropolis World, while an online universe will allow them to discover the fun in fruit through interactive games. The package is designed to fit in lunchboxes and small hands for a fun-to-squeeze experience, while the top easily tears off to make eating independently a breeze for kids on-the-go.

Committed to Providing Families with Healthy, Delicious Products

The Tropicana Tropolis introduction is the latest addition to the expanding “Good for You” product portfolio from PepsiCo. As a corporation, PepsiCo is dedicated to encouraging people to live healthier lives by addressing consumers’ needs for wholesome, great-tasting and authentically nutritious products. Tropicana Tropolis comes on the heels of Tropicana’s successful 2009 debut of Trop50, a line of nutritious juice drinks with 50 percent less sugar and calories, and no artificial sweeteners.

Where Families Can Find Tropicana Tropolis

Tropicana Tropolis will be available in select stores in limited markets beginning late January 2011. If successful, expanded distribution is expected in 2012.

About Tropicana Products, Inc.

Tropicana Products, Inc., a division of PepsiCo, Inc., is the leading producer and marketer of branded fruit juices. Tropicana markets its products in the U.S. under a variety of brand names, including the Tropicana not-from-concentrate line of juices: Dole® juices and juice blends; Tropicana® Juices, Trop50 and Tropicana Twister® juice beverages. The Dole brand name is licensed from Dole Food Company, Inc. For more information about Tropicana, visit Tropicana.com.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo offers the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that each generates more than $1 billion in annual retail sales. Our main businesses – Frito-Lay, Quaker, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade – also make hundreds of other nourishing, tasty foods and drinks that bring joy to our consumers in more than 200 countries. With annualized revenues of nearly $60 billion, PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth, called "Performance with Purpose." By dedicating ourselves to offering a broad array of choices for healthy, convenient and fun nourishment, reducing our environmental impact, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, PepsiCo balances strong financial returns with giving back to our communities worldwide. For more information, visit: www.pepsico.com.

1 According to the State of the Plate 2005: Study on America’s Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables by the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

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SOURCE: Tropicana Products, Inc.

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