Powder Sterilization Technologies

Request Number N486160
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PepsiCo seeks efficient and effective technologies to sterilize powdered seasonings without impacting performance characteristics.



The powdered seasonings provided to PepsiCo are often comprised of onion or garlic powder. The complete seasoning, or its component ingredients, have the potential for the presence of undesirable microbial contamination. 

Treatment of these powders by way of irradiation can be effective, however, this technique is not permitted without proper labeling in certain global regions. Given the large surface area of the powders in question, other methods of microbial eradication have typically been ineffective.

PepsiCo would like to identify potential technologies to remove microbial contamination without negatively impacting the physical attributes or flavor profile of the seasoning.


Key Success Criteria
  • Significant reduction in both the microbial loading of the seasoning and of the pathogens of concern
  • No adverse effects on the seasoning/flavor profile of the seasoning
  • No adverse effects on the quality parameters of the seasoning (e.g. flowability)
  • No effect on H&S
  • Low cost
  • Be applicable to other powders/flavors
  • Minimum cost to operate 
  • Be applicable across a range of different seasoning application formats


Possible Approaches

With the exceptions noted below, PepsiCo is interested in all approaches that can meet the Key Success Criteria.


Approaches not of interest
Unless significant advancement has been achieved, PepsiCo is already familiar with the following technologies:
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Irradiation


Preferred Collaboration types
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted

You must use the RESPONSE TEMPLATE form provided for the PepsiCo Gallery.


The completed form must be uploaded to your submission through the NineSights platform. Please contact if you need assistance. PepsiCo will not review proposals that do not include the required form. The information contained in your Response Template should inform PepsiCo about the performance your technology can achieve without divulging any information how that performance is achieved. PepsiCo encourages you to respond with enthusiasm and creativity, provided that the information shared remains technologically informative.


To submit your idea or proposal, please use the Respond Now button on the right of this page. Please note that only non-confidential information can be accepted. By submitting a response, you represent that the response does not contain and will not be deemed to contain any confidential information of any kind.


Your response should be a concise abstract/executive summary. The proposal should briefly describe the technical approach and provide information on technology performance, background and description of the responding team and their related experience. By submitting a response, you acknowledge that PepsiCo, in its sole discretion, may select or reject a response or any portion thereof. Individuals and organizations wishing to engage with PepsiCo must first submit their non-confidential response via the appropriate project page – PepsiCo will not respond to or accept proposals made outside the PepsiCo Gallery managed by NineSigma.


Nothing in this Project Description obligates PepsiCo to implement, practice, license, purchase or provide any solutions, recommendations, inventions, intellectual property, products, concepts, systems, techniques or services, or to enter into any relationship or agreement with any party responding to this Project Description (a “Respondent”).  This Project Description does not create a relationship of agency, partnership, joint venture, or license between the PepsiCo and any Respondent.  Respondent acknowledges that PepsiCo may currently or in the future be developing, acquiring or licensing information inventions, intellectual property, products, concepts, systems, techniques or services similar to those being requested in this Project Description.  Accordingly, nothing in this Project Description will be construed as a representation or agreement that PepsiCo will refrain from developing or authorizing another to develop any products, concepts, systems or techniques that are similar to those contemplated in this Project Description.


Point of Contact
Jonathan Jakischa
Area of Interest
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Crop Production
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Food & Beverage
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Snack Food Manufacturing
  • Other
  • Flavorings & Additives
  • Other
Due Date
April 27, 2018
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