Groundbreaking Powder Application Technologies

Request Number N086235
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PepsiCo seeks novel technologies for seasoning application on fabricated potato chips.



During the production of fabricated potato chips, the application of seasoning is an important but inefficient process. For a demonstration of how such chips are made, please view this link.


The typical method for the application of seasoning is for the chips to pass through a curtain of falling powder. This system has the undesirable side effect of a portion of the seasoning falling between chips. To counter this inefficiency, this seasoning can be recycled for use during later production runs. Unfortunately, the flow characteristics of the powdered seasoning can be negatively impacted by exposure to air or airborne oil particles, limiting reuse potential.


Additionally, the need for even coverage across individual chip surfaces and consistency between production lanes can be challenging as well.


To improve production efficiency and ensure product quality, PepsiCo seeks the next generation in powder application technologies.


Key Success Criteria


  • “Paradigm shift” from a typical loose powder-based system
  • Must significantly reduce the seasoning loss associated with current method – zero loss goal
  • Have no impact on the quality (e.g. increased sodium levels)
  • Chips must be dry “instantly” after seasoning is applied – they need to stack effectively without chip to chip adhesion


  • Two-sided application
  • Be applicable to other products
  • No major modifications needed on the line – compatible with existing lines


Possible Approaches

PepsiCo is open (with the exceptions noted below) to all approaches capable of achieving the desire performance.


Approaches not of interest

Unless significant advancement has been achieved, PepsiCo is already familiar with the following technologies:

  • Scarf plate
  • Screw feed
  • Belts


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
  • Commercial & Industrial Design
  • Electronics & Electronic Components
  • Electrical Products
  • Electronic Component Manufacturing
  • Other
  • Food & Beverage
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Snack Food Manufacturing
  • Other
  • Other
  • Manufacturing & Fabrication
  • Commercial Equipment & Components
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers
  • Process Control
  • Other
Due Date
April 27, 2018
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