PepsiCo is looking for a new protein source for its snacks and beverages, though there's no word as to what products will be affected

Though the words ‘mealworm powder' might be unappetizing to many, PepsiCo is looking into its use as an alternative protein source in their products. The company recently posted a request on innovation site NineSights for “new and novel protein sources for usage in their snacks and beverages,” including plant- and insect-based proteins. The request notes that Pepsi has already experimented with soy, dairy, moringa, duckweed, pea protein, single cell protein, cricket powder and mealworm powder.

The company did not comment on why they are looking for these alternative protein sources, but it might have to do with the fact that consumers are slowly broadening their horizons, and that many of these different options are more sustainable. What will eventually make it onto their products' ingredients lists remains unclear, but taste and public reception will undoubtedly be key to making it stick.

Though the words ‘mealworm powder' might be unappetizing to many, PepsiCo is looking into its use as an alternative protein source in their products. The company recently posted a request on innovation site NineSights for “new and novel protein sources for usage in their snacks and beverages,” including plant- and insect-based proteins. The request notes that Pepsi has already experimented with soy, dairy, moringa, duckweed, pea protein, single cell protein, cricket powder and mealworm powder.