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The opening of PepsiCo’s new lab in Science Park, adjacent to Yale University in New Haven, Conn., is part of a major shift by the company to fundamentally improve the nutritional profile of its vast portfolio of foods and beverages, PepsiCo said.

“Ultimately, we’re trying to make it easier for consumers to lead healthier lifestyles,” said Mehmood Khan, chief scientific officer and an endocrinologist. “We’re confident that the work we’ll be doing in New Haven, in collaboration with some of the world’s best scientists, will lead to advancements in nutrition and health for people across the globe.”

The group will focus on long-term research aimed at developing healthier foods and beverages that can improve people’s overall diets. The lab will be PepsiCo’s ninth global regional research center. Four centers are located in the United States, with others in the United Kingdom, Mexico, China and India, along with satellite centers in Thailand, Brazil and Australia.

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky rolled out an extension of its popular nugget line with new Jack Link’s oven roasted turkey nuggets and Jack Link’s maple glazed ham nuggets, made with premium cuts of 100% turkey and pork, respectively. The nuggets are low in fat, calories and carbs, making them a healthier snacking option.

“Jack Link’s oven roasted turkey nuggets and maple glazed ham nuggets…[are] naturally packed with protein and marry home-cooked flavors with on-the-go convenience,” stated Jeff LeFever, director of marketing for Jack Link’s Beef Jerky.

The nuggets are available for a suggested retail price of $5.99 per 3.25-oz. package at stores nationwide.

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