Rama Gadiraju

Rama Gadiraju

PepsiCo

Food Science

Since started working at Pepsi Co Beverages R&D in August 2004, Rama has worked on different beverage platforms. Pepsi Beverages have given her the opportunity to leverage her Food Science background to work on challenging programs including Dole Sparklers (10% Cold Frill Preserved Juice Drinks), Aquafina Alive (Clear water beverage with Juice), Aquafina FlavorSplash (Cold fill flavored Waters), Kids Beverages, and Propel Cold fill transition from Hot fill line.

In January, 2009, Rama transitioned to Cola Product Development Team where she worked on TM Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and Pepsi Max and launched multiple innovations across the Globe. Rama had the opportunity to lead transformation on existing Cola Portfolio and Innovation for key growth targets like Millennials, Cola lapsed users, Culturally relevant Innovation through launches of Pepsi Next/True, Caleb’s, Pepsi Atom and Pepsi Limon.

Rama also managed and mentored a team of R&D Food Scientists, and technicians. Working at PepsiCo have given her a chance to work effectively with support functions – Marketing, Sensory, Analytical, Packaging and other teams to develop superior new products that meet the project deliverables and support business growth initiatives.

In addition, being part of multiple ERGs like PAN have helped her not only be part of but also contribute to the amazing Inclusive Culture at PepsiCo.

In March 2015, she has seized an opportunity to transfer to our Foods Division in Plano, Texas and now is part of the Functional Extrusion Team.