Pepsico warns inflation will lead to higher prices

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Pepsico Inc. on Tuesday became the latest U.S. company to warn that it will need to raise prices in order to combat higher inflation. 

The Purchase, New York-based soft drink maker said elevated raw ingredient, labor and freight costs have already begun to eat into its margins and will become more of a problem later this year. 

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We are experiencing “ongoing inflation pressure,” said PepsiCo CFO Hugh Johnson on the company’s second-quarter conference call.  

“We insulate ourselves to some degree based on our forward buying program, and that has actually helped us clearly this year,” he added. “There’ll be a bit more pressure in the back half.”

In order to protect its balance sheet from those pricing pressures, PepsiCo has two options, according to CEO Ramon Laguarta. 

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