Leveraging Digital Solutions to Enhance Food Safety at PepsiCo, Globally

  • An overview of the variety of challenges experienced by the food industry in today’s global food network
  • Establishing food safety digitization priorities to prioritize impactful efforts while realizing efficiencies in the system
  • Discuss how to leverage technology to address these challenges & reduce food safety risk across global supply chains

Mahir Bhagia
Chief Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) Officer

Mahir is currently Vice President of Food safety at PepsiCo Inc( $80B annual revenue). He leads global food safety organization, which is responsible for setting the standards and governing the processes for delivering right food safety standards for all categories (Foods & Beverages) with every pack and every bottle produced by more than 1100 manufacturing plants in PepsiCo portfolio globally.

He has been working at PepsiCo for more than 25 years with gradually increasing responsibilities. He started in India, worked in various Operations/supply chain roles including plant manager of the largest bottling plant in India. He then moved to New York and worked on building quality systems for Non- carbonated Beverages. After that he spent 3 years in Dubai heading Food safety & Quality function for Asia, Middle East, and Africa region. In 2015, he returned to PepsiCo headquarters in New York heading FSQA for Nutrition category globally ($13B annual revenue). Then he led the global program management for R&D implementing digital transformation projects like SAP and Virtual development.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Mahir worked at Unilever, India for 4 years in the area of Environment, Health & safety. He also worked for an Indian Company, Thermax, selling industrial products for 2 years.

Mahir is a chemical engineer and holds a postgraduate degree in Process Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.