PepsiCo, India’s Tata Tea in joint-venture talks

NEW YORK, April 12, 2010 (AFP) – US soft-drinks and snacks giant PepsiCo and India’s Tata Tea will explore the formation of a joint venture in “healthy” non-carbonated beverages, the companies said in a statement received Monday. “More details will only be available once the definitive agreements for the joint venture are finalized and executed, which is expected to be done over the next few months,” they said in a statement issued Friday in New Delhi.

The joint venture “for healthy beverages” will be in the area of non-carbonated ready-to-drink beverages, “focused on health and enhanced wellness.”

The transaction must be approved by the shareholders and executive boards of the two companies, as well as by authorities.

Tata Tea, a subsidiary of conglomerate Tata, is the world’s second leading tea purveyor.

PepsiCo entered India in 1989 and has become the country’s largest-selling food and beverage business.