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PepsiCo May Boost Marketing Budget to Take On Coca-Cola: Retail

PepsiCo Inc. Chief Executive Officer Indra Nooyi has taken over a coconut-water company, acquired a dairy in Russia and spent millions on a philanthropic marketing campaign. Her next big investment has a more familiar name: Pepsi-Cola.

The world’s largest snack-food maker may boost the advertising and marketing budget for its namesake cola and other drinks by as much as $600 million, or 50 percent, to $1.7 billion when it announces the results of a yearlong business review Feb. 9, according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.