THE NEWS: Pepsico Inc. plans to cut 8,700 jobs, about 3 percent of its 300,000 global work force, in a restructuring. The company also reported fourth-quarter earnings rose 4 percent. Adjusted results beat expectations.
THE CONTEXT: Pepsico and other soda makers are facing higher commodity costs and changing consumer tastes. Pepsi's soda division has been losing ground to Coca-Cola, but its snack business, which includes Doritos and Quaker Oats, has been doing better.
WHAT'S NEXT: The company said it expects adjusted earnings to fall in 2012, which it called a transition period, before growth begins again in 2013.