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Exclusive: Pepsi, Coca-Cola competing for investment in Chobani

Cans of soda are displayed in a case at Kwik Stops Liquor in San Diego, California February 13, 2014.

PepsiCo Inc (PEP.N) and Coca-Cola Co (KO.N) are in talks to invest in Chobani LLC, in a deal that the Greek yogurt maker hopes could value it at as much $3 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

The negotiations illustrate how soft drink giants are making a push to diversify beyond the slow-growth carbonated beverage sector into the U.S. consumer market's faster-growing healthy lifestyle segment.

Chobani is exploring selling a minority stake, including warrants owned by private equity firm TPG Capital LP that account for between 10 percent and 20 percent of the yogurt maker's equity depending on its financial performance, the people said.

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