September 21, 2023

SRODA SLASKA, POLAND — PepsiCo, Inc. opened its fifth manufacturing plant in Poland on Could 31.

The corporate has invested greater than $238.6 million in what it’s calling “essentially the most environmentally sustainable, technologically superior and modern PepsiCo facility within the European Union,” with $30.3 million of that quantity going towards environmental options. The funding additionally contributes to the growth of product vary and enhance within the scale of manufacturing for 20 European markets. Based on PepsiCo, the entire space of the plant — full with workplace area, warehouse and trendy sewage therapy plant — is roughly 13.5 acres (equal to seven soccer fields) whereas the adjoining manufacturing corridor is roughly shut to six acres. The ability will make use of 450 individuals, primarily from the area, and might be absolutely operational in 2025, PepsiCo famous.

“We’re proud to announce that less than 20 months after laying the foundation stone, the manufacturing of potato chips and Doritos nachos has began on the PepsiCo plant in Swiatem close to Sroda Slsska,” stated Tomasz Grzelczyk, senior director of end-to-end provide chain at PepsiCo. “It is a crucial day for all PepsiCo workers, particularly for the venture group of over 150 individuals. I want to thank our common contractor, Budimex, the ARUP design workplace, representatives of the LSEZ, PAIH, in addition to native and native authorities authorities, with out whose assist and assist we might not have been capable of full this venture.”

PepsiCo stated the plant consists of three technologically superior and energy-efficient manufacturing traces: inside an hour, two of the traces will produce 12,500 packs of Lay’s potato chips whereas the third will produce 30,000 packs of Doritos nachos, making it the primary time a Polish snack plant produces this particular product. The plant additionally makes use of an modern warmth restoration system from the potato frying course of, which entails utilizing 100% of the biogas generated from pure resource-based product manufacturing to warmth the therapy plant constructing. As is, the generated energy from the manufacturing traces is 3 megawatts, which is 60% of the warmth wanted for the complete constructing, along with the three.2 megawatts generated from an electrical steam boiler that considerably reduces the ability’s carbon footprint.

The plant additionally makes use of an above-ground tank to gather and recuperate rainwater for the plant’s wants, a course of that consists of purifying and desalting the collected rainwater in a nanofiltration system to be used in technological processes, comparable to within the cooling cycle, after which returning it to the environment, in accordance with PepsiCo. Different methods the plant recycles water is from potato chopping, which in flip is reused for the preliminary potato rinsing, in addition to sizzling water for laundry from the cooking oil cooling course of. One other environmentally pleasant water useful resource that the ability has instituted is absorption gadgets known as chillers, which soak up warmth from the atmosphere and convert it into chilly air to ventilate the manufacturing area, PepsiCo stated.

“Poland is a strategic market with nice improvement potential, the place we’ve been investing for over 30 years,” stated Silviu Popovici, president of PepsiCo Europe. “The opening of this new, environmentally sustainable snack institution marks a milestone for PepsiCo in Europe. I want to thank our stakeholders and workers for his or her assist in implementing the assumptions concerning meals manufacturing in accordance with our PEP+ imaginative and prescient. I’m proud that this facility was opened in such a short while.”

PepsiCo stated it invested $46 million in a number of sustainability tasks in 2022, such because the manufacturing of recyclable rPET packaging, the gathering and recycling of snack packaging waste as a part of the ReFlex venture, the powering of 4 crops and the corporate’s headquarters in Warsaw from renewable vitality sources, and the corporate’s personal photovoltaic farms. PepsiCo additionally has been cooperating with farmers and communities throughout Poland, with greater than 70 farms taking part within the firm’s agrarian program. PepsiCo is presently generally known as an entity that purchases the biggest variety of potatoes in Poland for the manufacturing of snacks, and the brand new plant will present additional alternatives for cooperative potato supplying. PepsiCo will proceed to spend money on environmentally pleasant options for the ability, together with wind generators, a decentralized biogas crops that makes use of leftover biomass from the manufacturing course of, and the growth of the therapy plant to supply biofertilizer. The corporate goals for the ability to realize zero web emissions by 2035.