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Frito-Lay Launches New Sustainability Project

October 9, 2019
Frito-Lay is investing $30.8 million in a sustainability-oriented project at its Modesto, CA manufacturing plant. Image courtesy of Flickr user anne-cathrine_nyberg
Frito-Lay is investing $30.8 million in a sustainability-oriented project at its Modesto, CA manufacturing plant. Image courtesy of Flickr user anne-cathrine_nyberg

PepsiCo division Frito-Lay is investing $30.8 million to add zero-emission (ZE) and near-zero emission (NZE) freight equipment at its largest facility in the U.S. According to an October 3 company release, the Cheetos maker will replace all of its diesel-powered equipment, including fleet vehicles.  

“The Modesto project is indicative of our commitment to sustainable business practices that lead to innovation, increased productivity, operational excellence, and business growth. We are grateful for the support of San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, CARB, and CCI in making this important project happen,” Michael O’Connell, vice president of supply chain at PepsiCo, said in a statement. “We hope this work will become an operating model for all of our facilities across the U.S., and that we act as the catalyst to accelerate adoption of alternative fuel vehicles across the country.”

ZE and NZE technologies will be utilized in a variety of applications like on-site renewable energy generation, supporting infrastructure, and fleet vehicles. PepsiCo also plans to collect data on the use of the new technologies to report on their impact at the site. 

The food and beverage firm said the project in Modesto is linked to its efforts to lower its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% by 2030. Funding for the project was obtained through the California Climate Investments (CCI) program, an initiative in California to use Cap-and-Trade dollars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost the state’s economy, advance public health, and improve the environment.

A number of sustainability measures are currently in place at the Modesto facility. Less than 1% of waste generated by the site goes to landfills, according to PepsiCo. 

The project is slated to reach completion in 2021.

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