PepsiCo opens green plant in China
June 26, 2009
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
CHONGQING, CHINA — PepsiCo has opened its first overseas "green" plant in China in the city of Chongqing. The plant is part of the company’s plans to invest $1 billion in the country.
"Despite the current uncertainty in many parts of the world, we have no doubt that China will remain a powerful engine of global economic expansion," said Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive officer at PepsiCo. "This is the largest, most ambitious development effort we’ve undertaken in our more than 25 years of doing business here."
The new facility is designed to use 22% less water and 23% less energy than the average PepsiCo plant in China. It will save water by using a high-pressure cleaning system, water-free conveyor belt lubricant and water-saving fixtures. In addition, 75% of the plant’s indoor areas feature natural lighting. Overall, the plant is expected to help PepsiCo reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3,100 tons annually, water usage by 100,000 tons and overall energy use by 4 million kilowatt hours compared with the previous Chongqing plant.
"This plant reflects our deep and long-term commitment to China," Ms. Nooyi said. "It is also an important milestone in our green journey, on which we are partnering with the Chinese government, industry and others to continue to promote the heath and longevity of our planet."
During the next two years, PepsiCo plans to open five new beverage manufacturing plants as well as invest to strengthen its local research and development capabilities and broaden its portfolio of Chinese-designed and developed products.