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PepsiCo Invests £9.3 Million to Expand UK Distribution Centre

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PepsiCo Invests £9.3 Million to Expand UK Distribution Centre

PepsiCo Invests £9.3 Million to Expand UK Distribution Centre
March 23
15:05 2012

PepsiCo UK & Ireland is investing £9.3 million at its warehouse and distribution centre at Peterlee in the North East of England. The investment will enable PepsiCo to triple the size of its storage facility, which houses leading UK brands Quaker Oats and Walkers Crisps.

The new site will enable PepsiCo to take approximately 600,000 kilometres off the road each year by reducing delivery fleet distances. A number of ‘green features’ have also been introduced on-site, including a 100% rainwater harvested fleet vehicle wash, energy efficient cranes, low heating requirements and need-activated lighting, all of which form part of PepsiCo’s path to zero pledge. To minimise the building’s environmental footprint, 99% of the construction waste has been recycled.

For instance, packaging from the new, energy efficient cranes has been used to create on-site allotments for employees to grow their own fruit and vegetables. These allotments will help the Peterlee site maintain its zero waste to landfill status by using all organic waste from the on-site canteen for composting.

The  project at Peterlee is the second multi-million pound investment PepsiCo has made in the UK this year. PepsiCo is also investing £14.4million to increase the capacity of its Quaker Oats site at Cupar, in Scotland.

Jane Burkitt, PepsiCo UK’s senior supply chain director, comments: “We’re seeing impressive growth across our brands, including Quaker Oats which we store here in Peterlee. Quaker has grown in the UK by 22% in the last three years and, with such an increase in demand, we’ve not only invested to produce more but also to store more Quaker Oats as they begin their journey to breakfast tables across the country. Our expansion will help us to keep up with demand for many years to come.”

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