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Frito-Lay Transforms California Production Site into First-of-its-Kind Showcase for Sustainability

Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, announced that it will begin a first-of-its-kind project to replace all of its existing diesel-powered freight equipment with zero-emission (ZE) and near-zero emission (NZE) technologies at its Modesto, California manufacturing site.

The Modesto Zero- and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facility Project will transform the 500,000-square-foot site, one of Frito-Lay’s largest in the U.S., into an industry-leading showcase for environmentally sustainable manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.

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The project is furthering PepsiCo’s mission to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20 percent by 2030 and is part of California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

“Frito-Lay is continuously looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact,” said Michael O’Connell, vice president of supply chain, PepsiCo. “The Modesto project is indicative of our commitment to sustainable business practices that lead to innovation, increased productivity, operational excellence and business growth. 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 industry.”

Expected to be completed in 2021, the $30.8 million Modesto project will integrate an array of commercially available and pre-commercial ZE and NZE technologies in numerous applications, among them fleet vehicles and supporting infrastructure, on-site renewable energy generation and energy storage systems.

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The Modesto project will also contribute to industry knowledge of the emerging technologies by funding data collection and reporting on its results.

The project is the result of a partnership with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), which received a grant from CCI – matched by investments from Frito-Lay and American Natural Gas (ANG), as well as in-kind contributions from Café Coop – to support the Modesto sustainability initiative.

Frito-Lay has robust capabilities training for the Modesto site’s existing associates to learn and operate the new, high-tech fleet equipment. The company also has a rich history of sustainability in its manufacturing and distribution operations and has delivered products for over 300 million miles with alternative fuel trucks to-date. Frito-Lay is eager to further advance its sustainability efforts with this at-scale initiative.

“These are the goals of CCI, putting Cap-and-Trade dollars back into communities to improve health, promote economic development and address climate change. Thank you, Frito-Lay, for being leaders and showing other businesses in our state and beyond how to thrive when good public health through clean air and climate solutions is a company value,” said Alexander Sherriffs, M.D., CARB board member and San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District board member.

The current ZE and NZE project is a continuation of the Modesto facility’s widespread sustainability initiatives and commitment to environmental stewardship. The Modesto site sends less than 1 percent of its waste to landfill and leverages improved technologies.

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