- PepsiCo will invest over PLN 1 billion
- The new plant will become the largest and most environmentally sustainable PepsiCo facility in Europe
- Thanks to the investment in the region, 450 jobs will be created, and the products manufactured in the plant will be exported to over 20 European countries
- The facility will be climate neutral by 2035 and will use the latest technology in the field of sustainable development
PepsiCo representatives emphasize that their investment near Wroclaw will be “the most environmentally sustainable plant producing PepsiCo snacks in Europe".
The plant will be built several kilometers from Wrocław, in the village of Święte in the Środa Śląska commune, right next to the road 94 Wroclaw-Środa Śląska, near the Lufthansa Xeos plant.
PepsiCo - Frito Lay chips plant near Wroclaw
On August 26, 2021, the foundation stone for the new factory was ceremonially laid. The meeting was attended by, among others, the Prime Minister of the Polish government, the US Consul General, representatives of the PepsiCo concern, the general contractor and local authorities.
The investment worth over PLN 1 billion - the company's fifth production facility located in our country - will be implemented in stages until 2025. It will be a plant producing Frito Lay chips (Frito Lay is part of the PepsiCo concern) and will be built by Budimex S.A.
We have been investing and operating in Poland for 30 years. The central location favors the development of our food production in Central and Eastern Europe. However, development must take place in a sustainable manner - we want our plants to be the most ecological facilities not only in Europe, but also around the world. In Środa Śląska, we create the future of food production. We want to build a model facility for sustainable development throughout Europe. - Silviu Popovici, PepsiCo's CEO for Europe.
New jobs in the Wrocław agglomeration
The investment will create 450 jobs in the region. Local farmers can certainly count on cooperation.
Agriculture plays a key role in all of our global operations - we work with over 3,900 farmers to locally source the highest quality potatoes, oats, corn, apples, nuts and milk. -informs PepsiCo.
Agricultural products for the manufacturing of snacks in the new plant will be delivered by Polish farmers closely cooperating with PepsiCo as part of the so-called Agrarian Program. The program was initiated 28 years ago, and currently PepsiCo cooperates directly with 80 farms from all over Poland, acquiring annually from them over 230 thousand tonnes of potatoes grown only in a sustainable way. It is estimated that due to the launch of the new plant, this number will increase by approx. 60 thousand tonnes per year until 2023.
In addition, the company will establish cooperation with corn producers, contracting up to 30,000 for the production of Doritos nachos by 2027. With the commencement of construction of a new snack plant, PepsiCo will significantly expand the scope of the Agrarian Program in Poland, increasing the total acreage of agricultural production to 7,500 ha, and the number of cooperating farms to over 100.
Budimex will build a chips factory near Wroclaw
Budimex, commissioned by PepsiCo, will build the Frito Lay plant together with internal installations, including electromechanical works as well as land development and technical infrastructure. The factory will be built on a plot of over 30 hectares in a subzone of the Legnica Special Economic Zone.
PepsiCo - the American food giant is 56 years old
The American PepsiCo concern was founded in 1965 when Donald Kendall, president of Pepsi-Cola, and Herman Lay, president of Frito-Lay, formed one company. Today, the company is one of the world's largest producers and sellers of non-alcoholic beverages and food products. They include, among others: Pepsi, Lay's, Cheetos. They are available in over 200 countries and regions around the world, and each of the 22 best-selling brands generates annual revenues of over US $ 1 billion. With operations in more than 100 countries, PepsiCo employs 59,000 people.
PepsiCo has been in Poland since 1991 and has 3,200 employees. Production plants are located in Michrów, Żnin, Grodzisk Mazowiecki and Tomaszów Mazowiecki.