Pune, September 25, 2009: Delivering on its global vision of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo India's R&D team has opened a new chapter with the success of its innovative methodology of making India's favourite snack, Kurkure using bio gas. This is the first time in PepsiCo's global operations that bio-gas has directly been used to fire the fryer burner. Aligned with PepsiCo's waste to wealth initiative this landmark initiative has also significantly reduced the amount of waste exiting the FritoLay plant thus reducing carbon dioxide emission and ensuring a safer and healthier environment for people living closer to the plants.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajeev Kumar, Pune Plant Manager, FritoLay India said, "PepsiCo's focus on sustainable use of resources and the efforts of our R&D team has helped us earn the coveted position of becoming the first plant in FritoLay's global operations to implement this innovative technology. We are proud to be amongst the first plant that has successfully used bio gas and considerably reduced the waste exiting our plant. These achievements are a strong reflection of PepsiCo India's vision of promoting environmental sustainability and offering healthier eating options for our consumers.
Taking PepsiCo's global vision of Performance with Purpose to the next level, the Pune plant now produces enough bio-gas to run 2 Kurkure lines and through the use of biogas, the plant will reduce 600 tons of carbon-dioxide emissions annually. This initiative will also ensure an annual substitution of 200 tons of LPG.
This innovation makes Kurkure healthier, significantly reduces carbon dioxide emission, saves on the use of non renewable energy resources (LPG) and reduces waste discharge from the plant by reusing it as fuel thus supporting its philosophy of waste to wealth. This technology to recycle bio gas from the traditional waste at PepsiCo Pune plant not only improves efficiency in the use of resources and increase awareness in the community about need for innovation to conserve the environment. This step reiterates PepsiCo's vision of environment sustainability of making tomorrow better than today.
PepsiCo is one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, with 2008 annual revenues of more than $43 billion. The company employs approximately 198,000 people worldwide, and its products are sold in approximately 200 countries. Its principal businesses include: Frito-Lay snacks, Pepsi-Cola beverages, Gatorade sports drinks, Tropicana juices and Quaker foods.PepsiCo entered India in 1989 and has grown to become the country's largest selling food and beverage company. One of the largest multinational investors in the country, PepsiCo has established a business which aims to serve the long term dynamic needs of consumers in India. The group has built an expansive beverage, snack food and exports business and to support the operations are the group's 41 bottling plants in India, of which 13 are company owned and 28 are franchisee owned. In addition to this, PepsiCo's Frito Lay snack division has 3 state of the art plants. PepsiCo's business is based on its sustainability vision of making tomorrow better than today. PepsiCo India's commitment to living by this vision every day is visible in its contribution to the country, consumers, farmers and people.please visit www.pepsico.com