Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, Inc., announced significant progress in the transformation of its Modesto, Calif. manufacturing site, including a more eco-friendly logistics chain, as part of PepsiCo’s broader sustainability strategy. Since the first-of-its-kind project for PepsiCo and Frito-Lay was announced in October 2019, the 500,000-square-foot Modesto facility has further evolved into an industry-leading showcase for environmentally sustainable manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.
The implementation of zero emission (ZE) and near-zero emission (NZE) technologies over the past year has led to sustainable impact – reducing the Modesto site’s vehicle fleet absolute GHG emissions by more than half (53%), or 2,790 metric tons of absolute GHG emissions, as well as lowering fleet diesel usage by 78%. In addition, Frito-Lay plans to replace all existing diesel-powered fleet with ZE and NZE vehicles by the end of 2021.
“Frito-Lay and PepsiCo are dedicated to reducing our environmental impact, especially in the more than 200 communities where we operate,” said Steve Hanson, senior director, fleet operations, engineering and sustainability for Frito-Lay. “We anticipate overall absolute GHG emissions will be reduced by 5,480 metric tons annually and diesel usage will be eliminated entirely from the Modesto fleet operations when fully implemented, the equivalent of removing nearly 13 million miles driven by passenger cars.”
To date, the equipment and infrastructure in place at the site includes nearly 60 tractors, box trucks, yard trucks and forklifts powered by alternative fuels, such as natural gas. Infrastructure to support the project incorporates an adjacent natural gas station with renewable attributes.
The $30.8M project is the result of a partnership with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), which received a grant from California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. CCI funding is awarded by several state agencies including the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The grant is 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.
Contributors to the ZE and NZE project in Modesto include: ANG; BYD Motors LLC; Café Coop; CALSTART; University of California, Riverside CE-CERT; ChargePoint; Crown; Meritor; Peterbilt; Project Clean Air; SJVAPCD; Tesla and Volvo Trucks.
Source: Frito Lay