PepsiCo commissions Rs 814 crore greenfield foods plant in Uttar Pradesh

In the spirit of 'Unnati Ki Sajhedhari', Yogi Adityanath inaugurates the state-of-the-art foods manufacturing facility spread over 29 acres
PepsiCo commissions Rs 814 crore greenfield foods plant in Uttar Pradesh

Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh inaugurated PepsiCo state-of-the-art foods manufacturing plant

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  • Located in Kosi Kalan, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh (UP), commissioning of the foods plant marks PepsiCo's single largest investment of Rs 814 crore in India

  • Plant to create over 1,500 direct and indirect jobs and expand PepsiCo India's connect with over 5,000 farmers in UP

  • Greenfield facility to champion diversity with a target of at least 30% women employees

  • Supported by the government's ease of doing business policies, the Kosi Kalan plant has been operationalized in less than two years

  • Latest facility further strengthens PepsiCo's 'Winning with Purpose' philosophy of driving sustainable accelerated growth

Inspired by the Government of India's Atmanirbhar vision, PepsiCo India, on 15 September 2021, commissioned its greenfield foods plant, spread over 29 acres in Kosi Kalan, Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. The plant was inaugurated by Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. The launch ceremony was also addressed by Satish Mahana, infrastructure and industrial development minister, Uttar Pradesh Govt; Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, Dairy Development, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries Minister, Uttar Pradesh Govt; Navneet Singh Chahal, District Magistrate, Mathura; Eugene Willemsen, chief executive officer, Africa, Middle East, South Asia, PepsiCo, and Ahmed ElSheikh, President, PepsiCo India.

PepsiCo's single largest investment of Rs 814 crore in India

Set up with an investment of Rs 814 crore, the Kosi Kalan foods plant in Mathura marks PepsiCo's largest greenfield investment in manufacturing in India. It is also the company's first * 'Make and Move' factory, catering to the growing demand for its iconic Lay's potato chips brand. The state-of-the-art foods plant aligns with the Government of Uttar Pradesh's industrialization-led growth agenda.

1,500 direct and indirect jobs opportunities

The greenfield plant strengthens PepsiCo's 'Winning with Purpose' philosophy of driving sustainable accelerated growth and will create over 1,500 direct and indirect job opportunities in the State. It will also champion diversity with a target of at least 30% women employees. Another key aspect of the Kosi Kalan plant is its strong linkage with agriculture. PepsiCo India intends to source 1,50,000 tonnes of potatoes annually from the State and plans to connect with over 5,000 local farmers.

Speaking at the inauguration, Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, said, "The State of Uttar Pradesh has taken rapid strides in becoming Atmanirbhar by focussing on reforms and industry-friendly policies. All such efforts have led to UP being ranked No. 2 in ease of doing business in India, leading to greater employment opportunities and increased farmer incomes. I want to congratulate PepsiCo India for opening its foods plant in less than two years. We are positive this 'Unnati Ki Sajhedhari' will contribute to the progress of the State."

Highlighting the rising investors' interest in Uttar Pradesh, Satish Mahana, Infrastructure and Industrial Development Minister, said, "Our mission is to make Uttar Pradesh a leading state in terms of 'Ease of Doing' Business'. To make that a reality, we have introduced many industry-friendly reforms over the last few years, which have made the State a favorable investment destination. The MoU between PepsiCo and the State Government was signed in July 2019 and within six months land was allocated to the company for the new plant. In January 2020, the pandemic hit India. Despite the lockdown and subsequent challenges, the State Government and PepsiCo India worked closely together to ensure the company's greenfield project was operational in less than two years. This is a testimony of PepsiCo's commitment to the State and the Government's commitment to make Uttar Pradesh an industrial hub."

Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, Dairy Development, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries Minister, Uttar Pradesh Govt said, "The Uttar Pradesh Government under the leadership of Hon'ble Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath has implemented many industry-friendly policies and agricultural reforms that have created employment and investment opportunities in the State. The launch of PepsiCo India's foods plant in Kosi Kalan, Mathura, is a testament to this conducive business environment. We are confident that the new foods plant will spur economic growth locally and across the State of Uttar Pradesh."

Strong Agri-linkages

Eugene Willemsen, chief executive officer, Africa, Middle East, and South Asia, PepsiCo, said, "India continues to be a strategic market and an engine of growth for PepsiCo in Africa, Middle East, and South Asia (AMESA) region. No partnership with India can truly be complete without collaborating with Uttar Pradesh, home to one-sixth of its citizens. We are proud to significantly scale up this progress partnership by launching our greenfield foods plant in Mathura. The plant will implement the best of what PepsiCo has to offer globally in terms of technology, sustainability & diversity, and will contribute to the State's overall development through employment opportunities and strong Agri-linkages."

Unnati Ki Sajhedhari

Ahmed ElSheikh, president, PepsiCo India, said, "The launch of our new foods plant in Kosi Kalan, Mathura is in line with the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat. Commissioning of the foods plant marks PepsiCo's single largest investment of Rs 814 crore in the country. The support of the UP government and the local administration has been instrumental in commissioning our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in less than two years. We are proud to strengthen our' Unnati Ki Sajhedhari' with the State of Uttar Pradesh."

Featuring next-generation technologies

PepsiCo India has developed Kosi Kalan, Mathura foods plant, featuring next-generation technologies. The company will also commission a state-of-the-art cold storage warehouse for an improved supply chain in the State. The cold storage technology will increase the shelf life of potatoes substantially. Further, staying true to PepsiCo's 'Winning with Purpose' philosophy, the foods plant will deploy the best of sustainability practices leveraging investment into advanced technologies. It also has plans to progressively transition to significant renewable energy usage in the near future.

*In the 'Make and Move' model, products manufactured are directly sold to distributors from the origin plant; instead of dispatching finished goods to mother warehouse managed by third party.

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