On Thursday, January 16, 2014, Pepsi Beverages Company of Hayward opened one of its state-of-the-art bottling plants to Latino business leaders and news media to highlight the beverage industry’s leadership in environmental stewardship, as well as its economic impact on the region. On hand to greet the attendees were Paul Turcotte, Greg Haskin, Lupe De La Cruz, Richard Montañez, representatives of PepsiCo., and Pedro Carrillo, American Beverage Association .
The tour showcased hybrid trucks, which are a growing part of PepsiCo’s delivery fleet. The company operates the largest fleet of electric vehicles in the country, and recently launched a 105 electric vehicle deployment in California for Pepsi Beverages Company and Frito Lay.
“Our company’s success in the state is based on responsiveness to California consumers and partnerships we’ve built with a diverse array of retailers and suppliers,” said Greg Haskin, Senior Director of Government Relations for PepsiCo. “Our success also includes our commitment to producing and delivering products in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.”
PepsiCo’s recycling and water conservation initiatives were also on full display throughout the tour. The packaging for beverage products is 100 percent recyclable—everything from the bottle to the caps to the boxes in which they are packaged. This is to reduce energy use and greenhouse gasses. As a result of initiatives such as these, beverage companies used 46 percent less packaging in 2006 than in 1990, despite an increase in sales.
PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with a portfolio of brands that offers many choices to fit various lifestyles that includes Pepsi, Tropicana, Gatorade, Naked Juice, Sabra, Frito Lay and Quaker. All told, PepsiCo’s footprint in California includes 11 manufacturing plants plus an additional 60 locations for warehouses, distribution centers and regional offices. Pepsi provides an overall economic impact of $16.73 billion, $2.27 billion in wages annually, $2.35 billion in taxes to the state of California, $3.52 billion in taxes to the federal government and $42 million in charitable giving in California during 2012.
PepsiCo employs more than 372 Hayward residents, and services more than 4,200 retailers. When combined with the PepsiCo-owned Gatorade production facility in nearby Oakland, the company’s regional employment numbers increase to 425.
California’s non-alcoholic industry directly employs more than 26,000 Californians in production, bottling, distribution and other roles, and supports the employment of an additional 86,000 Californians in related industries such as food and beverage, entertainment and others.
“PepsiCo strives to be a good community partner and works hard to be responsible to the needs of the consumer,” stated Richard Montañez. Montañez added, “We know the consumer has choices, and Pepsi provides their clients options.