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PepsiCo to triple size of Durham storage centre

By: David Howells
19 March 2012

PepsiCo has announced plans to triple the size of its Durham storage centre, reports.

As part of aggressive growth plans, PepsiCo looks set to invest £9.3 million into its distribution centre in Peterlee, which is used for its Walkers Crisps and Quaker Oats brands.

The expansion will also see PepsiCo invest in new green features, including rainwater harvesting for its vehicle wash and energy efficient cranes. As part of its "path to zero" pledge, PepsiCo will also utilise low heating requirements for the extension and need-activated lighting.

Workers will even be given allotment space to grow their own fruit and vegetables, with waste from the canteen going towards composting.

The expansion plans could see PepsiCo looking at logistics recruitment as it adds to the 400 members of staff currently employed at the Peterlee base

Speaking to of the plans, PepsiCo senior supply chain director Jane Burkitt explained: "I'm delighted to reveal our expansion today. We're seeing impressive growth across our brands, including Quaker Oats, which we store here in Peterlee.

"Quaker has grown in the UK by 22 per cent in the last three years and, with such increase in demand, we've not only invested to produce more but also store more Quaker Oats as they begin their journey to breakfast tables across the country. Our expansion will help us to keep up with demand for many years to come."

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