PepsiCo has closed down its van sales operations in Ireland with the loss of 28 jobs nationwide.

The firm announced yesterday (10 November) that it plans to move to a “centralised and wholesale route to market”, which will result in the closure of its current direct to store (DTS) van sales operations.

“PepsiCo Ireland Food and Beverages have taken the difficult decision to move to a centralised and wholesale route to market following a review of business operations and in light of the challenging economic conditions in Ireland,” the firm said.

“This decision has not been taken lightly but is necessary to ensure the continued success of the business in Ireland,” it added.

PepsiCo said the 600 jobs located at PepsiCo in Cork are unaffected by the announcement.

The snacks giant also confirmed to just-food that it has purchased the former Swissco ready-meals plant that was wound up last year. 

Singapore Food Industries, the Singapore-based food group, decided to wind up the loss-making Irish business in December 2008.

A spokesperson said there were “no immediate plans” for its use although the site, which is close to the PepsiCo concentrate plant in Cork, could be developed “in due course”.