PepsiCo is adding to its manufacturing network in Europe with another facility in Poland.
The US behemoth has started building its fifth plant in Poland. Construction of the site in Swiete, a village in the south west of the country, is expected to be completed in 2025. The company expects the factory to be fully up and running in the same year.
PepsiCo said the plant will be its largest in Europe. The site will manufacture products for domestic sale and for export to more than 20 countries, including Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
“We’ve been operating and investing in Poland for 30 years,” Silviu Popovici, the CEO of PepsiCo’s business in Europe, said. “It is a great central hub as our food business grows in central and eastern Europe.”
The Lay’s and Doritos maker does not disclose sales at the level of central and Eastern Europe. However, in the first half of 2021, PepsiCo’s European business generated net revenue of US$5.08bn, up from $4.56bn a year earlier. The growth equated to a 9% increase on an organic basis. PepsiCo does not publicly split out its food and beverage sales in Europe.
PepsiCo has 3,600 employees in Poland. The company said the new plant will employ more than 450 staff when it starts production.
Asked if the new site in Swiete could lead to the closure of PepsiCo’s other sites in Poland, Michal Jaszczyk, the general manager, of the group’s business in the country, told Just Food: “This plant will provide additional production capacity for our snacks business as we see growth across central and eastern Europe.”
PepsiCo has more than 60 directly-owned food and drinks manufacturing sites across Europe.