Frito-Lay Southern California Regional Operations Team Wins Company's Highest Award For Operational Excellence

May 17, 2001



PLANO, Texas - Frito-Lay, the world's favorite convenient fun foods company, announced today that the company's Southern California operations team, comprised of two manufacturing sites and 17 distribution centers, has won the C.E. Doolin Award, the company's highest honor for operations excellence. The Southern California team won this award in a nationwide competition among 21 other operations teams.

The C.E. Doolin Award, named after the co-founder of Frito-Lay, is awarded annually to the regional operations team that demonstrates the most success in making the highest quality products, ensuring a safe work environment and providing superior service to Frito-Lay retail customers.

"Our world-class manufacturing team delivered superior performance this past year," said Jerry Matthews, Frito-Lay Director of Operations for Southern California. "When it comes to being committed to making the best Frito-Lay snacks, providing unmatched service to our customers and getting results, our team wins every day."

The Southern California regional operation of Frito-Lay employs 1500 people. Two manufacturing sites in the region, in Kern County and Rancho Cucamonga, are leading producers of Frito-Lay products.

The Kern site, built in 1986, produces 130 million pounds of Frito-Lay products per year and is the world's leading producer of Fritos Corn Chips. Kern also makes Lay's and Ruffles Potato Chips, Doritos Tortilla Chips, Tostitos Tortilla Chips, Rold Gold Pretzels and Baked Lay's Potato Crisps.

The Rancho Cucamonga site, built in 1970, produces 90 million pounds of Frito-Lay products per year and is the world's leading producer of Cheetos Cheese Flavored Snacks. The plant also produces Tostitos Tortilla Chips, Doritos Tortilla Chips, Fritos Corn Chips, and Doritos 3D'S Snacks.

The 17 Frito-Lay distribution centers sharing the C.E. Doolin award are located in Chula Vista, Santee, Vista, City of Industry, Bloomington, Murrieta, Sylmar, Nipomo, Ventura, Bakersfield, Lancaster, El Toro, Torrance, La Mirada, Palm Springs and Victorville, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev.

The Kern and Rancho Cucamonga manufacturing sites won additional awards for their operations innovation and people management.

The Kern site won the Operations Innovation award for the year 2000. This single award is given to a manufacturing site that has created new technologies or processes. The plant won for innovations in productivity and logistics.

The Rancho Cucamonga manufacturing site won the John Ewing Award, presented by Frito-Lay Human Resources annually for outstanding results in employee safety and commitment to diversity.

Frito-Lay, Inc., which is headquartered in Plano, Texas, is the $11 billion snack food division of PepsiCo, Inc., which is headquartered in Purchase, N.Y. Frito-Lay is the market leader in half of the world's top 10 snack chip markets with operations in 40 countries and a family of global, multi-billion-dollar brands including Lay's Potato Chips, Ruffles Potato Chips, Doritos Tortilla Chips, Tostitos Tortilla Chips and Cheetos Cheese Flavored Snacks.