PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Modesto Facility Celebrates Becoming California’s First Existing Food Manufacturing Site to Achieve LEED® Gold

May 26, 2011

PLANO, Texas - PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Modesto, Calif., facility has become the state’s first food manufacturing site to be awarded LEED® Gold existing building from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), as verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Frito-Lay North America now has eight certified LEED® Gold existing buildings across the country with manufacturing sites in Casa Grande, Ariz., Topeka, Kan., Perry, Ga., Beloit, Wis., Jonesboro, Ark., Killingly, Conn., and its Plano, Texas-based headquarters.

“Today, Frito-Lay Modesto continues its legacy of sustainability by becoming the state’s first food manufacturing LEED Gold certified existing building,” said Tom Melead, maintenance and engineering director, Frito-Lay Modesto. “It is only through the dedication and desire of our team members that we were able to retrofit this 21-year-old building and solidify Frito-Lay’s place as a leader in sustainability in Stanislaus County and the State of California.”

“Frito-Lay’s certification shows tremendous leadership in greening an existing building, which makes up the vast majority of the U.S. building stock,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Greening our existing buildings helps save money and energy, creates healthier places to live, work and learn - all while addressing our single greatest opportunity to help solve the climate change equation.”

To achieve LEED certification, the company’s Modesto sustainability strategy included implementing a number of green design and construction features, and water reduction technologies and practices.

Energy reduction: The Frito-Lay Modesto facility has reduced its natural gas consumption by 25% per pound of product and its electricity use by 24% per pound of product since 1999 by installing new technologies such as the 1MW photovoltaic solar system which generates nearly 25% of the facility’s electrical requirements when in operation, high efficiency lighting throughout the plant and a thermal solar system which generates steam to help cook our chips. These and other initiatives greatly reduce the facility’s emissions of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide.

Water reduction: The facility has reduced its water consumption by nearly 36% per pound of product since 1999 by implementing technologies that reduce water used in its corn cooking and potato chip processing. The facility also implemented automatic sinks and hand washing stations with low-flow fixtures.

Recycling: More than 98% of the Modesto facility’s solid waste is diverted from landfills. The site achieved this milestone through many initiatives including an employee-led recycling program, reusing cardboard shipping boxes multiple times, and allocating waste product for use in animal feed.

Frito-Lay Modesto has been a part of the Stanislaus County community for 21 years.  The more than 340,000 square foot building sits on approximately 80 acres of land.  Frito-Lay Modesto produces some of America’s favorite snacks including Lay’s and Ruffles potato chips, Sunchips, Tostitos tortilla chips, Doritos tortilla chips and Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks.
U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprised of 79 local affiliates, 16,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Nearly 40,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising nearly 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 117 countries. In addition, more than 10,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with nearly 38,000 more homes registered.

By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

About Frito-Lay

Frito-Lay North America is the $13 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo (NYSE:  PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY.  Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate Web site,, the Snack Chat blog, and on Twitter at

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