December 18, 2019

Modesto, California: A Showcase for Sustainability in Freight Operations

As the largest producer of snacks in the U.S., Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, understands a comprehensive approach to fleet efficiency is necessary to meet changing consumer needs, reduce its environmental impact and thrive in today’s economy.

Frito-Lay is aggressively doing its part to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2030, a PepsiCo-wide mission. For Frito-Lay, that means taking bold steps to incorporate innovative technologies.  

Through a transformative freight sustainability project at our Modesto, Calif. site, Frito-Lay aims to replace all its existing diesel-powered freight equipment with zero-emission (ZE) and near zero-emission (NZE) technologies at its Modesto, Calif. manufacturing site by 2021. This effort will transform the 500,000-square-foot site – one of Frito-Lay’s largest in the U.S. – into an industry-leading showcase for environmentally sustainable manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.

The Modesto project will integrate an array of commercially available and pre-commercial ZE and NZE technologies in numerous applications, among them fleet vehicles and supporting infrastructure, on-site renewable energy generation and energy storage systems. The Modesto project will also contribute to industry knowledge of the emerging technologies by funding data collection and reporting of the project results.

The first-of-its-kind project for PepsiCo and Frito-Lay is part of California Climate Investments (CCI). CCI receives funding from several state agencies including the California Air Resources Board and puts cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment.

Learn more about this project at our Modesto site via the video above.