USA – Frito-Lay a division of PepsiCo and a manufacturer of snacks, is set to invest US$200 million to expand its snack manufacturing operations in Perry, Georgia, USA.

The Perry site is the largest Frito-Lay manufacturing facility in the US, with more than 1,000 employees and with the expansion project 120 jobs will be created.

The investment will include the addition of two new manufacturing lines: one producing Frito-Lay tortilla chip products and the other Baked Cheetos Puffs.

The announcement of the investment was made by the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp saying, “Frito-Lay is one of the most recognisable US brands, and we are proud that that this corporate partner continues to find success in Perry, Georgia.”

“We are very grateful for the new opportunities this expansion will generate for hardworking Georgians and their families in Houston County,” he said.

As part of its expansion, Frito-Lay highlighted that it will also add strategic space for a future manufacturing line and a warehouse building to address future growth.

In its Q1 results, announced in April this year, PepsiCo witnessed increased consumer demand, particularly in its food and snacks business. Frito-Lay reported 7% growth in net revenue to US$4.07 billion and 5% volume growth driven by its Cheetos and Tostitos brands.

“For more than 30 years, the Frito-Lay Perry site has been a proud member of the Houston County community and a key contributor to the Georgia economy,” said Callum Bissett, senior site director, Perry, Frito-Lay North America.

“We appreciate the support and vision of state and local officials – including the team at the Development Authority of Houston County – who have been instrumental to our continued growth.”

It will add a manufacturing line producing Frito-Lay tortilla chip products and Baked Cheetos Puffs. The expansion also includes “strategic space for a future manufacturing line and a warehouse building to address the new manufacturing lines and future growth,” according to the governor’s news release.

Houston County’s Development Authority chairman said officials were “thrilled” the company chose the county for the expansion. Officials did not say when work on the project was set to begin.

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