PepsiCo has invested £9.3m to expand its UK distribution centre at Peterlee. The investment will enable PepsiCo to triple the size of its storage facility where it houses UK brands Quaker Oats and Walkers Crisps. The new site will enable them to take approximately 600,000km off the road each year by reducing delivery fleet distances.
A number of ‘green features’ have also been introduced on-site, including a 100% rainwater harvested fleet vehicle wash, energy efficient cranes, low heating requirements and need-activated lighting, all of which form part of the company’s path to zero pledge. To minimise the building’s environmental footprint, 99% of the construction waste has been recycled.
For instance, packaging from the new, energy efficient cranes has been used to create on-site allotments for employees to grow their own fruit and vegetables. These allotments will help the Peterlee site maintain its zero waste to landfill status by using all organic waste from the on-site canteen for composting.