PepsiCo opens new beverage factory in Dong Nai
By Quoc Hung - The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC - PepsiCo, the world’s second-largest food and beverage business, on Wednesday officially inaugurated a new beverage plant in the southern province of Dong Nai’s Amata) Industrial Zone.
The plant, which was previously owned by San Miguel Vietnam Co., was acquired by PepsiCo Vietnam last month, as part of PepsiCo’s long-term commitment to its beverage business in the country. According to PepsiCo Vietnam, the US$45 million factory has a land area of more than 10 hectares, making it one of the largest PepsiCo beverage plants in Vietnam.
The new plant will produce popular carbonated and non-carbonated PepsiCo beverages such as Pepsi, 7Up, Mirinda, Twister, Sting, and Aquafina purified water among others.
The official inauguration of the plant in Dong Nai will bring the total number of PepsiCo manufacturing facilities in Vietnam to six, providing job opportunities for more than 2,000 direct labors.
Over the last three years, PepsiCo Vietnam has expanded its business in Vietnam with PepsiCo Can Tho plant that came into operation in 2009 and the ground breaking ceremony of PepsiCo Bac Ninh plant in January 2011 that will become operative in the middle of this year.
“The acquisition of this plant (in Dong Nai) is part of the company’s strategic development plan to maintain a sustainable growth, and to produce and provide good supply for the increasing demand of the whole country,” Shekhar Mundlay, president cum general director of PepsiCo Vietnam, said in a statement.
PepsiCo entered Vietnam in 1991. Its Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda, Aquafina, and Sting brands are popular in this market.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade estimates the domestic production capacity of non-alcohol beverage will reach four billion liters in 2015.
As part of the ceremony, PepsiCo Vietnam also granted VND500 million for the “Businessmen and Province Security” Foundation contributing to Dong Nai community.