New Delhi: PepsiCo India’s bottling partner Varun Beverages (VBL) today announced opening of its Rs 550-crore facility in Pathankot, Punjab, which would roll out products from the cola major’s beverage portfolio.
The integrated facility will produce PepsiCo’s Tropicana range of fruit juices, dairy-based products, carbonated soft drinks, Aquafina water, Gatorade and Lipton ice tea, according to a joint statement.
Spread over 41 acres, the company has commenced trial production in this greenfield production facility, which will be the first fully backward integrated facility to produce PepsiCo’s beverage portfolio items.
Besides, the facility is also expected to create over 5,000 direct and indirect jobs in the state. PepsiCo India CEO Ahmed ElSheikh said: “This new facility will act as a hub to address the growing demand for our well-loved beverage portfolio among consumers in the state and beyond.”