LINCOLN, United Kingdom. – PepsiCo UK has announced plans to invest £ 24million ($ 33.1million) to upgrade its Quavers snack factory in Lincoln, UK. As part of the investment, PepsiCo said it will modernize the equipment, including the addition of a compact packaging machine that the company says will create training opportunities for employees while removing packaging in the company’s supply chain.
Introduced in 1968, Quavers are a British snack made from fried potatoes. Originally made by Smiths, they are now produced by Walkers, which was acquired by PepsiCo in 1995.
The investment in the Lincoln plant follows similar investments in PepsiCo’s facilities in Skelmersdale and Coventry Walkers to install specialized compact packaging machines, resulting in a 30% reduction in outer packaging on average in multipacks of snacks, according to PepsiCo. The new equipment is expected to be installed in Lincoln by mid-2022.
“We have always had a strong heritage in the Midlands, providing jobs for nearly 2,000 people in the region at our factories in Lincoln, Leicester and Coventry,” said Nigel Beilby, operations manager at the Lincoln factory. “For decades our Lincoln plant has brought much-loved Quavers snacks to consumers across the country, and with this cutting-edge technology, we are confident the site will continue to serve the nation for many years to come. to come.”