Frito-Lay Shares Strategic Investment Plans to Keep Up With Strong Consumer Demands

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The food giant has unveiled its plans for significant investments in its U.S. manufacturing sites including nearly 15,000 new sales and supply chain hires in 2021.

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division has announced its plans for significant investments in its U.S. manufacturing sites in order to enable the No. 3 food manufacturer’s ability to meet stronger consumer demands. In addition, Frito-Lay plans to hire nearly 15,000 frontline associates in 2021 for its sales and supply chain, with more than 5,000 roles actively being filled now through the end of the year.  

"Our strategic investments across key manufacturing sites have significantly expanded our capacity to support strong consumer demand," said Steven Williams, CEO, PepsiCo Foods North America. "We are proud to not only invest in our locations, but also in our people through continuing to provide great jobs with strong wages and benefits to our frontline employees."

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Frito-Lay has made and continues to make many substantial investments across the business. These investments aim to fund new manufacturing lines, warehouse expansions and improve its distribution network, which further enables the ability to always provide a wide assortment of Frito-Lay products to consumers everywhere they shop; ranging from iconic brands like Cheetos, Fritos and Doritos, to emerging brands like Bare Snacks, Off The Eaten Path and Popcorners.

Along with the manufacturing investments plans, Frito-Lay has also experienced a significant increase in role openings and new to-to-market strategies, in addition to backfilling vacant openings. As such, the company is using its investments to offer competitive pay and expansive benefits for its employees. Frito-Lay is also offering other enhanced benefits including a free “Healthy Living” well-being program and opportunities to further education.

"As a company, we know that we only achieve success if we always put our people first above all else. Our employees' wellbeing is critical to our day-to-day operations and our future growth, and we will continue to evolve with our employees at the center," said Patrick McLaughlin, senior vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer, Frito-Lay North America. "For more than 85 years, Frito-Lay has provided well-paying jobs to thousands of Americans and made countless contributions to the communities where our teams live and work."