Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC, the third-largest bottler of PepsiCo products in the United States, will spend $25 million on new plastics processing equipment for its Raleigh headquarters plant to save on shipping costs.
Raleigh's The News & Observer reported June 23 that PBV is buying bottle blow molding equipment. The company estimates making bottles on-site will eliminate more than 600,000 miles of annual shipping traffic.
Company officials did not return calls seeking comment.
PBV recently took measures to make the plant more environmentally friendly by reducing water and power consumption.
In 2007, the firm which distributes Pepsi soft drinks, Aquafina bottled water and other products in six states announced it would spend $75,000 over three years to pay producers of renewable energy to make clean electricity to offset power the company uses at its operations.