PepsiCo Beverages North America has inaugurated a new $14.5 million sales and distribution centre in Indianapolis, which it claims unlocks new distribution routes and capabilities.

Located on the southeast side of Indianapolis, the facility spans 200,000 square feet and features new technology and delivery systems that allow for new chilled, direct-to-store delivery.

According to PepsiCo, the new technology will help unlock 150 new routes for delivery which will enhance its service to customers in the region and reduce transport miles, and in turn, its overall carbon footprint.

The announcement comes after PepsiCo launched two online direct-to-consumer stores in the US, allowing consumers to order a range of PepsiCo snack and drink products directly from the company, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The custom-built facility, which is said to have created 30 new jobs, joins 15 other PepsiCo manufacturing and distribution locations in Indiana.

The $14.5 million investment by Scannell Properties, will be leased by P-America LLC, a subsidiary of PepsiCo Beverages North America, for a period of 10 years.

“The innovative new facility will be instrumental in our path to continued growth for our business and our customers’ business in Indiana,” said Richard Tompkins, president of PepsiCo Beverages North America’s north division.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett added: “We applaud PepsiCo’s announcement today, including the impact it will have on Indianapolis through the creation of new jobs and expansion of their local footprint.”

PepsiCo has also announced a $30,000 grant to the Gleaners Food Bank – Feeding America Program in Indiana, as part of its continued efforts to support those impacted by Covid-19.