Frito Chip Plant Expands in Fort Bend – Deal Follows Major Cheetos Project

ROSENBERG, Texas – (Realty News Report) The Frito-Lay snack factory in Fort Bend County – already the largest snack manufacturing plant in the Lone Star State – is expanding with a $200 million addition.

The good news is the new plant will provide the world with even more tortilla chips and Funyuns snacks and do it faster. (In case you are behind the times, Funyuns are “a deliciously different snack that’s fun to eat, with a crisp texture and zesty onion flavor,” Frito-Lay says.

The major expansion at the Frito-Lay factory in Rosenberg, which is Houston’s southwestern suburbs, will also create 160 new jobs, says the Fort Bend Economic Development Council.

117 Million Pounds of Snacks Produced Annually

The existing Frito-Lay factory in Rosenberg employs more than 750 full-time plant and fleet associates and produces more than 117 million pounds of snacks annually.

“We’ve called Rosenberg home for nearly 40 years. Throughout that time, the support of Fort Bend County has helped us invest in the right areas so that we can continue to grow and provide jobs to the community,” said Laura Maxwell, senior vice president of supply chain, PepsiCo Foods North America. “The Rosenberg site has the largest footprint of any Frito-Lay facility in Texas, producing snacks for Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas and Georgia, and several other parts of the country when we hit times of peak demand. We thank Fort Bend County for bringing investments like this to life.”

Follows New Cheetos Production Expansion

This is the second investment Frito-Lay has made since 2019 to the Rosenberg site when the company announced a $138 million investment that added a new Cheetos line, new seasoning and packaging equipment and a warehouse expansion, set to be complete late 2021.

“Frito-Lay has been a long-time partner in Fort Bend County, coming to Rosenberg in 1982 with about 100 employees,” said Vincent M. Morales, Jr., commissioner, Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Office, Precinct One. “They have expanded in Rosenberg over the years, choosing to grow their footprint in our community, and now have more than 700 employees – and that number will go up with this latest expansion. They are active corporate citizens, and one of our larger employers. We are proud of our partnership with Frito-Lay and thank them for their investment in Fort Bend.”

Frito-Lay, which is part of PepsiCo, also partners with Feed the Children. The program provided donations to five Houston-area high schools during the 2020-2021 school year, supplementing 33,000 meals and providing monthly deliveries of other items such as school supplies, snacks, books, hand sanitizer and personal care items.

PepsiCo products are consumed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $70 billion in net revenue in 2020, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana and SodaStream.

In a way, the Frito-Lay expands helps Fort Bend County to counterbalance the recent loss of the Minute Maid corporate headquarters in Sugar Land. Minute Maid’s offices have been located in the Houston since 1967. Minute Maid, which is part of Coca-Cola, moved its HQ to Atlanta. JLL is subleasing the juice maker’s office space – a total of 41,114 SF in the Sugar Land Town Square.

June 9, 2021 Realty News Report Copyright 2021

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James June 14, 2021 at 8:15 am

Glad to see frito lay can afford this.

Realty News Report June 16, 2021 at 1:49 am

Such a wonderful thing


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