The site will distribute almost six million cases of beverages a year: including Pepsi, MTN Dew, Gatorade, bubly, Aquafina, and Pure Leaf.
The full-scale distribution center will create 50 new jobs, including product pickers (order fulfillment); forklift operators, CDL-A drivers, inventory specialists, and checkers. Products from the site will be distributed across 26 routes to customers in 28 counties, a capacity increase that will be felt throughout Gainesville, Rome, Athens, Stone Mountain, and Atlanta.
“This new facility is an integral next step in our recent expansion in the state of Georgia,” said Darcy Arata, Senior Vice President, Operations PBNA South Division. “Our Commerce facility will increase our capacity and productivity in the state, enabling PepsiCo to better service the needs of our customers across key counties in northern Georgia and give them the great beverages they love while creating job opportunities on the ground.”
PepsiCo currently employs 3,450 people across Georgia. Over three years, PBNA, through its operating subsidiaries, has committed $268m of capital in the State of Georgia.
Earlier this year it announced a $260m expansion of its manufacturing facility in the City of Tucker.