New York Home to PepsiCo’s New Yogurt Manufacturing Facility in New York

Aug. 2, 2012
With venture partner Theo Muller Group, Pepsic Co makes first entry into U.S. dairy aisles.

PepsiCo, Inc, in a joint venture with the Theo Müller Group is building a new yogurt manufacturing plant in Batavia, New York. About 180 new jobs will be created.

The region is one of the nation's most concentrated milk-producing and processing regions.

Muller Quaker Dairy LLC, the joint venture company, entered the U.S. dairy market last month making the first entry by both PepsiCo and Müller into U.S. dairy aisles. The U.S. market, which is currently less than half of Europe, is expected to increase over the next few years, according to data from Euromonitor.

“This new international partnership's commitment to New York sends a message to businesses across the country and around the world that New York State is a place where businesses can thrive,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday during the signing of a ceremonial steel beam at the site location.

In addition to building the Batavia facility, Muller Quaker Dairy will source its milk supply from U.S. dairy farmers, with the majority coming from New York State and Northeast region dairy farms.

About the Author

Adrienne Selko | Senior Editor

Focus: Workforce, Talent 

Follow Me on Twitter: @ASelkoIW

Bio: Adrienne Selko has written about many topics over the 17 years she has been with the publication and currently focuses on workforce development strategies. Previously Adrienne was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck? which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics and EHS Today

Editorial mission statement: Manufacturing is the enviable position of creating products, processes and policies that solve the world’s problems. When the industry stepped up to manufacture what was necessary to combat the pandemic, it revealed its true nature. My goal is to showcase the sector’s ability to address a broad range of workforce issues including technology, training, diversity & inclusion, with a goal of enticing future generations to join this amazing sector.

Why I find manufacturing interesting: On my first day working for a company that made medical equipment such as MRIs, I toured the plant floor. On every wall was a photo of a person, mostly children. I asked my supervisor why this was the case and he said that the work we do at this company has saved these people’s lives. “We never forget how important our work is and everyone’s contribution to that.” From that moment on I was hooked on manufacturing.

I have talked with many people in this field who have transformed their own career development to assist others. For example, companies are hiring those with disabilities, those previously incarcerated and other talent pools that have been underutilized. I have talked with leaders who have brought out the best in their workforce, as well as employees doing their best work while doing good for the world. 

Sponsored Recommendations

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of IndustryWeek, create an account today!