19 Apr '11, 5pm

PepsiCo's Water-Saving Mission Flows Beyond Its Factories

PepsiCo's Water-Saving Mission Flows Beyond Its Factories

When it comes to water issues, PepsiCo 's fizzy drinks tend to get all the attention. But the company is also a huge manufacturer of snack foods. Its food operations, PepsiCo is finding, offer huge potential to save water -- including going "off the water grid." At a UK factory that makes Walkers potato chips -- or "crisps," as the locals prefer -- PepsiCo is exploring the possibility that the potatoes themselves could yield enough water to operate the factory. Potatoes offer a unique opportunity to turn off the taps, PepsiCo's plant managers have recognized. When raw spuds arrive at the loading dock, they're about 80 percent water by volume. Indeed, the biggest challenge in making chips crispy is extracting all that water. As the thinly sliced spuds pass through the deep fryer, a thick fog of steam rises from the oil's surface, as the water steams off. Instead of letting ...

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