Casa Grande, Arizona, is a pleasant city of about 50,000 that is halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. Like much of Arizona, the town has little water, a lot of sun, and has exploded in population growth--in fact, the number of people living in Casa Grande has doubled in size since 2000. If any large manufacturing city should achieve “off the grid” status, it would be a food processing facility in Arizona.
Frito-Lay claims that they have almost hit that off-the-grid milestone. Today, the chip king shows off its renovated Casa Grande facility, which will churn out everything from Doritos to Fritos. Frito-Lay’s definition of “near net zero” means that the factory will run of mostly renewable energy, operate significantly with recycled water, and will send almost no waste to the landfill.
The plant’s rebirth is the result of newer technologies and updated design. Here’s how the Frito-Lay plant will run differently from similar food processing plants:
Overall, two-thirds of the plant’s energy will come from renewable energy sources, and will result in an overall decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent. With this shift, Frito-Lay will join other large food companies like Kraft and Campbell Soup Company that have been integrating sustainability into their overall strategies.
Photos courtesy of Frito-Lay.
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Leon Kaye has written for TriplePundit since 2010, and became its Executive Editor in 2018. He's based in Fresno, CA, from where he happily explores California’s stellar Central Coast and the national parks in the Sierra Nevadas. He's lived in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay, and has traveled to over 70 countries. He's an alum of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Southern California.