December 23, 2011

Facts: Frito Lay

  • In 2010, the Frito Lay Factory in Perry, Georgia received a gold certificate from the US Green Building Council for the environmentally friendly nature of its production facilities.

  • Less than 1% of the Perry factory’s solid waste goes in landfill sites.

  • The Frito Lay Company is the product of two companies that united in 1961: The Frito Company and the H. W. Lay Company.

  • The Perry, Georgia factory is one of Frito Lay’s largest production facilities - it spans almost one million square feet.

  • Frito Lay exports its products to 79 countries.

  • The Perry, Georgia facility is efficient – potatoes arrive at the facility and are bagged as chips within six to eight hours.

  • The Perry, Georgia facility cooks around one million pounds of potatoes every day.

  • The potatoes used for Frito Lay’s potato chips are harvested from over 80 farms scattered across the USA.

  • An average of 175,000 boxes of chips leave the Perry facility every day.

  • Frito Lay employs over 48,000 people. Around 1400 of these people work at the Perry, Georgia facility.

  • Every year over 300 million metric tons of potatoes are grown in around 150 countries worldwide.

  • China is the world’s biggest potato producer, but other leading potato growing nations include Russia, the Ukraine, India and the United States of America.

  • During the Irish Potato famine of 1845 and 1849, around one million people died of starvation, typhus and other famine related diseases.

  • As well as for potato chips, potatoes are also a staple ingredient in products as diverse as flour and vodka.

  • The potato arrived in Europe, from South America, some time between 1565 and 1573.

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