A fixture in southern Alberta for more than 35 years, Frito Lay Canada continues to expand and improves its operations here. With a recent expansion to its Taber plant this year, the company is well positioned for future growth and new technologies, says Trevor Lewington, Western Canada planning manager for Frito Lay Canada. “We are continually reinvesting in our sites to ensure we maintain our leadership position in the market,” says Lewington.
The potato-based plant in Taber was originally built in 1973 under the name Diamond S Produce. It was destroyed by fire in 1982 and rebuilt on the same site. The site occupies just over five acres and the facility is about 70,000 square feet. Frito Lay Canada also operates a corn-based plant in Lethbridge, which was acquired in 1991. The facility and warehouse cover about 150,000 square feet, located on about 34 acres.
The company helps fuel the labour market in southern Alberta, as the Taber plant employs about 225 people, which includes production, administration and management, and the Lethbridge plant employs more than 300.
“Our operating philosophy is one of ‘continuous improvement,’” says Lewington. “Our teams are always looking for ways to improve the quality of our products and the efficiency of our processes.”
Lewington says that Frito Lay Canada is strongly committed to reducing its impact on the environment. “We have set specific goals for reducing our consumption of water, electricity and natural gas and rigorously track our progress against each objective,” he says. “There are long-term benefits to having a sustainability strategy – both for the business and the environment.”
This year Frito Lay Canada has been recognized for several awards. In February, the company received the Diversity Leadership Award from the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction for its Lethbridge plant.
Then in April, it received the Supply Chain and Logistics As sociat ion Canada Green Supply Chain Award, which is sponsored by Transport Canada. Recipients are selected on the basis of strong environmental leadership and their commitment to promoting green transportation standards.
Most recently, in June, Frito Lay Canada’s Lethbridge plant was chosen as the winner of the CCME (Council of Ministers of the Environment) Pollution and Prevention Award in the Medium Business category. Frito Lay Canada was selected for this award for significant and sustainable reductions in water and energy consumption.