PepsiCo helps provide 28K pounds of food in Philly, reduces water use by 26 percent

To help 800 in-need Philadelphia families entering the new school year, PepsiCo teamed up with Feed the Children for the third time last month to provide a week’s supply of food and essentials. Each qualified family received a 25-pound box of food, a 10-pound box of essentials, Aquafina water bottles and children’s books, as well as other food items. Twenty-five percent of Philadelphia residents live below the poverty line.

PepsiCo provided food in partnership with Feed the Children to more than 100,000 U.S. families total for the start of this school year.

PepsiCo also announced it had exceeded its global water stewardship goals by reducing its operational water usage by 26 percent — beyond the previous goal of 20 percent. Between 2011 and 2015, the PepsiCo Foundation partnerships provided a total of $80 million in water conservation cost savings.

The company also has now helped a total of 9 million people in water-stressed communities have safe access to water since 2006, exceeding its original goal by more than 3 million.

PepsiCo’s global water efforts are part of the company’s broader commitment to Performance with Purpose, a fundamental belief that business success is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around us. For more on PepsiCo sustainability efforts, visit www.howwillwe.com.

Australian food and beverage processing market sees one-year low

August food and beverage production in Australia reached its lowest point in over a year as the Australian Industry Group’s Performance of Manufacturing (Ai Group) Index dropped 9.5 points to 46.9. The Ai Group blamed a downturn in food and beverage demand, which had grown over the last 13 months. Most other manufacturing industry sectors in Australia also production and stocks fall in August as well.

OSHA fines Alabama meat plant $76K over serious employee injury

Keystone Foods, a meat processing plant in Bakershill, Alabama, received $76,734 in proposed penalties from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a plant employee cut off the tip of his index finger. The injury occurred while the 65-year-old man cleaned an overhead saw blade.

The company, based in Pennsylvania, was cited for unguarded platforms, saws and other machinery, lacking safety mechanisms for cleaning, workers without eye protection, and ammonia placement and release issues, among others. Keystone, which produces fresh and frozen poultry, beef, fish and pork, was given 15 days to contest or comply with findings.