PepsiCo is in talks to build a beverages plant in the Russian city of Novosibirsk

PepsiCo is in talks to build a beverages plant in the Russian city of Novosibirsk

PepsiCo has confirmed that it is in discussions to build a soft drinks production facility and logistics centre in the Russian city of Novosibirsk.

The facility will be used for the production of juices and other beverages, a spokesperson for PepsiCo Russia told just-drinks today (1 September). The new plant would build on the investment that PepsiCo has already made in northern Russia.

In 2008, PepsiCo acquired Novosibirsk drinks manufacturer Sobol-Aqua for around US$70m and, in 2011, the soft drinks giant became the owner of a Siberian dairy factory through its acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann.

Novosibirsk is the largest city in Siberia, with a population if around 1.5m people. PepsiCo believes the location of Novosibirsk allows it to reach other large cities within the region easily, and so is an ideal location for a facility.

"Recently we had a very productive discussion on the further investments and constructions in the region with regional government," a spokesperson told just-drinks. "In due course we will disclose more detailed plans but we think it will be a large juices and beverages plant."

PepsiCo declined to disclose any financial details on the potential investment.