PepsiCo has closed the manufacturing lines at one of its bottling plant in the US, resulting in the loss of 77 jobs.

The US drinks giant, which closed the lines at the facility in Hampden, Baltimore, yesterday (10 January), said the decision was down to a need to control costs. PepsiCo said the 318 current warehouse and sales roles will remain in Baltimore.

"Like every business, we continually work to align our production capacity with our business needs," the company said.

"This has led us to make a difficult but necessary decision. While the decision to close the manufacturing line was not easy - nor made without considerable thought for our employees - it is necessary to control costs for our customers and consumers and strengthen our core operations, which will continue to provide good employment opportunities in the area."