The Czech branch of PepsiCo, the world’s leading maker of beverages and food has launched a new regular train line in the summer to transport its soft drinks produced in the Prague plant. On the Hungarian market every week, the train carries twenty wagons of goods weighing around 1000 tons. According to the company’s management, it is a response to the growth in sales of its beverages and export markets. At the same time new train line promises more efficient management of the distribution of large-scale supplies of goods.
PepsiCo has been dispatching trains with a load of soft drinks regularly since early summer. The train set is exceptional not only in terms of the weight of the transported goods but also in the terms of the length of its route among the domestic producers of non-alcoholic beverages. The 600 km long route runs across three countries: the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
“The transport of our products by rail enables us to effectively meet rising demand in one of our important export markets. In Hungary, sales of our key Pepsi brand increase by twenty-five percent,” said Josef Neumann, CEO of PepsiCo CR.
Loading takes place at the distribution center in Hostivař. The company invested more than CZK 8 million to establish and modernize the center which has been fully operational since this year. “The train goes from Prague-Hostivař railway station to the Budapest-Kikötö Ferroport destination in Hungary, where the transfer takes place at the local docking station and then follows the final transfer delivery of goods to the warehouses of Pepsi Hungary,” said Václav Pavlík, PepsiCo CR Logistics Manager.
By the end of this year, PepsiCo will dispatch a total of twenty trains, including more than twenty wagons. There are up to sixty pallets in one wagon. The train carries a cargo of 1000 tons. By rail this year, the company will export 20,000 tons of its beverage to the Hungarian market. The introduction of the train line is therefore also a relief for the currently reconstructed D1 motorway. Just this year the train line will replace 800 trucks (in both directions 1600).
“Rail transport is, by itself, more environmentally friendly than road transport. We also consider this way of transportation as an economically competitive one, whose importance will grow in the future,” added Josef Neumann, CEO of PepsiCo CR.
Rail transport for bottled water Toma
This year, the company also more than tripled the capacity of its already operating tram line for the transport of bottled spring water Toma. It is drew and bottled in without any additional modifications in Teplice nad Metují, from an underground source in the Broumovsko Protected Landscape Area.
From the production plant in Teplice nad Metují are newly dispatched up to 100 wagons of bottled water Toma monthly. Three quarters of the load is destined for the Czech market and the remaining quarter is transferred to the company’s plant in Malacky, Slovakia. The company has been using the railway for the transport of water Toma from Teplice nad Metují for more than 10 years.
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