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New Frito Lay plant in the works for India?

According to a report published today by the Odisha Sun Times in India, PepsiCo is planning to build a potato processing plant in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. PepsiCo is reportedly going to establish a potato chip production unit in the city of Koraput, the headquarters of Koraput district. According to the report, an MoU will be signed between the Odisha State government and PepsiCo soon.

The government in Odisha started producing the ‘Chipsona’ potato variety (a chipping variety) on a trial basis in the state on about 800 hectares. The key feature of Chipsona is that it will be produced in the kharif season instead of the rabi season and the hilly area of Koraput district is suitable for producing the potato variety [the Indian cropping season is classified into two main seasons – Kharif and Rabi, based on the monsoon. The kharif cropping season is from July –October during the south-west monsoon and the Rabi cropping season is from October-March (winter). The crops grown between March and June are considered summer crops].

According to the Odisha Sun Times report, the sweets and snacks manufacturer Haldiram is also in the chips manufacturing sector, especially if the Chipsona variety will be successful in Koraput. Apart from the, the government is also planning to produce another variety of potato called as ‘Ashok’ in the State. (Odisha Sun Times report)