Pepsi Beverages Company (PBC) has invested nearly $10m in its New York, US bottling facility on a new plastic bottle project.

As part of the project, the company replaced merchant-supplied bottles with energy-efficient, onsite, plastic bottle production.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) granted $286,000 to PBC for the project, under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative.

Empire State Development Capital Region regional director Jessica Gabriel said Governor Cuomo’s initiative has been instrumental in growing business and supporting its communities through a face changing approach to economic development that facilitates each New York State region to invest in its own economic destiny.

"The Capital Region Economic Development Council recognised the importance and impact that the Pepsi Beverages Company project would have on the region as it is not only creating jobs in the area, but also developing a more energy efficient bottling production process that will enable this facility to remain competitive," Gabriel said.

PBC is using energy efficient blow moulding equipment at the bottling plant, which is expected to reduce its annual energy use by more than 2.4 million kilowatt hours.

As the bottles no longer need to be transported to the Latham facility, and bottle handling and preparation at the plant is reduced it, causes additional energy costs to be cut down.

Plant officials say that the change in manufacturing process was a key move for the plant.

NYSERDA president and CEO Francis Murray Jr, commenting on the project, said, "I congratulate Pepsi Beverages Company for making this commitment to investing in energy efficiency measures that reduce its energy use and provide environmental benefits at the same time."