New Delhi: The government on Saturday cleared a proposal of the US-based soft drinks major Pepsico Holdings Pvt Ltd to inject additional equity of $200 million (around Rs930 crore) into its Indian arm within three years.
A few month ago the company had announced plans to pump in $200 million in 2010 on expanding manufacturing capacity, market infrastructure, supply chain and R&D.
The investment, approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs at its meeting here, would take Pepsico’s total FDI into the country to $655 million.
The company had said of the planned $220 million investments, $170 million will be from Pepsico while $50 million would come from its bottling partners.
The approval is to invest the money within three years but the company has plans to spend it within a year.
“This is by far the largest investment made by the company... in a single year since its entry into India,” PepsiCo India chairman and CEO Sanjeev Chadha had said in a recent interview.
The $200 million is part of PepsiCo’s $500-million investment plans, spread over three years, announced by the company’s India-born global head Indra Nooyi during her visit to the country last year.
Pepsico, which held its high-profile global board meeting in India in November, had announced that it would triple its business in country every five years.