PepsiCo will expand SodaStream plant in southern Israel
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PepsiCo will expand SodaStream plant in southern Israel

The $92 million expansion will enable the plant to hire 1,000 more workers

Women working at SodaStream's factory in Rahat on May 27, 2019. (courtesy SodaStream)
Women working at SodaStream's factory in Rahat on May 27, 2019. (courtesy SodaStream)

PepsiCo, which acquired the Israeli home soda maker manufacturer SodaStream last year, is planning to expand the company’s plant in southern Israel.

The $92 million expansion will enable the plant to hire 1,000 more workers.

Located in an industrial park near Rahat, the plant currently employs 1,500 people. Bedouin Arabs from the surrounding area make up one-third of the workforce. Seventy-four of the employees are West Bank Palestinians who worked at SodaStream when the factory was based in the West Bank. It closed under international pressure.

PepsiCo acquired SodaStream for $3.2 billion in August 2018.

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