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SunChips Solar Coming-Out Party

sun_chips_solar2.jpgFrito-Lay is planning a major ad campaign to tout that one of the factories that makes SunChips is powered by the sun. A field of solar concentrators at Frito-Lay’s Modesto, Calif. manufacturing facility will go online April 21, one day before Earth Day.

It’s not Frito-Lays first solar move. Last October, it completed installation of its planned solar electric power system on the roof of its Arizona Service Center, the company’s largest U.S. distribution center.

For SunChips solar debut, Frito-Lay has already rolled out national print, online and television advertising.

sunchips_ad1.jpgGet this, SunChips will run a solar-powered print ad in newspapers across the country on Earth Day itself. If you hold it up to the sun, some kind of Cracker Jack secret decoder ring science reveals a secret message. In Modesto, a solar-powered billboard will reveal a SunChips message by casting a shadow that changes the look of the outdoor billboard as the sun tracks across the sky.

The new SunChips brand advertising and Website were created by Juniper Park, Toronto, and OMD in New York is
handling media buys.

The New York Times covered some of this last week.

SunChips features the Center for Resource Solutions’ Green-e symbol on its packaging, indicating the purchase of RECs. The RECs are part of last year’s PepsiCo purchase.

Frito-Lay isn’t just interested in the sun either. It’s planning to make its Casa Grande plant a net zero facility.

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2 thoughts on “SunChips Solar Coming-Out Party

  1. It’s a good example to other businesses–and very timely as well. When other companies are stressing from wildly escalating fuel prices, SunChips is now reaping the benefit of their solar investment (even though it might have been a substantial outlay initially). Now that fuel has zoomed upwards, their savings and Return on Investment (ROI) will come more quickly. Bravo to SunChips! Let’s see more of this!

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