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    Food City, Pepsi Bottling Join to Save Fuel, Improve Air Quality

    The chain and bottler will collaborate on a backhauling strategy.

    Abingdon, Va.-based K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. and the Pepsi Bottling Co. of Knoxville have teamed to reduce fuel consumption and lessen emissions from trucks traveling to and from Knoxville to Abingdon, with backhauling as a major part of the strategy.

    In the new agreement, Food City trucks will backhaul Pepsi Bottling products from Knoxville to the bottler's Johnson City, Tenn. distribution facility.

    In the past, Food City trucks have left the company's warehouse in Abingdon to deliver groceries to 50 area company stores each day, and then headed north empty. At the same time, Pepsi Bottling Company trucks delivered product daily to Johnson City, and then headed back empty to Knoxville.

    The change will save 2,000 miles, normally driven every week or roughly 104,000 fewer miles per year. More than 17,300 gallons of diesel fuel will be saved annually with the agreement.

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