Latin American bottler Coca-Cola Femsa has invested more than $250m in the construction of a new bottling plant in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais – the company’s ninth facility in the South American country.
It has invested $258m in the plant in Itabirito, 25 miles south of the city of Belo Horizonte. The facility will initially house eight production lines, have an annual output of 2.1bn litres of soft drink and be capable of producing 2,000 cans per minute. The total area of the site is 65,000 square metres.
Complete with a system for the harvesting of rainwater, the new site will also boost Coca-Cola Femsa’s sustainable credentials. In Itabirito, the company will combine technologies for energy efficiency, water treatment and solar power generation.
Coca-Cola Femsa CEO John Santa María said: “We are proud to open our green plant in Itabirito, thus reaffirming the importance of the Brazilian market to Coca-Cola Femsa. Today in this country, we are present in more than six states and have 328,000 points of service, 72m customers and serve over 1,750 municipalities and 30% of the cities across the country.
“This new plant in Brazil ranks as the number one for Coca-Cola Femsa and as the second largest in the world for our company.”