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Coca-Cola Femsa opens $500m bottling facilities in Brazil and Colombia

DBR Staff Writer Published 15 June 2015

In a major expansion drive, Coca-Cola Femsa, the franchise bottler of Coca-Cola products, has launched $500m new bottling facilities in Brazil and Colombia.

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Built to leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) certification standards, the facilities feature energy co-generation systems as well as latest technology to enable efficient use of energy and water.

Coca-Cola Femsa CEO John Santa Maria said: "Through these investments, we reaffirm our commitment with the continuous generation of economic, social and environmental value in Brazil and Colombia.

"With the help and support of the authorities and communities where we have built these state-of-the-art plants, our team's hard work and commitment has made it possible to equip these facilities with the most advanced technology available in the beverage industry in order to implement the most innovative and sustainable production processes."

The company invested $258m to construct the plant of Itabirito, Minas Gerais, Brazil, with annual production capacity of approximately 370 million unit cases. This facility is expected to create more than 600 jobs.

The $219m Coca-Cola FEMSA's plant in Tocancipá, Colombia, has an annual production capacity of approximately 130 million unit cases, and is expected to create about 450 jobs.

"Going forward, we are certain that Colombia and Brazil represent a solid investment platform, with attractive growth potential and an opportunity to better serve 119 million consumers in these two countries." Maria noted.

Coca-Cola Femsa has 64 bottling facilities and employs more than 120,000 people worldwide, serving more than 351 million consumers through more than 2,800,000 retailers.


Image: Coca-Cola Femsa is the public bottler of Coca-Cola products. Photo: courtesy of The Coca-Cola Company.