Coca-Cola Femsa, the franchise bottler of Coca-Cola products, has launched new bottling facilities in Brazil and Colombia, which saw a combined investment of approximately $500m.
The $258m bottling plant in Itabirito, Minas Gerais, Brazil, has a capacity to manufacture close to 370 million unit cases annually.
The company invested $219m in its plant in Tocancipa, Colombia which has an annual production capacity of approximately 130 million unit cases.
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.
"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."
The plants in Brazil and Colombia will create close to 600 and 450 jobs, respectively.
These facilities with energy co-generation systems, as well as latest technology to enable efficient use of energy and water meet leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) certification standards.
Image: Coca-Cola Femsa is a franchise bottler of Coca-Cola products. Photo: courtesy of the Coca-Cola Company.