Mexican soft drinks bottler Embotelladoras Arca plans to invest in the construction of a new bottled water plant, according to reports.

Citing Arca CEO Francisco Garza Egloff, Latin America News Digest reported yesterday (23 July) that the company plans to invest MXN40m (US$3.71m) in the new plant in Monterrey, northern Mexico.

Egloff added that the plant is expected to begin production in the second half of 2008.

Arca, which bottles Coca-Cola products as well as its own and third-party brands, was formed in 2001 through the merger of three of the oldest bottlers in Mexico.