Coca-Cola FEMSA has signed a deal with Electronic Data Systems to grow IT services and support company expansion plans.

The Mexican company confirmed yesterday (30 April) that is has signed a three-and-a-half year contract extension for delivery of IT services with EDS.

"EDS knows our industry and business well and, with its strong presence across the region, we can remain focused on providing beverages to the people of Latin America while EDS helps manage these important IT functions," said Coca Cola FEMSA chief information officer Hector Calva.

The agreement covers Coca-Cola FEMSA's Latin American operations in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina.

EDS vice president of global consumer industries and retail Mike Klaus said: "As in any industry, the best way to effectively manage growth is to establish standard procedures while leveraging best practices to continually improve productivity and avoid redundant administrative and operating costs."

Coca-Cola FEMSA produces and distributes Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Lift and other  Coca-Cola Co. beverages in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.