San Miguel has begun construction of a new non-alcoholic beverage manufacturing facility in south China. The Philippine food and beverage conglomerate broke ground on the facility today.

San Miguel is investing US$45m in the new facility, located in Shunde in Guangdong province. It is expected to be operational by the third quarter of next year.

The investment is part of the company's five-year overseas expansion in seven countries, including Australia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The new facility in Shunde will be San Miguel's seventh in China and will produce bottled water and fruit drinks.