Coca-Cola FEMSA will build the plant in the state of Minas Gerais

Coca-Cola FEMSA will build the plant in the state of Minas Gerais

Coca-Cola FEMSA is to build a US$146m bottling plant in Brazil, according to reports.

Latin America's largest Coca-Cola bottler is to build the plant in the state of Minas Gerais in a bid to meet surging demand, Bloomberg reported today (5 May). The facility is expected to have an annual production capacity of around 2.1bn litres by 2015.

Coca-Cola FEMSA could not be reached for confirmation.

Last week, the company's CEO, Carlos Salazar Lomelin, told analysts that it plans to expand capacity and improve efficiency in Brazil in order to satisfy rising demand and offset rising costs.

Lomelin said, "there is a lot of work to do in Brazil" as a result of capacity constraints in the country. The soft drinks bottler is hoping for 5% to 6% volume sales growth in the country in 2011.