Grupo Schincariol is set to up its beer production capacity in Brazil going forward, according to local reports.

The Brazilian brewer and soft drinks manufacturer will spend in the region of BRL1bn (US$572.6m) on upping capacity next year, Latin America News Digest claimed late last week. Schincariol is set to open its 13th unit in the north-eastern state of Ceara early next year, the news agency said, which would have a 2bn-litre annual capacity.

The group is also looking to buy or construct another plant in the south-west of the country.

Schincariol is the second largest brewer in Brazil after AmBev.