Mexico's Coca-Cola FEMSA said it broke ground on a $200 million bottling plant in Tocancipa, a city in central Colombia.
The new plant will be in operation in late 2014, the Mexican corporation, considered the world's largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola products in terms of sales volume, said.
The bottling plant is in Parque Industrial FEMSA, "the first cluster for non-alcoholic beverages in the country," the company said.
The plant "will feature state-of-the-art design and technology, and will be considered green because it will have the highest sustainability standards," Coca-Cola FEMSA said.
"In starting construction of the plant, we are reiterating our commitment to participating in the development of the country, we ratify the links of reciprocity that allow us to promote new investments that create economic, social and environmental value for Colombians," FEMSA CEO Jose Antonio Fernandez said.
The new bottling plant will create 150 direct jobs and other indirect jobs, Coca-Cola FEMSA said.
The company currently has bottling plants in Bogota, Medellin, Bucaramanga, Barranquilla, Cali and La Calera.
Coca-Cola FEMSA is a unit of Fomento Economico Mexicano, a conglomerate that also owns FEMSA Comercio, the operator of more than 10,600 OXXO convenience stores, FEMSA Empaques and FEMSA Logistica.
FEMSA has a 20 percent stake in Dutch brewing giant Heineken Group. EFE