Brazilian beer investmentThis article was originally published in Foodnews
AMBEV, a subsidiary of AB InBev, has announced it is to invest BRL160 million (USD100 million) to boost beer production by 35% at its brewery in Piraí, in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state. Vladimir Pekic writes: a new bottling plant with a capacity to fill 60 000 bottles per hour will be installed in Piraí for production of 600ml and 300ml units. Following this investment, AmBev will be able to produce 7.0 million hectolitres of beverages at the unit, which currently serves the markets of Rio, Minas Gerais and São Paulo. Rio de Janeiro is responsible for the production of 19% of AmBev's beer and 11% of its carbonated soft drinks in Brazil. The brewer controls three production plants in the state, one glass production plant and five direct distribution centres. Expansion works in Piraí were scheduled to start in late May. After the expansion is complete, AmBev will also expand the portfolio of the Piraí unit and 600 new jobs will be created. The investment is part of a much larger BRL2.5 billion package that AmBev will be investing in Brazil this year (FOODNEWS 4 March).