MEXICO – Arca Continental, a Mexican beverage manufacturing and distribution company, has made plans to invest US$250 million to build a new distribution and production facility in Houston through its subsidiary Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages (CCSWB).

According to FoodBev, the company said that the 1 million-square-foot facility will be the first dedicated Coca-Cola production facility built in the US in over a decade.

The new plant will feature five production lines, in-line blow moulding, distribution facilities, a warehouse and a sales department, and is scheduled to begin operations in 2020.

Arca also added that the facility will allow CCSWB to effectively serve its client base in Southeast Texas, and will provide US$30 million in cost savings due to the facility’s efficient new equipment.

“This significant investment confirms Arca Continental’s commitment for the sustainable value-creation in all the markets we serve.

It is a reflection of the confidence in our company’s ability to continue perfecting its performance, serving its customers with excellence and anticipating the needs of consumers,” said Manuel L. Barragan Morales, chairman of the Board of Directors of Arca Continental.

Francisco Garza Egloff, CEO of Arca Continental added: “The productivity, efficiency and sustainability that this new plant will bring to beverage production in the US Coca-Cola system confirms our company’s determination to improve its competitiveness, enhance service at the point of sale and expand our portfolio for the communities we serve in Texas, Oklahoma, some parts of Arkansas and New Mexico, always in a profitable and sustainable way.”