Coca-Cola FEMSA – one of the pillars of Coca-Cola’s global bottling system – has opened a new plant on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia, that ranks as the bottler’s most efficient plant in the world.

Coca-Cola FEMSA invested $250 million in the plant. The facility, which is a major addition to the business landscape in Colombia, was celebrated at an inauguration ceremony on June 5 that included the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos.

The Coca-Cola system was represented by several senior leaders: Jose Antonio Fernandez, president of FEMSA Management Council; Carlos Salazar, FEMSA General Director; John Anthony Santa Maria, Coca-Cola FEMSA General Director; and Alfredo Rivera, president of Coca-Cola Latin Center.

“This is what we want in Colombia,” President Santos said. “Individuals like Jose Antonio Fernandez, who believe in our country, and who not only say it or express it but make it real through investments like this.”

President Santos thanked Coca-Cola FEMSA and the company for the system’s role in Colombia. “We want you to continue doing more and more business,” he said. “If you do well, the country does well, too. We generate more jobs, more prosperity.”

President Santos said the government is working to support foreign investment in Colombia, including construction of new, improved roads and investments in 58 airports across the country.

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President Santos also refuted a news report that said the government was considering a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. “I want you to rest assured that no one is thinking right now on a new tax reform,” he said.

Coca-Cola FEMSA’s new bottling plant is in Tocancipá. It was built with sustainability in mind, including new technologies that save water and reduce the use of electricity. The bottler employs 9,000 people in Colombia and has seven bottling plants.

In line with the system’s goal to benefit communities where we do business and as part of the new bottling plant opening, Coca-Cola FEMSA committed to invest $1 million in the development of the Tocancipá area, including in water; sustainable packaging; active, healthy living; and education.