AmBev builds new bottle plant in Rio de Janeiro

Brewer Companhia de Bebidas das Amricas (AmBev) has started building a plant on the East side of Rio de Janeiro to manufacture 635-milliliter longneck glass beer bottles. The investment in the new pla…

Brewer Companhia de Bebidas das Amricas (AmBev) has started building a plant on the East side of Rio de Janeiro to manufacture 635-milliliter longneck glass beer bottles. The investment in the new plant is BRL 160 million (USD 74.7 million), of which BRL 130 million (USD 60.7 million) will be spent on equipment. It is expected to begin operating in July 2007. According to the president of the AmBev board of directors Victorio Carlos De Marchi, the site was chosen for its proximity to the biggest AmBev brewery, which bottles 22 million hectoliters a year. The bottle production plant is being built on land that AmBev already has at Campo Grande (Rio de Janeiro). “We are building the factory to develop expertise on the cost of manufacturing bottles”, said De Marchi. The new plant will meet half of the Rio brewery“s demand for bottles, some 450 million units a year. It also will give the company capacity to meet additional demand in the peak summer months. AmBev already controls part of the production of its PET plastic bottles, cans, bottle caps, malt, guaran extract and seeds; this is its first venture into glass bottles.