Coca-Cola Femsa has invested an estimated $500m in the construction of new bottling facilities in Brazil and Colombia.

The company has built the plants according to LEED certification standards with latest technologies for the efficient use of energy and water and the use of energy co-generation systems.

Around $258m were invested in the Brazil plant located in Itabirito, Minas Gerais, Brazil, the construction of which was started in 2012. The plant has an annual production capacity of 370 million unit cases and is expected to generate more than 600 direct and indirect jobs.

The construction on the plant in Columbia was started in 2013 and was completed in February. Located in Tocancipá, the plant is likely to generate around 450 direct and indirect jobs with an annual production capacity of 130 million unit cases.

Coca-Cola Femsa CEO John Santa Maria said: "Through these investments, we reaffirm our commitment with the continuous generation of economic, social and environmental value in Brazil and Colombia.

"With the help and support of the authorities and communities where we have built these state-of-the-art plants, our team’s hard work and commitment has made it possible to equip these facilities with the most advanced technology available in the beverage industry in order to implement the most innovative and sustainable production processes.

"Going forward, we are certain that Colombia and Brazil represent a solid investment platform, with attractive growth potential and an opportunity to better serve 119 million consumers in these two countries."