Less than a year after Constellation Brands announced an investment to increase the production of its brewery in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora to 3.5 million hectoliters, the company has announced that it is preparing another expansion with which the capacity of said plant will become more than double, with 8.3 million hectoliters per year.
On this occasion, the New York-based producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits will invest US$ 900 million to produce more beer from the brands Corona, Victoria and Modelo, announced Daniel Baima, president of Constellation Brands in Mexico.
In 2013 Grupo Modelo passed its portfolio to Constellations Brands to market its beers in the United States, as part of a measure imposed by the U.S. antitrust regulators to approve the purchase of Grupo Modelo by AB InBev.
"The first Corona beers that were sold in the United States in 1986 were produced in this plant. It has been 32 years since that date and last year Constellation Brands sold 264 million cartons of beer in the United States," said Baima during the announcement.
Last October, the company announced an investment of US$ 160 million in this same plant to increase production from 2.5 to 3.5 million hectoliters, with the intention of meeting the demand for Corona Extra, Modelo Especial and Pacifico beers.
Today the company has invested a little more than US$ 4 billion in the country aiming to producing 41 million hectoliters in 2022. As part of this program, Constellation Brands acquired a plant in Nava, Coahuila, which is currently working to increase its capacity from 10 million to 27.5 million hectoliters, at the same time that another Mexicali plant is under construction with a planned capacity of 5 million hectoliters by 2019.
The conference was attended by Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo, who said that the investment in the brewing plants exceeded US$ 8 billion during the current administration with the construction of the plants in Yucatan and Hidalgo by Grupo Modelo and the Chihuahua brewery by Heineken Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, as well as the expansion of the plant in Nava, Coahuila.