The investments are part of a long-term plan to develop the Atlanta-based company’s operations in Latin America and are in addition to the $5bn it has invested since 2004 in Mexico.

The $200m factory, which has been built by Coca-Cola and its Mexican partner Coca-Cola Femsa SAB, will produce a brand of juices called Jugos del Valle.

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Earlier this year, Coca-Cola announced that it is also making a record increase in its investments in Brazil, where it is expected to invest $764m into the country in 2009 with the construction of two new manufacturing and bottling plants.

Cecile Sourbes