Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages (CCSWB), a subsidiary of Mexican business Arca Continental, has held a ground-breaking ceremony for its new production and distribution facility in Houston, Texas.

Business leaders were joined by federal, state and local authorities to celebrate the beginning of what is the first new Coca-Cola plant built in the US in a decade.

Arca was the first Latin American bottler to operate in the US Coca-Cola system and will invest $250 million in the facility, which is said to be one of the largest current investments in Texas by a Mexican company.

Upon completion of the project in the first quarter of 2020, the one million square feet facility will include five production lines, distribution, warehouse and sales facilities. It will serve the South East Texas market.

“Coca-Cola has been a part of the greater Houston community for more than 100 years,” said Mark Schortman, chief executive of CCSWB. “Since opening our first facility in 1902, consumer dynamics have changed and the population in the Houston metro area has increased tremendously. We need to expand and grow our production facility to invest in the future and provide our wide variety of beverages.”

Francisco Garza Egloff, chief executive of Arca Continental, added: “Since April 2017, when we integrated CCSWB into Arca Continental, we have focused our efforts on strengthening a sound growth platform for our customers, consumers, associates and communities. The projected investment for this facility reflects our long-term commitment with the values of our organisation, such as customer-centric market service, operational excellence, social responsibility and sustainability.”