A Ambev inaugurated, this Tuesday (14), a new soft drink production line at the Camaçari-BA factory. R$75 million was invested in the project, which will increase the unit’s monthly production capacity from 450 thousand hectoliters to 550 thousand hectoliters. Present at the ceremony, Governor Jerônimo Rodrigues emphasized the economic relevance of the launch for the state, highlighting the partnership between the Bahian government and industry as a catalyst for social development and the local economy.
“I am very pleased to be here today, visiting these facilities to announce an expansion of investments in the soft drinks unit so that Ambev can supply the market. And now, just at the end of the year, holidays, summer, pre-arrival of carnival, the company is preparing to supply the market. It’s more jobs, more income for the municipality of Camaçari, for the state of Bahia”, celebrates the governor.
The Ambev unit in Camaçari supplies 11 states and is responsible for the production of Guaraná Antarctica, Pepsi, Sukita and Soda, in addition to the beers Antarctica, Original, Brahma, Brahma Duplo Malte, Skol, Skol Puro Malte and Bohemia. During the expansion of the line, 178 new jobs were directly created and an additional 36 people will be hired post-implementation.
“We believe a lot in Brazil and the Northeast and our presence in the state of Bahia has been long-standing. We want to be together in the development of the state and that is why we continue investing to generate growth in the region. This investment comes to guarantee the best experience for our customers and consumers, who will now have more options for our products”, says Jean Jereissati, CEO of Ambev.
The Secretary of State Economic Development (SDE), Angelo Almeida, highlights the importance of tax incentive programs and for attracting new investors to Bahia.
“We have two major agents for promoting and encouraging companies to attract to Bahia and also to expand accounts that are already in the state. One is Proind [Programa de Estímulo à Indústria do Estado da Bahia] and the other is Desenvolvimento [Programa de Desenvolvimento Industrial e de Integração Econômica]. In 2023, we are being considered a strong force in the search for these investments”, he says, adding: “I believe that 2024 will be an even better year due to the volume that is arriving. Here, Ambev, today, for example, is proof of this. It was a benefit from an expansion. They were able to adhere to Desenvolvimento, strengthening the benefit they have from the State to be able to produce more and generate more profit and more jobs, naturally”.
This same week, Ambev also announced an investment to expand premium beer production capacity at the Maranhão-MA factory, worth R$100 million, reinforcing the strategic importance of the Northeast region for the company’s business.
Investments in the Northeast
With the new announcements, Ambev’s investments in the Northeast this year alone total more than R$400 million. In the first half of the year, the Aquiraz-CE factory received an investment of R$130 million to increase the production capacity of the premium line and have a new production line for long neck bottles.
A new glass bottle production line was also opened at the Teresina-PI factory, with an investment of R$90 million. In both cases, capacity was increased to 60 thousand bottles per day, reinforcing the operation that is of great importance to Ambev for the region. At the beginning of the year, the expansion of production of Budweiser Zero at the Pernambuco brewery was also announced, with an investment of R$10 million. Investments in the Northeast have already exceeded R$1 billion in the last two years.