The eighth plant of Grupo Modelo in Mexico, located in Apan, Hidalgo, was inaugurated Monday and has begun its operations. They plant will have an initial production capacity of up to 12 million hectoliters per year.
The new factory represented an investment of 14,000 million pesos (US $724 million), has employed more than 4,500 people during the construction phase and already has more than 600 people hired and trained for the operation.
These figures add to the more than 1,000 jobs that Grupo Modelo has generated for many years for the distribution and sale of its beers in the region.
During the presentation of the new plant of Grupo Modelo, belonging to AB InBev, Cassiano de Stefano, president of the group, said that this new brewery will be a fundamental growth engine for Grupo Modelo and guarantee the commitment they have with customers and consumers.
Carlos Lisboa, president of the Middle America Zone of AB InBev, emphasized that “at Grupo Modelo we are convinced that the countryside and our breweries are the place where magic begins. In Hidalgo not only is the best barley harvested, but also the best beer will be produced. Here we will elaborate the Mexican beers recognized worldwide as Corona has, and we will also make other global brands such as Stella Artois and Michelob Ultra. ”
The managers also highlighted that Grupo Modelo has a permanent productive relationship with Hidalgo and its farmers, since 60% of the barley that the group buys in the Altiplano area comes from this state.
The other seven plants of Grupo Modelo AB InBev are located in Coahuila, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Zacatecas and Yucatán.
Beer production in Mexico grew 9.1% in 2018 as 12,000 million liters were produced. Since 2014, production has maintained an upward trend.