Brazil beermaker Ambev opens new factory fueled by more at-home drinking

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Brazil beermaker Ambev SA has opened a new factory to produce 1.5 billion cans a year due to higher demand from stay-at-home drinkers during the pandemic.

The company, a subsidiary of beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, said demand for canned beverages has grown exponentially during the pandemic, outpacing demand for small-sized glass bottles.

This is Ambev’s first can factory and is in the state of Minas Gerais. The plant had been announced last year but the company said it had brought forward its construction once the pandemic hit and beer consumption habits drastically changed.

Before the pandemic, Ambev said, Brazilians used to drink more large glass beer bottles, which are mostly purchased at bars and are meant to be shared.