Leganes, Iloilo–San Miguel Brewery Inc. said it will break ground on Sept. 20 on a new production facility in Barangay Gua-an, Leganes, Iloilo.
San Miguel Corp. president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang will lead the groundbreaking ceremony, along with Sen. Franklin Drilon, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., Leganes Mayor Vicente Jaen II, Gua-an barangay chairman Alberto Capajay Jr. and other Iloilo officials.
The company said the new production facility was expected to be completed in two years. It will have an initial capacity of one million hectoliters.
SMB has two breweries in the Visayas region, the Mandaue and Bacolod breweries, which were built in 1968 and 1990, respectively.
The Iloilo facility is a part of San Miguel’s ongoing capacity expansion program, first announced in 2017, to grow its core business, meet increased demand and bring economic growth and jobs to key regions nationwide.
SMB is also set to complete a new brewery in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental and convert its existing Santa Rosa, Laguna bottling facility into a full-fledged brewery. The company is developing a more efficient distribution system.
“We look forward to growing our presence in the Visayas region. This major development is an important part of San Miguel’s current expansion in key regions nationwide,” Ang said.
“Our aim is to help our nation achieve its development goals by investing in emerging growth areas. With this investment, we hope to help accelerate the region’s overall growth and bring more jobs to our countrymen in the south,” Ang said.
SMB president Roberto Huang said the new brewery would be a significant milestone for the company as it continues to pursue new growth opportunities. “Over the long-term, this new facility will allow us to address growing demand and maximize efficiencies throughout the supply chain,” said Huang.