A new Research and Development (R&D) Center in Mexico City will fuel The Coca-Cola Company’s innovation pipeline for new ingredients, beverages, sweeteners, sustainable packaging and eco-friendly cooler technologies for the Latin America region and beyond. The state-of-the-art facility will employ 100 Coca-Cola associates from around the world.
“From this center, we will work to bring new products and formulas that respond to the changing needs of Mexican consumers and consumers across Latin America – including low- and no-calorie options – through reformulation and portfolio innovation,” James Quincey, president and chief operating officer of The Coca-Cola Company, said last week at a ceremony commemorating the opening.
Francisco Crespo, president of Coca-Cola Mexico, said the center supports the company’s efforts to provide consumers with additional beverage choices – including low- and no-calorie options and a range of package sizes.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who toured the facility with several members of his cabinet and Coca-Cola executives, applauded the company for responding to his administration’s request for the private sector to support efforts that promote the wellbeing of Mexico’s communities.
Quincey stressed both the importance of Mexico to the company’s global business and the contributions the Coca-Cola system makes to the country’s economy, communities and environment. Coca-Cola, which recently marked its 90th anniversary in Mexico, is one of the country’s top employers. Mexico accounts for approximately 12 percent of the company’s global sales volume and has a proven track record of exporting innovation to other Coca-Cola markets around the world.
“The investment we are making in this new facility will improve our production infrastructure, distribution network and packaging innovation, and expand our portfolio,” Quincey added.
The Mexico City R&D Center is one of six Coca-Cola R&D centers around the world, each with its own focus area. For example, an Apopka, Fla. center focuses on juice innovation and research, while a Shanghai facility is dedicated to tea and dairy beverages.