Arca Continental

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Arca Continental S.A.B. de C.V.
Sociedad Anónima Bursátil de Capital Variable
Traded as BMVAC
Industry Beverages
Predecessor Embotelladoras Arca
Founded 1 June 2001; 17 years ago (2001-06-01) in Monterrey, Mexico
Founder Manuel L. Barragán Escamilla, Emilio Arizpe Santos, Tomás Fernández Blanco, Burton E. Grossman.
Headquarters Monterrey, Mexico
Area served
  • Mexico
  • United States
  • Ecuador
  • Argentina
Key people
  • Manuel L. Barragan Morales (Chairman)
  • Francisco Garza Egloff (CEO)
Products
  • Soft drinks
  • Bottled water
  • Sparkling water
  • Snacks
Revenue
  • Decrease US$ 7,280 million (2017)
  • US$ 4,713 million (2013)
  • Increase US$ 800 million (2017)
  • US$ 468 million (2013)
Total assets
  • Increase US$ 5,423 million (2014)
  • US$ 5,066 million (2013)
Number of employees
  • 43,700 (2014)
Website www.arcacontal.com

Arca Continental, S.A.B. de C.V., also known as Arca Contal or Arca Continental, is a Mexican beverage manufacturing and distribution company headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico. It manufactures soft drinks of brands owned or licensed by The Coca-Cola Company in Northern and Western Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Northern Argentina, and Southwestern United States. It is the second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in Latin America and the third largest in the world.[1]

Arca Continental reported revenues of US$4.6 billion for 2014. It operates bottling plants and distribution centers in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, and the United States.[2] It also operates a snack business with plants and distribution centers in Mexico, the United States, and Ecuador.

Arca Continental is listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange since 2001 and is a constituent of the IPC, the main benchmark index of Mexican stocks.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

The origins of the company date back to the times of the Mexican Revolution, to the founding of three independent companies in different cities. In Monterrey, the sparkling water bottler Topo Chico Company started operations in 1908 and became the first Mexican bottler of The Coca Cola Company in 1926. In 1980, Procor became its holding company. In Saltillo, the ice producing company Arma was founded in 1918 and it also became a Coca Cola bottler in 1926. In Ciudad Juarez, another Coca Cola bottler, Argos, was founded in 1936. This three companies merged into a group in 2001.

Embotelladoras Arca[edit]

Embotelladoras Arca, S.A. de C.V. was created in 2001 as a merger of the three oldest bottlers in Mexico: Argos, Arma, and Procor. This merger created the second largest Coca-Cola bottler in Mexico. At that time, the company distributed its products in Northern Mexico.

Acquisitions[edit]

Embotelladoras Arca fuel its growth during the 2000s by acquiring companies in Mexico, Argentina, and Ecuador. In 2017, Arca announced the closing of the transaction with The Coca-Cola Company to acquired the bottling company covering part of the Southwestern United States, including the State of Texas, and parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arkansas. In May 2018, Arca announced the construction of the first new bottling plant in the United States in over a decade. The new $250 million plant will be 1 million sq. ft on a 140 acre site in Houston, Texas.

Merger with Continental[edit]

In 2011, Embotelladoras and Grupo Continental agree to merged into Arca Continental.[citation needed]

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