Arca Continental

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Arca Continental S.A.B. de C.V.
Traded as BMVAC
Industry Beverages
Predecessor Embotelladoras Arca
Founded 1 June 2001; 15 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)
  • Soft drinks
  • Bottled water
  • Sparkling water
  • Snacks
  • Decrease US$ 4,659 million (2014)
  • US$ 4,713 million (2013)
  • Increase US$ 490 million (2014)
  • US$ 468 million (2013)
Total assets
  • Increase US$ 5,423 million (2014)
  • US$ 5,066 million (2013)
Number of employees
  • 43,700 (2014)

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 and Northern Argentina. 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, and Argentina.[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.



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.


Embotelladoras Arca fuel its growth during the 2000s by acquiring companies in Mexico, Argentina, and Ecuador.

Merger with Continental[edit]

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


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