Sunday, March 25, 2018

Coca-Cola Plant Shuts Down Indefinitely After 40 years in Altamira, Guerrero

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal


             160 Coca Cola Just Became Unemployed over Insecurity, Ciudad Altamira, Guerrero

March 25, 2018 Chilpancingo, Guerrero

The soft drink bottler Coca-Cola FEMSA (KOF) announced the indefinite closure of its operations in Ciudad Altamirano, in the Tierra Caliente region of Guerrero, due to the fact that it has registered two months of harassment by criminal groups against its bottling plant  in the absence of a rule of law in the area.

Early yesterday, ie the early morning hours of Friday March 23, an armed group tried to launch Molotov cocktails and shoot at the company, which has been operating in the area for 40 years. The attack, according to official sources, was staved off by agents of the Estatales or the State Police, and the only thing they criminals  managed to hit was a truck in the main access.


The spokesman of Grupo Coordinación Guerrero (GCG), Roberto Álvarez Heredia, reported that around 3 AM, about 20 men tried to break into the bottling facility. With a truck they rammed  the security gate and at that moment the agents arrived and a confrontation began.



Although in the brawl there were no injuries, the agents detained an aggressor, in addition they confiscated Molotov weapons and bombs. The other attackers fled and abandoned a pick-up truck.

At noon on Friday March 23 Coca-Cola FEMSA announced the closure of the plant in Altamirano:

"With the fundamental objective of preserving the integrity and safety of its employees, Coca-Cola FEMSA decided to close its operations indefinitely, starting immediately  on Friday March 23 in Altamirano City, Guerrero.


                                                 photo courtesy of Milenio

The measure was taken for the safety of more than 160 employees who work in the distribution center, " the company said in a statement. 

All 160 employees just became unemployed indefinitely.

The corporate added that "the lack of necessary conditions to operate efficiently and safely in this area of ​​the state of Guerrero, as well as the recent unjustified attack on one of our employees, led the company to make this decision."

Two attacks in a week:

Last Wednesday, Coca-Cola restarted its sale to the public in Ciudad Altamirano, after two months of having suspended the distribution due to the attempted extortion by a criminal group. The sales would be in bulk, without the delivery trucks going out to distribute.

In January, after receiving extortion messages, Coca-Cola suspended its service to prevent an attack against its workers; 

In February, when they tried to restart sales, armed men burned a vehicle with the logos of the company. 

Three days later, the workers in charge of collecting the orders were sheltered by State Police agents. The protection was only carried out in the municipal capital without entering the communities.

According to testimonies of residents, the products of Coca-Cola in Altamirano are sold at a higher price because of the difficulty of the company to distribute them.

In 2014, one of the concessionaires of the refreshment shop closed its facilities in the municipality of Arcelia -also in Tierra Caliente- for the same reason: the extortion of organized crime groups.

On that occasion, the company dismissed more than 120 workers.

With this closure, Tierra Caliente region is left without Coca-Cola distributor.

The Tierra Caliente is one of the most violent regions of Guerrero. At least four criminal groups are disputing the region: La Familia Michoacana, The Knights Templar, Los Tequileros and Guerreros Unidos, according to official reports. 

Its nine municipalities are without Municipal police; the residents are cared only by State agents and soldiers of the 34th Infantry Battalion.

67 comments:

  1. Great job pena nieto for not doing shit over the years just taking bribes, now there’s more people with out jobs after this now will join one of the many violent groups in the region to bring food to the table and go against the government.

    Cheers,
    From Michoacán

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  2. Attention former coca cola employees: the cartel is now accepting applications.

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    1. Exactly right! This is what Mexico has become: you want to survive the day/week/month? Join a crime syndicate.

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    2. Want to survive join a crime syndicate? How ironic

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    3. Do you know if they have online applications and if they're flexible with hours?

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  3. Looks like another win for these criminals to undermine their political objective. Political referring; disruptive behaviors to attain criminal impunity.
    Truly a grief stricken region where income will be a factor for many.
    I guess options for private security measures from plant management was out of the question?

    E42

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  4. no respect for anybody this michoacanos every where they go cause harm to innocent people they are like cancer spreading wide to Mexico and Tamaulipas and Sinaloa seem to be the cure the anti cancer vaccine So sad for those who lost their jobs Thanks Borderland beat for you hard work

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    1. Reminds me of when Sinaloas went to Juarez and Tijuana and killed a lot of people. all cartels Are sum.

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    2. What a hater haha yea, sinaloa and Tamaulipas are the vaccine ? Dumbest sh!t I've read here so far.. Looks like the chinola vaccine backfired and cjng are killing them off

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  5. LOL! Where's big-mouth, Mr CocaCola Vincente Fox who talked smack about america and Trump

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    1. 12:07 corrupt Mr. COCA~COLA, Vicente fox, "La Chachalaca"
      --the former president of mexico, hated for his putas chingaderas, his bastard sons the bribiesca brothers and their puta madre Barata Martha "marthita la putita" Sahagun,
      --That fox has never been righter.
      --Let grown men defend themselves...

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    2. What did the fox say?

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  6. Coca Cola is sugared water with large amounts caffeine to get you hooked and is one of the most unhealthiest products you can consume.
    It's a prime cause of obesity and diabetes!

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    1. I been drinking that shit everyday since i was 1 years old and im skinny as fuck. Can run a mile in 6:30 🕡 lol and getting leaner and bigger by the day. But i agree its really bad for you the corn syrup

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    2. 12:11 COCA~COLA, de Mexico is one of the most tastier drinks in the whole world, specially good with Rum to make a Cuba Libre, or just with plain ice, at least it will kill you while making you happy, but I am more partial to Boing fruit juices, used to be called refrescos Pascual, Mr Q, Pequeña LULU, at least you died slowly and happier unlike today...

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    3. In Mexico it’s not corn syrup. It’s real sugar

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    4. Actually, fruit juices have much more sugar than Coke, don't buy into the anti-Coca~Cola propaganda stealthy started by BIG sugar corporations that want a bigger market share. Fruit juices are harming the young ones.

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  7. There was a big shoot out in Nuevo Laredo last night

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  8. Diet coke anyone with Aspartane!!!?
    Aspartic acid acts as a neurotoxin that causes the hyperexcitability of neurons. It’s also a precursor to another amino acid that overexcites your central nervous system (CNS): glutamates.

    Methanol and its metabolites cause CNS depression, vision disorders and other symptoms. Chronic exposure can lead to metabolic acidosis and, eventually, coma. Alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), which are present in your brain, also converts methanol to formaldehyde (5).

    Another metabolite, diketopiperazine, is carcinogenic in the central nervous system and contributes towards the formations of tumors, including gliomas, medulloblastomas, and meningiomas.

    Plus, the substance “has been linked to pediatric and adolescent migraines. Upon ingestion, aspartame is broken, converted, and oxidized into formaldehyde in various tissues.”(5). Not only is formaldehyde carcinogenic, it’s also cumulative, meaning that it builds up in your body (6,7).

    Lastly, since serotonin and dopamine are key “happy” hormones, aspartame can directly contribute towards mental disorders, addiction, and including depression, suicidal behavior, and substance abuse (8).

    In an open letter to the FDA, the Aspartame Toxicity Information Center warns “Some of the many aspartame toxicity symptoms reported include seizures, headaches, memory loss, tremors, convulsions, vision loss, nausea, dizziness, confusion, depression, irritability, anxiety attacks, personality changes, heart palpitations, chest pains, skin diseases, loss of blood sugar control, arthritic symptoms, weight gain (in some cases), fluid retention, excessive thirst or urination. Clearly, regular exposure to a toxic substance such as formaldehyde may worsen, or in some cases contribute to the development of chronic diseases.”(

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    1. Say no to diet coke and Yes to coca Cola.
      It contains less sugar them the same amount of orange juice.
      And aspartan did not kill you if you have some beer and Tequila between.
      Damn noobs.

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    2. 12:17

      So what??? Do you know how many chemicals are in a natural banana? Are you aware that water is a chemical? You know what's in beer? Do you ever think of all the toxic garbage you breath in at a red light - asbestos from car breaks, exhaust fumes, rubber particals from the tire, ect -, do you? Do you know radon in some homes is a major cause of lung cancer? Know the poor prognosis for lung cancer? Do you know the difference between the word "link" and "cause"?

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  9. Fucking dumbasses whos bright idea was it to extort Coca Cola. They extort you! Pinche gente de tierra caliente in both guerrero and michoacan are the garbage of mexico.

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    1. Don't be a hater lol

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    2. A little harsh with your comment!
      Please don’t confuse the garbage of those who live ignorant with those of good people.
      Everyone has garbage on their front doors.

      E42

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    3. You do here the most evil atrocities coming from this region (outside of zetas crimes) thats infested with meth users who do the unthinkable.

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  10. México needs paramilitares NOW.

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    1. 12:34 paramilitary are the worst criminals in the world,
      get the fack outtahere!

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    2. Paramilitary cleanse real criminals like the communists you support! 1:07

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    3. I'd take paramilitaries over cartels anyday.

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    4. 10:37
      You don't know what you're saying.

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  11. How stupid could these criminals be???
    They are slowly destroying the entire infrastructure and are oblivious of how the damage they are doing is going to make their own home a even more miserable place to live!!!
    Such a beautiful country going to waste!!!

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    1. Answer: they are extremely stupid.

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    2. 1:48 Coca-Cola is not infrastructure, it is a foreign owned corporation, with their own assets that does nothing for mexicans, but Coca-Cola are GOOD, I'll tell you that, so good
      that Fidel Castro Himself had his own special reserves specially shipped to Cuba for his special ass, he lived well into his 90s.
      But make no mistake, it's gotta be made in mexico, like pepsis, jarritos, sabritas, grifa AND CHIVAS!
      --Hey beibi, talking about CHIVAS, HI!

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    3. @11:36
      Not stupid at all. Rather a tactic used by many to come to some agreement between criminals and government regional officials. Which I’m my opinion; a freedom to reign within their communities for uninterrupted employment purposes for its citizens.
      Many organized groups; unions / environmental groups / political powers and criminals get what they want.
      Think for a second how much revenue is being lost to this closure? This loss of revenue will have an impact upon communities ( businesses ). Moreover, family sustenance. These criminals are making a statement. Added with lack of police enforcement and military personnel spread thin.
      Don’t be surprised if an accord is in the works.

      E42

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  12. Mexicans drink way too much Coca Cola anyway

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  13. Coca cola shutting down?! Say it isn't so. That company has single handedly killed more people with diabetes than most...

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    1. @2:46PM You don't need to worry, that was just one plant. Coke has bottling plants all over Mexico.

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    2. @2:46p.m! I drink coca cola and do not have diabetes nor am i obese or young! While it might not be good for you you have to alternate it with other things to drink and MOVE MORE! Something alot of young folks nowdays fail to do and are pretty inactive due to electronic devices!sad that these folks lost their jobs due to the narco cockroaches!😠

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    3. 10:21 viejillos pedorros need not to comment, specially not to blame us the couch potatoes, I sincerily hope the dislocated workers take over their plant and turn it into a red communist socialist heaven, belonging to the workers and their town without government meddling, they could buy their own weapons and kick the cacarruchas in the ass, viejillo pedorro.
      Pongase sus chiquiadores aunque sean los de su Viejo,
      I mean los chiquiadores de su vieja, y calmese chingao.

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    4. @ dd
      1 plant closure will still have a devastating impact among its community. Citizens rely on work to put food on the table and roof over ones head!
      Mexico is in dire need for employment opportunities and not revert to criminal activities to sustain oneself.

      Just a business / community perspective.

      E42

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  14. Time 4 Pepsi 2 fill the void 😀

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    1. 3:34 nice try, NO
      4 PEPSIS not 1 coke make
      Just like Budweiser "the king of beers" can't make BURRONAS, the good tasting CORONAS all their own, they had to come and steal it from mexico.

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    2. Death before Pepsi
      (Damn near killed me typing Pepsi)

      Coke is it w/fresh lemon
      Canadian girl
      Canadian girl.

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    3. @ Canadian girl
      You forgot the rum!

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  15. This is terrible and an example of what may happen throughout Mexico. The cartels transport drugs to the USA and we support the war on drugs or some think legalization is the answer to dealing with the demand. The real problem is extortion, whether they kidnap someone or require payment for doing business. I live on the Mexican border with Texas and no matter how small your business venture is, you will have to pay the mania to operate, whether you are selling ice cream, washing windows or making car parts to sell to the US. Why do the people accept this total control no matter where you live in Mexico?

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    1. 4:01 the US empowers the Mexican government sicariato with billions and billions of dollars in cash and weapons and gorilla training, since they ramped up for WWII in the 1930s.
      The drug traffickers get paid shit and weapons and get let loose on the Mexican population to find their own pay.

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  16. No more Cola Cola, now they will go bother and harrass, the Pepsi plant, they are not satisfied with drug sales, kidnappings, fuel theft and they wanted to bother cc, best thing was to shut down. tt

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  17. Here's to hoping that the workers find jobs. The closing of the plant is unfortunate but Coke is poison anyway.

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  18. Well on the bright side Mexicans could afford to drink less coke. I remember in Acapulco they pulled out of their headquarters. Big beautiful building on the costera sitting there abandoned now.

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  19. Ironically watch people's life spans increase in Guerrero as a result.

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    1. In that region of guerror males life span is already low due to all the violence but maybe the womens will

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    2. And their dentists will be out of work jaja

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  20. Mexican Coke is made with cane sugar far less toxic than corn syrup thats used here in the states

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  21. Dont blame em, they are probably getting swindled left and right by the cartels, yep, just the way things roll down south..Sad

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  22. They will reopen and use the original recipe that had Cocaine.

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  23. Lo que no saben es que los de la Pepsi les pagaron a los del cartel para que hicieran esto, así tienen el campo libre y ahora todos tomarán solo productos Pepsi... inteligentes no? :)

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  24. you know shit is bad when they have to close the coca-cola plant

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  25. and all the iced coffee in the world to drink. It's the most unusual summer I've ever had yet it's been full of its own moments and memories. best moving company cross country

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    1. Wow Borderland Beat. So now you guys are allowing clickbait? - Sol Prendido

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  26. When I was working in a village about 70km west of Iguala, the Coca cola truck always had an armed guard. I talked with him, and he said some days the word was 'it is too hot', so they did not make their deliveries on those days.

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  27. All business will eventually collapse as there is no business in Mexico that is safe from the attack and extortion from the Mexican cartels. Mexico's economy is doomed to worsen over time, crime will grow even more. There is no future for Mexico's youth. Mexico's Generation Z is growing up in a blood soaked lawless country. Mexico will eventually collapse.

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  28. My poison of choice Coke~Cola

    Canadian girl

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  29. Thanks for the lecture 12:17pm.
    Why don't you get down on cigarettes and drinking, too?

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  30. I'm a gringo that retired from Coca-Cola in the US after nearly 40 years. Cane sugar and corn syrup are processed in your body exactly the same way...same calories. But, they taste different. I much prefer an Ice Cold Mexican Coke to those made in the US. Both great though.

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