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Pepsi says normal operations to continue in the rest of Mexico

Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero — PepsiCo says it will continue to operate normally in the rest of Mexico after it was announced that bottler Grupo GEPP suspended operations at its distribution center in Ciudad Altamirano in the state of Guerrero due to insecurity.

In a statement, the company said “Grupo GEPP informs its clients and consumers about the temporary closure of commercial operations of the direct distribution center of Ciudad Altamirano, State of Guerrero, as the conditions required for the continuity of the distribution of its product portfolio to the market are not present.”

In a statement Tuesday Pepsi said, “PepsiCo will continue to operate normally in the rest of Mexico. Our bottler Grupo Gepp made the difficult decision to suspend its distribution operations in Ciudad Altamirano to guarantee the safety of its employees and the supply chain. PepsiCo respects Gepp’s decision.”

The company, Grupo Gepp, suspended beverage-distribution operations in Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero about 170 miles (275 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City. In a separate statement, Grupo Gepp, which bottles and distributes beverages for PepsiCo in Mexico, said the closure was temporary. Closing operations will affect distribution to six nearby municipalities.

The closure will affect the supply of products in the municipalities of Pubgarabato, Coyuca de Catalán, Cutzamala, Ajuchitlán, Tlapehuala and Tlalchapa.

At the end of May, Mexico’s Lala confirmed that they temporarily suspended operations in the Distribution Center of Ciudad Mante in the State of Tamaulipas due to insecurity after one of his vans was burned.

In March of this year, Coca-Cola Femsa announced they were shutting down operations indefinitely at its plant in Arcelia due to threats from organized crime. They had been in operation in Arcelia for nearly 40 years.

According to El Economista, in 2017, at least 270 businesses between Acapulco and Chilpancingo closed.