Sustainability Uruguay

The care of our environment and our natural resources is fundamental to be able to fulfill our principle of generating the economic, social and environmental conditions necessary to operate and grow over time in harmony with the environment. In Coca-Cola FEMSA we seek to be a leading company in the care of our environment through the continuous improvement of our processes, the search for new technologies that favor the reduction of our environmental impacts, contributing to the formation of an environmental awareness in all levels of our production chain and in the communities where we operate.

As part of the Sustainability Strategy, we have the axis of Our Planet with the main objective of minimizing the environmental impact of our operations. It has 3 areas of action: Water, optimally managing the consumption of this precious resource, Energy, efficiently using energy in the production and logistics processes while reducing our carbon footprint and Waste and Recycling, ensuring that we have the packaging with the best environmental performance and responsibly managing waste from our operations.

We have the long-term goal of returning to nature the same amount of water that we use to make our drinks. Therefore, we continually make investments and improvements to optimize water consumption in our production processesThe result of average water consumption per liter of beverage produced in 2017 was 2.07 liters against 3.94 liters in 2006. Our water strategy seeks to reduce our consumption through technologies and efficiencies, treat 100% of wastewater of our manufacturing processes, replenish and conserve water sources.

In 2017 we managed to produce an average of 2.77 liters of beverage per mega joule consumed. We also seek the use of the best technology in our transportation system and refrigeration equipment to reduce its environmental impact.

We constantly improve the environmental performance of our packaging, having 100% recyclable packaging that uses up to 10% of recycled material with Bottle to Bottle technology. In addition, in our operation in Uruguay, 85% of our waste is recycled. We generate 14.2 grams of waste per liter of drink and we work to permanently reduce the generation in our plant.

We have the long-term goal of returning to nature the same amount of water that we use to make our drinks.

Our Initiatives


    Coca-Cola FEMSA Uruguay receives students from the Technological Baccalaureate in Administration, Information, and Technology Communication (ICT) and to complement their educational process by carrying out activities together with a professional company that guides them in training and provides them with the necessary support so that your experience within the company is successful. For two years Coca-Cola FEMSA has been accompanying this institution, both as a training company and as a student grant.


    Together with Endeavor Uruguay, this initiative is carried out with the objective of strengthening female entrepreneurship in the country, through different training and training services, including on-line business courses, individual and group mentoring with the objective of making grow your business. More than 680 women have managed to invest / grow / boost their business during the first edition of this program.


    Together with the Avina Foundation, the Indra Foundation, the departmental government and the national government, a program of conservation of water sources and recovery of the native forest of the Lunarejo Valley, a protected area in the department of Rivera, is being carried out. From 2016 year to 2020 the recovery of more than 3,000 hectares is planned.


    Together with the Chamber of Industries of Uruguay, the Ministry of Housing, Territorial Planning and the Environment, the Ministry of Social Development and the Municipalities, we are part of the Container Management Plan, bringing together more than 2,400 companies.


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      • Bottle Plant

        The PET Plant Bottle is a bottle made from the combination of traditional PET and materials extracted from plants. These bottles reduce dependence of non-renewable resources like oil; they are completely recyclable and help reduce the carbon footprint.

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      • Carbonated beverage

        Refreshing liquid made with carbonated water, also known as soda, with or without flavoring that contains carbon dioxide, which bubbles when the beverage is opened or is depressurized.

      • Consumer

        Person who consumes Coca-Cola FEMSA’s products.

      • Consumption per Capita

        The number of eight-ounce servings consumed per person per year in a specific market. To calculate the per capita consumption, the company multiplies its unit case volume by 24 and then divides it by the total number of population.

      • Customer

        Retail outlet, restaurants or other establishments that sell or serve the company's products directly to consumers.

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      • Energy Drinks

        Non-alcoholic beverage with stimulating properties that offer consumers regenerative fatigue and exhaustion, while increasing mental ability.

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      • FEMSA

        Is a leading company that participates in the beverage industry operating as Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest public bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world, and in the brewing industry being the second largest shareholder of Heineken, one of the leading brewers in the world with presence in more than 70 countries. In retail trade, FEMSA participates with FEMSA Comercio, branch that operates in various chains of small format, highlighting OXXO as the largest and fastest growing chain in Latin America. All this supported by a Strategic Business area.

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      • ISO

        International Organization for Standardization, responsible for creating standards or international regulations.

      • Isotonic beverage

        This category is consumed before, during and after exercise. Sport drinks main target are high performance athletes that need to replace minerals they lose through sweat, besides of contributing to metabolize carbohydrates and energy.

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      • KOF

        Name which Coca -Cola FEMSA is listed on the Stock Exchange.

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      • Non-carbonated beverages

        Grouping category containing all of our non-carbonated products.

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      • PET

        Poly Ethylene Terephthalate commonly abbreviated as PET, is the most common type of plastic that has the characteristics of being flexible, lightweight and plus it is harmless to people’s health and very friendly to recycle.

      • Positive transformation

        In Coca-Cola FEMSA we understand the need of meeting the challenges of the environment through responsible and consistent practices that allow us to focus efforts and ensure the achievement of our goals. This process also has as main objective of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our company, develop and strengthen our capabilities and continue to evolve our culture.

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      • Serving

        Measurement unit equal to 8 fluid ounces.

      • Sustainability

        In Coca Cola FEMSA, this term is understood as the simultaneous generation of economic, social and environmental value through responsible and consistent business practices that allow us to positively transform our environment. Also, create initiatives focused on the availability of drinking water in our communities, as well as proper management of waste and recycling, development of processes and friendly packages to the environment, and finally, reforestation and minimization of energy use in our value chain and mitigation of the effects in climate change.

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      • The Coca-Cola Company

        Established in 1886, The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing its consumers with more than 500 brands of soft drinks and non-carbonated beverages. The Coca-Cola Company headquarters are located in Atlanta, with local operations in more than 200 countries around the world.

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      • Unit Case

        Measurement unit equivalent to 24 8-ounce servings.

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      • Values

        Ideals shared by members of the company that determine what is acceptable and what is not. Therefore, we provide parameters for decision-making and performance of the company as well as criteria to evaluate the performance of each one of the mentioned before.