Meoqui, Chihuahua. Heineken Mexico will invest 1.8 billion pesos in the construction of a can factory at its plant in Meoqui, Chihuahua, whose works will begin at the end of the year and production is expected to start in 2024.
The plant will generate around 120 direct jobs and 150 in its construction phase. In addition, the work will be carried out within the same land to reduce the environmental footprint of Heineken Meoqui.
The brewery has a capacity of 6 million hectoliters per year, to supply the national and international market. In addition, it ranks number 1 in sustainability within the seven Heineken Mexico plants.
Another aspect that the company took into account in the new construction is the optimization of water use. Currently, the brewery has the lowest capacity for water use, with 1.9 liters for every liter of beer; previously it was 2.5 litres. It should be noted that at an industrial level the use of water per liter of beer is 4 liters.
Eusebio Reynosa, CEO of Heineken Meoqui, commented “in the new plant, water consumption is going to be minimal and we are not going to require more water than what we have contracted today.”
Last Friday in Monterrey, Heineken donated a deep well to help with the water shortage in the state. In an interview, Mónica Bichara, responsible for the legal affairs of Heineken Mexico, acted as a spokesperson for the sustainability actions that Heineken has with Meoqui.
In them, he mentions the opening of the Delicias outdoor park, but due to the pandemic, this action was affected. However, the dialogue with the communities has already been resumed. He added that they are reviewing the contingency plans for the lack of water.
“We have identified which of our breweries are located in areas of water stress. We have balanced 4 out of 5 of those breweries that are in areas of water stress, which are Guadalajara, Monterrey, Navojoa and finally Tecate,” Bichara mentioned.
As for Meoqui, it is expected that in 2025 they will achieve a balance in water consumption to avoid greater impact on the community. Regarding what President López Obrador said during Monday’s conference, when referring to the problem of water and its use by companies, he mentioned that they should prioritize domestic use and that those that have concessions reduce their production.
Heineken representatives said that they are open to dialogue, not only with the government but also with the community.