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FEMSA and Coca-Cola FEMSA selected as part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index confirming its sustainability leadership

Mexico City, Mexico – October 2, 2018 – Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: FMX; BMV: FEMSAUBD) (“FEMSA”) and Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: KOFL; NYSE: KOF) (“Coca-Cola FEMSA”) are among a select group of companies recognized for their excellence in sustainability practices with their listing on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

For the second consecutive year, FEMSA has been selected as part of the Dow Jones Sustainability MILA Pacific Alliance Index, which is comprised by companies with the highest sustainability scores in Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile.

“Being part of the Dow Jones Sustainability MILA Pacific Alliance Index reaffirms our commitment to continue promoting sustainable actions that generate social value and contribute to the positive transformation of the communities where we operate,” said Genaro Borrego Estrada, Director of Corporate Affairs at FEMSA.

The Dow Jones Sustainability MILA Pacific Alliance Index is the result of an alliance between Standard & Poor´s Dow Jones Indexes, International Finance Corporation, RobecoSAM, and the Stock Exchange of the Mercado Integrado Latinoamericano (MILA). This index provides investors with an objective benchmark for sustainability investments in the region.

Additionally, Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest Coca-Cola franchise bottler in the world by sales volume, confirms its leadership as the only Latin American beverage company included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index for the sixth consecutive year, and for the second consecutive year in the Dow Jones Sustainability MILA Pacific Alliance Index due to its sustainability practices, including:

1) A wide portfolio of leading brands in 12 different categories, offering hydration alternatives for the different lifestyles of its consumers and the promotion of healthy habits, initiatives that benefited 1.6 million people in 2017.

2) An operating model supported by its Commercial, Manufacturing, and Distribution & Logistics Centers of Excellence, which ensures operational excellence, care for the environment and the well-being of the communities where it operates through benefits such as:

  • Covering 38% of its global bottling operations’ power needs with clean energy;
  • Fostering efficient water management by increasing its water use ratio by 16% over the past eight years;
  • Recycling 94.4% of its industrial waste;
  • Using 21% of recycled materials in its PET packaging.

“We intend for sustainability to be fully integrated into our day-to-day business, to guarantee our company’s long-term development and continuity, fostering the well-being of our communities, while taking care of the environment, thus fulfilling our mission to simultaneously generate economic, social, and environmental value for all of our stakeholders,” said John Santa Maria, CEO of Coca-Cola FEMSA.

In addition to its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability MILA Pacific Alliance Index, Coca-Cola FEMSA has received recognition for its sustainability performance throughout the year, including membership in the London Stock Exchange’s FTSE4Good Emerging Index for the third consecutive year, the Vigeo Eiris Emerging 70 Ranking for the fourth consecutive year, and the Mexican Stock Exchange’s Social Responsibility and Sustainability Index since 2010 and its inclusion in The Sustainability Yearbook 2018 of RobecoSAM.

During 2017, FEMSA and Coca-Cola FEMSA invested US$138 million in their Sustainability Strategy.
For further information, please see FEMSA´s Annual Report Available at http://www.informeanual.femsa.com.

For further information, please see Coca-Cola FEMSA´s Annual Integrated Report, “Integrated Transformation,” at https://www.coca-colafemsa.com/kof2017/

About FEMSA

FEMSA is a leading company that participates in the beverage industry through Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest franchise bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world by volume; and in the beer industry, through its ownership of the second largest equity stake in Heineken, one of the world`s leading brewers with operations in over 70 countries. In the retail industry, it participates through FEMSA Comercio, comprising a Retail Division operating various small-format store chains including OXXO, a Fuel Division, operating the OXXO GAS chain of retail service stations, and a Health Division, which includes drugstores and related operations. Additionally, through its Strategic Businesses unit, it provides logistics, point-of-sale refrigeration solutions and plastics solutions to FEMSA`s business units and third-party clients.

About Coca-Cola FEMSA

Stock listing information: Mexican Stock Exchange, Ticker: KOFL | NYSE (ADR), Ticker: KOF | Ratio of KOF L to KOF = 10:1

Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. is the largest franchise bottler in the world by sales volume. The company produces and distributes trademark beverages of The Coca-Cola Company, offering a wide portfolio of 169 brands to more than 396 million consumers daily. With over 100 thousand employees, the company markets and sells approximately 4 billion unit cases through 2.8 million points of sale a year. Operating 67 manufacturing plants and 344 distribution centers, Coca-Cola FEMSA is committed to generating economic, social, and environmental value for all of its stakeholders across the value chain. The company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index, Dow Jones Sustainability MILA Pacific Alliance Index, FTSE4Good Emerging Index, and the Mexican Stock Exchange’s IPC and Social Responsibility and Sustainability Indices, among others. Its operations encompass franchise territories in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Guatemala; and, nationwide, in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Uruguay, Venezuela and the Philippines. For further information, please visit www.coca-colafemsa.com.

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