The world’s largest bottler of Coke, Coca-Cola Femsa, shuttered its operations in a town in southwest Mexico on Friday, saying the shutdown was prompted by constant aggression from organized-crime groups.
Attacks on big companies and multinationals have been rare in Mexico in the decade since the country ramped up its war on drugs and organized crime.
However, Femsa said on Friday it was indefinitely shutting down operations in Ciudad Altamirano, a town at the northern edge of Mexico’s Guerrero state, because of harassment from organized crime and a lack of response by authorities.
“The measure was taken to put first the security of more than 160 workers who work in the distribution center,” the firm said in a release. “The lack of necessary conditions to operate in an