The opening of the factory was attended by Andrei Vorobyov, Governor of Moscow Oblast, Norma Pensado Moreno, Mexican Ambassador to Russia, Natalia Virtuosova, Vice-Governor, Denis Butsaev, Deputy Chairman of the Government of Moscow Oblast, Pavel Chelpan, member of the supervisory board of the SEZ Stupino Quadrat, Juan Antonio González Moreno, CEO of Gruma and Ekaterina Evdokimova, managing partner of the SEZ Stupino Quadrat.
The guests symbolically pressed the start button of the conveyor belt and put the factory into operation. The Governor visited the production hall and warehouse with finished products of Solntse Mekhiko, part of the international Gruma International Food group headquartered in Mexico. It is the first company with Mexican capital built in Moscow Oblast. In Russia, Solntse Mekhiko has been producing chips and tortilla ready-made meals and mixtures of flour and maize grain since 1996.
The total investment in the project amounted to 50 million dollars - the largest Mexican investment in the Russian economy so far. The company also plans to expand the production lines from 2018-2020. The first production line of the factory is 11,870 sqm. and includes a production corpus, a three-storey administration building and several auxiliary buildings: flour silos, firefighting water tanks with pumping station, gatehouse, etc.
“A large company was opened today, which will keep expanding its production in the coming years," commented Andrei Vorobyov, Governor of Moscow Oblast. “The Mexican company has invested about 2 billion roubles and will invest another 1.5 billion roubles in the next few years. We are very pleased that there is a free economic zone in Stupino and we thank the Government of the Russian Federation, which supported this decision. Eight factories are already being built in the industrial area and a further ten companies are interested in this production site," said Vorobyov.
The start of production in Stupino is an important step towards strengthening Russian-Mexican relations, the Mexican ambassador to Russia, Norma Pensado Moreno, emphasized. “The presidents of our two countries met a few weeks ago at the BRICS summit and discussed the willingness of both countries to strengthen their economies. We greatly appreciate that the Russian Government supports the efforts of Mexican companies to enter the Russian market. This brings our relations to a new stage. I'm very happy about this and I'm sure the Russians already love our tortillas and nachos, which are produced here and are typical of Mexican cuisine."
Juan Antonio González Moreno, CEO of Gruma, told us that his grandfather had founded the company and thanked the Russian partners for their help. "Many thanks to the authorities for their support, we plan to expand our presence in the Russian market and increase the number of restaurants and supermarkets we cooperate with.”