Gamesa Cookies & Pasta from Mexico
Gamesa-Quaker is dedicated to the production of fun, convenient, nutritious and frequently consumed foods. These are distributed and marketed throughout 100 distribution centers that enable us to reach more than 650,000 customers.
In the 1920’s with the growing of industry in Monterrey a remarkable urban and population growth impacted the demand of new and diverse products of wide consumption. In that decade the factory of cookies and pastries named Lara, S.A. which was founded in 1917 and owned by Raul and Gustavo Lara.
Gamesa was founded in 1921 by three brothers: Alberto, Ignacio and Manuel Santos Gonzalez in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. After they acquired 50 percent of the shares of the pasta and cookies factory LARA, S.A. they changed its name to Lara and Santos. When the Lara factory was bought it only produced patries, it wasn’t until the santos brothers intervention that the production of cookies began. Four years later, in 1925 they changed the name of the factory once again, from Lara and Santos to Industrial Factory of Cookies and Pastries, S.A. and 57 years later, in 1978 it became Gamesa, S.A. de C.V.
Gamesa (formerly Galletera Mexicana S.A. de C.V) is Mexico’s largest manufacturer of cookies and its headquartered in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon. Gamesa has production facilities in eight states across Mexico and one in Colombia. Besides cookies, the company also makes flour, pastas, ready to eat cereals and other productos. In 1990, Gamesa was acquired by PepsiCo, also owner of Pepsi and Sabritas in Mexico. It went from being a family company to a world wide company. Gamesa started operations in Central America and the Caribbean, where the company has grown successfully. Gamesa also sells its cookies in the United States, Central and South America. PepsiCo acquired Quaker in 2001 and by the end of that same year; Gamesa incorporated Quaker into its line of Quaker Foods in Mexico, strengthening its line of products (cereals) becoming Gamesa-Quaker. By the end of 2002, aware of its social responsibility and to promote community support, Gamesa-Quaker created the Gamesa Foundation, with the mission of “Promoting family development through nutrition programs, health, and education aimed for the neediest. In 2009, Gamesa-Quaker announced its environmental sustainability estrategy based on three pillars: a)Conservation of energy and fighting against climate change, b) Conservation of water, c)eco-friendly packaging. By September hybrid tractor trucks were placed by Gamesa and Sabritas to transport their merchandise. With these units the emissions to the atomosphere will be reduced and will contribute to the atmosphere. Among Gamesa’s most successful brands are "Galletas Marías", "Emperador", "Arcoiris", "Mamut", "Chokis", and "Maizoro".