Mexican businessman Eugenio López Rodea, founder of Jugos Mexicanos (Jumex), died yesterday at the age of 86 after a career in which he stood out as a leader in the food industry.
The creator of Jumex, the largest fruit juice company in Latin Americawas an “exemplary and successful man,” according to the National Chamber of the Food Canning Industry (Canainca) in his obituary.
“Our condolences and solidarity in these difficult times for the entire family of Don López Rodea, a great industrialist and exemplary Mexican,” said Canainca.
In 1961, López Rodea founded the company Empacadora de Frutos y Jugos, which in 1964 changed its name to Jumex, since then one of the main processed fruit companies in Mexico and Latin America.
In addition, he was the son of fellow businessman Vicente López Resines, who founded the La Costeña brand, one of the best-known processed Mexican food companies in the country and abroad.
“With the death of Eugenio López Rodea, Mexico loses a great man and a great businessman, and the industry loses one of its great exponents,” wrote Jonás Murillo, director of Canainca, on social media.
According to the company, its products reach more than 40 countries, where they are marketed in presentations such as juice, concentrates and oils.
In Mexico, it has six factories in the country: four in the State of Mexico to process fruit and package beverages, and another two in Mexicali and Chihuahua, near the border with the United States.
It has also had a plant in El Salvador for a decade, where it exports products to Central America, the Caribbean and the United States.
On the other hand, Jumex is also known for its foundation that promotes contemporary art, which in 2013 opened the Museo Jumex in Mexico City.where some of the main exhibitions of the branch in the country are exhibited.