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Mexican companies Bimbo and Gruma temporarily shut Ukraine factories

Mexico City, Mexico — Grupo Bimbo will temporarily suspend its operations at its plant in Dnipro, Ukraine. The Mexican company said it has decided to shut the plant to safeguard its 150 workers in the conflict zone.

The Mexican company specified that operations have already been stopped for four days, at the start of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. “The highest priority is the safety of each one of the collaborators in all the operations that take place in the world,” it announced in a brief statement Sunday.

The company said that they will do everything in their power to support the bakery teams in Ukraine, which is located in the city of Dnipro, just 260 kilometers from the Donetsk region, the epicenter of the conflict.

Since 2017, Grupo Bimbo has had a presence in Ukraine thanks to Bimbo QSR, an organization responsible for baking and providing bakery products for fast food restaurants.

Gruma, a Mexican multinational corn flour and tortilla manufacturing company, has also been affected. The Mexican company, which is headquartered in San Pedro, Nuevo León, says they too, have had to close one of its Ukraine plants.

Gruma, who uses the port of Odessa to move its products to at least nine nations in the region, has approximately 500 Ukrainian employees.