Estamos convencidos de que educar en nutrición desde edades tempranas, involucrando en nuestros proyectos a los niños, sus familias y entorno, contribuye a disminuir la propensión a enfermedades e incrementar el potencial humano de las comunidades.


3.1 Food Banks

Along with companies, academics and the Saltillo Food Bank, we launched Eating as a Family in 2014, our first pilot project with a mobile kitchen.


3.2 Colors Campaign

For FEMSA Foundation, the Colors Campaign is a special project. In 2013, we carried out our nutrition-focused projects outside Mexico for the first time.


3.3 Healthy and Active

The project focuses on good habit workshops such as healthy nutrition, hygiene and physical activity, directly conducted by Save The Children staff for children of school age (6 to 15 years old).


3.4 Healthy Being

María José and the artistic group have already traveled in seven occasions to different communities, replicating the messages on health and nutrition that Healthy Being promotes in schools.


3.5 Reduction of chronic malnutrition in Guatemala

We partnered with Food for the Hungry Guatemala to implement the Reduction of Chronic Malnutrition in Guatemala project in municipalities of the Ixil region.


3.6 Healthy Edison Polygon Project

We conducted workshops on health and nutrition matters in seven schools in the area to promote healthy eating and physical activity among children, their parents, and teachers.


3.7 CONIN Maternal and Child Center

FEMSA Foundation with the Pilares Foundation, Coca-Cola FEMSA Argentina and other organizations, supports the CONIN Center.


3.8 Schools with Food Education

Learning good eating habits at school is essential. Through game-based workshops, we promote the formation of criteria to choose the right food among students and their families in Bogotá, Colombia.


3.9 Nutrition Education at School

According to the ENSANUT 2012, 36.9% of the students in Guanajuato, Mexico, reached an alarming overweight rate in 2012.


Research and Training

A deep understanding of the problems

Scientific knowledge is the cornerstone for understanding the current and future problems of water resources and nutrition. It gives us the information required so that our actions as FEMSA Foundation are solidly based.

The Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean and the FEMSA Biotechnology Center of the Tecnológico de Monterrey are integrated by renowned experts

in different areas of specialization who, through research, join forces to widen the panorama in their areas of study, providing new and different approaches and solutions to water and nutrition issues.

Both institutions manage and transfer knowledge to other specialists and leaders to enrich their decision-making process.

Innovation at the service of human beings

Applied Research on Health and Nutrition

At FEMSA Foundation, we are committed to generating knowledge by supporting research and the development of products and technologies that improve people’s health. We invest in nutrigenomics by means of the research and innovation works of the FEMSA Biotechnology Center of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. Our goal is to create social value by supporting the science that studies the relationship between food, the human genome, and the prevention of diseases related to malnutrition.

Our projects are:

  • Enzymatic detection of a new saliva indicator for diabetes.
    Development of a device for early detection of propensity for diabetes using only a saliva sample. This device can be taken to remote communities and operated by staff with basic training.
  • Development of food supplements with a high nutritional and nutraceutical value to combat malnutrition problems in Mexico.
    Research on the characteristics of the population’s diet in order to design food supplements that rectify the lack and/or poor quality of proteins consumed by specific groups: children from the age of one, pregnant or lactating women, senior citizens and people with diabetes or autism.
  • Metagenomics’ studies for diabetes-related intestinal organisms in the Mexican population.
    Mapping of Mexicans’ gut microbiota, identifying the propensity for diseases in order to propose changes in eating habits.
  • Development and validation of foods that help prevent metabolic syndrome.
    Knowledge of the composition of gut microbiota, and its reaction to food, in order to make recommendations to patients who suffer from certain conditions.

Monterrey, México

Tecnológico de Monterrey, National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán, University of Houston and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Total: USD $562,120.83
FEMSA Foundation: USD $184,524.86

2015 / Duration: 1 year


Support research activities focused on discovering new ways to improve health and nutrition in Latin America.

Strategic Forums of Nutrition

Sharing experiences to grow

At FEMSA Foundation we are in a continuous learning process and we believe that creating strong bonds with other organizations that work on nutrition issues in Latin America is important. Coming into contact with them allows us to learn from their experiences, meet

other actors and institutions with whom we can collaborate, and establish synergies with authorities to support our projects. During 2015, we took several successful experiences to different International Forums of Nutrition.

Annual H-E-B/GFN Food Bank Leadership Institute, Global Food Banking Network

In Houston, Texas, during four days of March, we attended training activities and sessions (along with 75 Food Bank representatives from 35 countries). We shared ideas and met other professionals in the field of nutrition who also strive toward a comprehensive solution for global malnutrition.

We announced the partnership between FEMSA Foundation and the Mexican Food Bank Network (BAMX for its acronym in Spanish), the second largest network of food banks in the world. We presented the results of our strategy for tackling malnutrition: adding value to BAMX’s food security programs with nutritional education, a component provided by FEMSA Foundation.

Annual Conference, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) held its annual conference, “Creativity & Innovation in Nutrition Education”, last June in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where we delivered an oral presentation along with our partner CARE about our Healthy Being project. We also presented (using graphic material) the Nutrition Education at School project, in which we collaborated with SEBAJ (Servicios Educativos del Bajío), as well as the Schools with Food Education project, in alliance with Alpina Foundation.

XVII Congreso Latinoamericano de Nutrición

La Sociedad Latinoamericana de Nutrición (SLAN) llevó a cabo su XVII Congreso Latinoamericano de Nutrición en Punta Cana, República Dominicana, en noviembre. Este año estuvo enfocado en Nutrición para el Desarrollo Sostenible y en Fundación FEMSA participamos con tres proyectos. El primero, Comer en Familia, fue presentado por nuestro socio, la Universidad de Monterrey. Por otra parte, mostramos también los logros del proyecto Polígono Edison Sano en sus actividades con niños en edad escolar, componente que desarrollamos en colaboración con Save The Children. Se presentó también el proyecto Colegios con Educación Alimentaria que desarrollamos en Colombia en alianza con Fundación Alpina.