Heineken N.V. and Fomento Economico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (“FEMSA”) has announced that Heineken USA and FEMSA Cerveza have extended their existing three-year relationship in the United States for a period of ten years. Heineken will continue to be sole and exclusive importer, marketer and seller of the FEMSA beer brands, Dos Equis, Tecate, Tecate Light, Sol, Bohemia and Carta Blanca in the United States.
The agreement will become effective January 1, 2008 and will run until December 31, 2017. The new agreement sets the conditions for strong volume growth and brand development driven by increased marketing investment while providing attractive business and economic terms for both companies. Heineken will receive an increased share of the profitability while FEMSA will receive a payment for the exclusive distribution rights.
In 2006, Dos Equis has grown 20 percent, Tecate 12 percent and the Dutch portfolio 14 percent by volume. The combined market share of the Dutch portfolio and the FEMSA Mexican portfolio in the imported beer segment in the United States is approximately 29 percent.