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San Mateo Renews Its Image For the PET Bottles and Reduces the Use of Plastic in Its Packaging by 10%

17 January 2014

- The renewal of the bottle and the label shows the origin of the spring
- San Mateo has experienced a growth of 15% in 2013.

Lima, January 16th, 2014.- As part of the innovations carried out in the Backus brand portfolio, San Mateo renews the image of its bottles and labels for the 350 ml, 600 ml, 1.5 l. and 2.5 l. PET bottles, which are being distributed nationwide.

The renewal of the image of the bottles and labels is intended to highlight the purity of the product, as it is bottled in its place of origin. It is worth mentioning that San Mateo is obtained thanks to the filtration of water through the rocks of the Andes, acquiring minerals and creating a natural spring at 10826.8 feet above sea level.

In this regard, Andrés Fernández Velando, Director of San Mateo Brand from Unión de Cervecerías Peruanas Backus y Johnston, said that the new design of the bottle and the label is an update of the brand’s image to highlight its superiority and modernisation, always thinking of its consumers. “This updated packaging is intended to highlight our origin in the spring, which makes our offer superior to other offers in the market,” he said.

San Mateo, a Backus brand, supports the company’s 10 priorities for sustainable development, one of which is a reduction of packaging to reduce the brand’s impact on the environment.  To that end, the new San Mateo packaging uses 10% less plastic than the old design.

It is worth mentioning that San Mateo has exceeded the industry rates, growing 15% in 2013.

About Backus:

Union of Peruvian Breweries and Johnston, is the brewing industry leader in Peru. It has 5 decentralised production plants in Lima (Ate), Arequipa, Cusco, Motupe and Pucallpa, it also has a malt factory and a mineral water plant. It has a portfolio of national and international brands well segmented, that aim to satisfy consumers in more than 180,000 selling points throughout the country.

Backus works with a focus in sustainable development, with the goal of generating shared value with the people that are part of its value chain and the communities in which it operates. That is why all its initiatives and projects aim to generate social inclusion and strategic alliances to favour the efforts and achieve a greater impact in economic, social and environmental terms for the society as a whole.

About San Mateo:

San Mateo spring mineral water comes from the highest summits in the Andes, it’s made for people who are looking out for their health and well being. Only San Mateo gives them the purest water and the necessary minerals needed for physical activity, as it’s filtered by nature and bottled in its source at 10826.8 feet above sea level.

For more information, contact:
Cecilia Quevedo
Comunicaciones Externas Backus - 3113000
Cesar Ibargüen


This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist. 

Note, the news release was first published in its local market on 16th January 2014.


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