Purchase, NY, – Longtime metro-New York-area Pepsi bottler Harold A. Honickman, chairman of Pepsi-Cola and National Brand Beverages, last night received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Pepsi-Cola North America (PCNA). Recognizing his outstanding career, community involvement and spirit of innovation, the award was presented by Donald M. Kendall, co-founder and chairman emeritus of PepsiCo, during a get-together of eastern region Pepsi bottlers and PCNA officials at the company’s Purchase, NY, headquarters.
Describing Honickman as “an individual of extraordinary passion and achievement,” Kendall noted that “independent bottlers are the backbone of any strong franchise system,” adding, “Harold has invested his heart and soul into this enterprise, as well.
“He is truly passionate about the business,” Kendall continued. “It’s a wonderful quality that runs in the family – as clearly witnessed in Harold’s son Jeff (chief executive officer of Pepsi-Cola and National Brand Beverages). And it’s one of the reasons Pepsi-Cola has grown and prospered for so many years.”
While celebrating the elder Honickman’s legacy of achievements, PCNA also feted the bottler’s 20th anniversary of running the Pepsi franchise in New York City – “one of the very toughest markets in the world,” according to Kendall.
Beyond New York City’s five boroughs, Honickman also runs Pepsi bottling and distribution operations in Westchester County and Pennsauken, NJ. He began his career in 1957, with the purchase of the Pepsi-Cola franchise in Pennsauken. Pepsi-Cola and National Brand Beverages today is one of the largest privately owned bottling and distribution organizations in the United States.
In addition to his beverage industry acumen, Kendall lauded Honickman for “partnering with government and community leaders and giving back where it matters most – locally.” Supporting projects that promote the arts, health, education and social change, Honickman founded the Honickman Foundation with his wife Lynne. Just one example of their dedication is the Honickman Learning Center, which opened this past April in partnership with Project HOME and the Comcast Corporation in Philadelphia. The Learning Center offers programs for kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as adult learning and workforce development initiatives.
Based on the belief that creativity enriches contemporary society, the Honickman Foundation also supports photography and poetry, working with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University as well as the American Poetry Review.
“Harold has made a great, enduring impact in the neighborhoods where his people – Pepsi Honickman people – work and live,” Kendall concluded. “He brings out the best in all of us, and we are very proud to be his partner.”
Purchase, NY-based Pepsi-Cola North America (www.pepsi.com) is the $4 billion refreshment beverage division of PepsiCo (www.pepsico.com) in the United States and Canada. Its US brands include Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Twist, Pepsi ONE, Pepsi Edge, Pepsi Vanilla, Wild Cherry Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mountain Dew Code Red, Mountain Dew LiveWire, Mug, Sierra Mist, Slice, Aquafina, SoBe and Dole single-serve juices. The company also makes and markets North America’s bestselling ready-to-drink iced teas and coffees, respectively, via joint ventures with Lipton and Starbucks.