ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwired – May 4, 2015) – DS Services of America, Inc. (DS Services), a subsidiary of Cott Corporation (Cott) (NYSE: COT) (TSX: BCB) and a leading bottled water, coffee and tea direct-to-consumer services provider and owner of Sparkletts® bottled drinking water, is entering the fast-growing sparkling beverage category with two new line extensions: Sparkletts® Sparkling Water, a refreshing, zero-calorie, lightly flavored sparkling beverage, and Sparkletts® ice, a zero-calorie sparkling beverage with a variety of fruit flavors. Both products roll out to retailers as well as home and office delivery customers starting May 2015.
DS Services is introducing Sparkletts Sparkling Water and Sparkletts ice to compete in this fast-growing sparkling beverage category. According to Nielsen, flavored sparkling beverages are now the fastest-growing segment of the beverage category in chain supermarkets and have surpassed the unflavored sparkling beverage segment in size.
“Consumers are choosing flavored sparkling beverages for their zero-calorie, great-tasting refreshment,” says Brian Miller, Chief Commercial Officer, DS Services. “Sparkletts Sparkling Water and Sparkletts ice are our opportunity to support this consumer demand with popular flavors in convenient, on-the-go package sizes that are priced competitively with other sparkling beverage options in the market.”
Sparkletts Sparkling Water will be available in an unflavored option as well as two flavored options: Simply Sparkling, a flavor-free choice, Lemon Lime flavor and Raspberry flavor. Sparkletts ice flavors will include Pink Grapefruit, Black Raspberry and Orange Mango.
Please visit water.com/sparkling for more information about Sparkletts Sparkling Water and Sparkletts ice.
ABOUT COTT CORPORATION AND DS SERVICES OF AMERICA, INC.
Cott is one of the world’s largest producers of beverages on behalf of retailers, brand owners and distributors, and has one of the broadest distribution networks in the United States, with the ability to service approximately 90 percent of U.S. households, as well as national, regional and local offices.
Cott produces multiple types of beverages in a variety of packaging formats and sizes, including carbonated soft drinks, 100% shelf stable juice and juice-based products, clear, still and sparkling flavored waters, energy drinks and shots, sports drinks, new age beverages, ready-to-drink teas, beverage concentrates, liquid enhancers, freezables and ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages, as well as hot chocolate, coffee, malt drinks, creamers/whiteners and cereals. Cott’s large manufacturing footprint, broad distribution network, substantial research and development capability and high-level of quality and customer service enables Cott to offer its customers a strong value-added proposition of low cost, high quality products and services. In addition, Cott is now a national direct-to-consumer provider of bottled water, office coffee and water filtration services offering a comprehensive portfolio of beverage products, equipment and supplies to approximately 1.5 million customer locations through its network of over 200 sales and distribution facilities and daily operation of over 2,100 routes.
With approximately 9,500 employees, Cott operates approximately 60 manufacturing facilities and 180 distribution facilities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico. Cott also develops and manufactures beverage concentrates, which it exports to approximately 50 countries around the world.