CLEARLY CANADIAN BEVERAGE CORPORATION (OTCBB:CCBEF) today announced that its US subsidiary, CC Beverage (U.S.) Corporation, has expanded their distribution agreement with Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group, Inc. (“DPSUBG”) of Dallas, Texas, to market, distribute and sell Clearly Canadian sparkling flavoured water in all of its distribution territories throughout the United States. This new agreement provides for distribution of the Clearly Canadian brand in 22 States, including existing territories covered by Seven-Up/RC Bottling Company of Southern California, Inc. and the American Bottling Company, and the addition of Dr. Pepper Bottling Company of Texas for the States of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
“This significant agreement to take brand Clearly Canadian system-wide within the DPSUBG portfolio completes our efforts to broaden our relationship with this extraordinary distribution partner. This provides both parties with a long term commitment and a strategic alliance that enables us to grow together in the future. The new arrangement also provides brand Clearly Canadian with greater marketing and promotional focus within one of the strongest distribution systems in the United States. We look forward to working closely with DPSUBG to expand availability of the Clearly Canadian brand in all of their markets,” said Brent Lokash, President, Clearly Canadian Beverage Corporation. “We believe that DBSUBG’s expertise, resources and established New Age and CSD portfolio positions them well to effectively market, distribute and sell brand Clearly Canadian. We also believe that our Company’s strong support alongside Clearly Canadian’s premium image and prebuilt positive consumer awareness should provide an advantage in DPSUBG’s efforts to expand availability within their territory,” said Lokash.
Under the new agreement, DPSUBG will distribute five flavours of Clearly Canadian sparkling water packaged in its distinctive 14 oz. (414 mL) glass bottle.
About Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group, Inc.
Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group (DPSUBG) is the largest manufacturer, marketer and distributor in the US independent bottling system (IBS) of carbonated soft drinks, new age beverages and bottled water. Its bottling portfolio consists of more than 40 brands including brands such as Dr Pepper, 7 UP, Sunkist, A&W, Canada Dry and Welch’s, as well as the company’s proprietary brand of bottled water, Deja Blue. The company sells its products packaged in cans or bottles to retail customers including chain and independent supermarkets, drug stores, convenience stores and mass merchandisers, as well as via vending machines and fountains units. DPSUBG operates territories in 22 states including Texas, Southern California and the Midwest.
About Clearly Canadian
Based in Vancouver, B.C., Clearly Canadian Beverage Corporation markets premium alternative beverages and products, including Clearly Canadian(R) sparkling flavoured water and Clearly Canadian O+2(R) oxygen enhanced water beverage which are distributed in the United States, Canada and various other countries. Additional information about Clearly Canadian may be obtained on the world wide web at www.clearly.ca.
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