ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Coca-Cola Company today announced that it has reached distribution agreements with its bottling partners and glacéau distributors for its newly acquired glacéau brands.
Coca-Cola Bottlers representing 99 percent of the Company’s U.S. bottler-delivered volume have signed on to distribute the glacéau portfolio. Several current glacéau distributors, including Big Geyser (New York City), Haralambos (Los Angeles County), Kalil (primarily Arizona), John Lenore & Company (San Diego County) and Honickman (portions of several mid-Atlantic states) will also continue distribution of the glacéau portfolio in these territories. In certain channels such as club stores, natural food stores, and certain foodservice customers, distribution of the glacéau portfolio of brands will be managed directly by Coca-Cola North America’s glacéau unit.
“The completion of these agreements with our bottling partners is an excellent example of Coca-Cola system strength and cooperation,” said Muhtar Kent, president and chief operating officer, The Coca-Cola Company. “The powerful combination of our Coca-Cola bottling partners and these glacéau distributors will allow us to continue to accelerate glacéau’s impressive growth well into the future. This operating model will appropriately benefit our system, bring value to our customers and deliver attractive returns to our shareowners.”
Distribution of glacéau products through these bottlers and distributors is expected to begin before the end of this year. “This is an important step forward for our company and our bottling system and a tribute to the shared vision of success within the Coca-Cola system in the U.S.,” said Sandy Douglas, president, Coca-Cola North America. “The glacéau brands are among the fastest growing in North America, and the marriage of these great brands with the world’s finest selling and distribution system will allow us to introduce them to even more thirsty consumers.”
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