Purchase, N.Y. — (September 30, 2010)— Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages (PCNAB) has named Browning Harvey Limited (BHL) of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, its Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year for 2009. Named for PepsiCo's former chairman and founder, this is the highest honor bestowed upon PCNAB's bottling partners.
BHL was recognized at PCNAB's national bottler meeting at the in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night, September 28, as PCNAB President Tom Benéand Mr. Kendall presented the award to John Patten, BHL’s president. Two other PCNAB bottlers also were acknowledged for the work that made them finalists.
PCNAB’s bottler of the year finalists are nominated based on key criteria, including customer service, community support, volume and sales growth, quality standards and performance against the company's strategic imperatives.
BHL, a Pepsi-Cola bottler for 65 years, earned its nomination for extraordinary marketplace activation and share leadership across all retail channels and beverage categories.
"Browning Harvey’s winning position in their market speaks to their dedication and commitment to our brands, as well as their passion for the communities they serve,” said Bené. “This is an invariably tough competition. I tell anyone who will listen Pepsi-Cola bottlers are the best in the business, and this year, BHL and the Patten family proved to be the best of the best.”
PCNAB presents each finalist with a $5,000 Donald M. Kendall Community Grant,in recognition of their ongoing commitment to their communities. BHL is giving this grant to the Vera Perlin Society, an organization devoted to providing quality service and support for all individuals with developmental disabilities in the St. John’s area.
The other Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year finalists were Northern Bottling Company of Minot, North Dakota and Weinstein Beverage Company of Wenatchee, Washington.
About Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages:
The Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages (PCNAB) is a division of PepsiCo and offers the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that each generates more than $1 billion in annual retail sales. Our main businesses – Frito-Lay, Quaker, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade – also make hundreds of other nourishing, tasty foods and drinks that bring joy to our consumers in more than 200 countries. With annualized revenues of nearly $60 billion, PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth, called Performance with Purpose. By dedicating ourselves to offering a broad array of choices for healthy, convenient and fun nourishment, reducing our environmental impact, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, PepsiCo balances strong financial returns with giving back to our communities worldwide. In recognition of its continued sustainability efforts, PepsiCo was named for the third time to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and for the fourth time to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America) in 2009. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.