For a family-run company that has been in the beverage business for more than a century, Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Atlantic, Iowa, is by no means stuck in the past. Late last year, the company grew from two locations to nine, expanding its territory to cover most of Iowa and portions of adjoining states. As part of the acquisition, Atlantic also has accelerated its shift to end-load equipment, including the recent purchase of 16 new Kenworth T370 tractors and 13 new trailers.
Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. and Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), Leuven, Belgium, have reached an agreement regarding the transition of AB InBev's 54.5 percent equity stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) for $3.15 billion, after customary adjustments.
Nashville, Tenn.-based Heroes Vodka, a veteran-owned premium vodka made from 100 percent American grain, announced a partnership with Cincinnati-based Heidelberg Distributing Co. to bring its vodka to Ohio and Kentucky, expanding the brand’s availability to 15 states nationwide. Founded in 2011 by U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Travis McVey, Heroes Vodka is part of the R.S. Lipman Co. portfolio of brands.
Long-term agreement will focus on national distribution plans for craft brewer’s portfolio
December 15, 2016
New Holland Brewing Co. Founder and President Brett VanderKamp and Pabst Brewing Co. (PBC) Chairman Eugene Kashper announced that the two companies will enter into a long-term partnership agreement, effective first quarter 2017. The partnership will focus on the national distribution and sales of the Holland, Mich.-based craft brewer’s full portfolio of beers.
Celsius Holdings Inc., Boca Raton, Fla., manufacturer of the dietary supplement brand CELSIUS, announced an expansion in the Asian market in partnership with the Hong Kong-based A.S. Watson Group (ASW).
Companies extend Master Distributor Agreement to 2028
August 26, 2016
The Portland, Ore.-based Craft Brew Alliance Inc. (CBA) and Anheuser-Busch (AB), St. Louis, announced a series of new commercial agreements that expand and strengthen the companies’ long-term relationship and create new growth opportunities for both companies, they say. The agreements include an amended and extended master distribution agreement, a new contract brewing arrangement, and a new international distribution agreement.
Distribution deal places cold-pressed lemonades in 250 Sprouts locations
August 22, 2016
New York-based Honeydrop Beverages announced that its cold-pressed honey lemonades now are available at 250 Sprouts Farmers Market stores nationwide. The specialty grocery chain will carry three Local Raw Honey Lemonade flavors:
Beginning this fall, Los Angeles-based Pabst Brewing Co. will distribute nationwide Bozeman, Mont.-based Dog Tag Brewing Foundation’s Legacy Lager. Sales of Legacy Lager benefits charities created or selected by Gold Star Families, it says.
Just as his 3-year-old thoroughbred Outwork thundered down the race track at the Kentucky Derby earlier this year, BODYARMOR Co-Founder and Chairman Mike Repole is in his own race as he aims to beat the competition in the $11.2 billion global sports drinks market.
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