Cott Corp., Toronto and Tampa, Fla., announced that DS Services of America Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cott, substantially acquired all of the assets of WG America Co. and certain affiliated companies: The Water Guy.
The acquisition of The Water Guy, a provider of water solutions and office coffee service to residential and commercial customers, will grow the customer base of DS Services by more than 7,500 in eastern and central Pennsylvania, northern Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. The Water Guy has become one of the largest independent distributors in the mid-Atlantic since its founding in 1990, growing its footprint and loyal customer base through organic growth and acquisitions.
Customers of The Water Guy now will be served by Crystal Springs, the DS Services brand in the region, and will be able to select additional products for their orders, including coffee and tea, sparkling water beverages such as LaCroix, and premium water products such as Mountain Valley Spring and FIJI water, where available.
“The Water Guy shares our commitment to quality products and superior customer service and offers the opportunity to further increase route density,” said Dave Muscato, president of DS Services, in a statement. “We are excited to welcome the Water Guy customers and associates to the Crystal Springs family.”
Bryan and Douglas Shinn, owners of The Water Guy added: “DS Services was the natural partner when we decided to sell our business. Their expanded portfolio of hydration solutions and commitment to serving customers will benefit our customers with even more beverage options delivered where they live and work.”