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Costco to resume carrying Coca-Cola products

BY Allison Cerra

MILWAUKEE It looks like one of the nation’s largest wholesalers has made up with Coca-Cola following a price war, according to reports.

Coca-Cola spokesman Scott Williamson said Thursday that new Coke products should be sent to Costco stores soon, but did not comment further on the matter.

Last month, the Issaquah, Wash.-based retailer announced that would no longer selling the items because of a pricing disagreement with the manufacturer. The issue was made public when Costco displayed signs in its stores to inform customers of the matter.

The beverage giant’s products include Sprite, Dasani water and Full Throttle energy drinks.

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Just Born opens first retail store

BY Allison Cerra

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. Just Born Inc., maker of such candies as Peeps and Mike and Ike, celebrated the opening of its first retail store, Peeps & Company.

In a joint statement, David Shaffer and Ross Born, co-CEOs of Just Born, said, “This is a momentous occasion for Just Born, our family of associates, and fans of our candy. For years, we have seen tremendous growth and excitement for our brands, and received many requests for a store in just the right location. PEEPS & COMPANY™ is proud to join the community near our nation’s capital.”

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group agrees to license certain brands to PepsiCo following acquisition of its largest bottlers

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas A beverage maker has agreed to license certain brands to one of the largest food and beverage companies.

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group said it will allow PepsiCo to distribute Dr Pepper, Crush and Schweppes in the United States; Dr Pepper, Crush, Schweppes, Vernors and Sussex in Canada; and Squirt and Canada Dry in Mexico, on completion of PepsiCo’s proposed acquisitions of The Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas. The new agreement will have an initial term of 20 years, with 20-year renewal periods, and will require PepsiCo to meet certain performance conditions. As part of the transaction, DPS will receive a one-time upfront payment of $900 million, before taxes and other related fees and expenses.

Additionally, in U.S. territories where it has a distribution footprint, DPS will begin selling certain owned and licensed brands, including Sunkist soda, Squirt, Vernors and Hawaiian Punch, that were previously sold by PBG and PAS.

“We’re confident that this new arrangement, which maintains our balanced and flexible routes to market, is in the best interests of our brands and our shareholders,” said Larry Young, president and CEO of DPS. “It demonstrates the value and growth potential of these great brands and strengthens our third-party route to market while benefiting our own Packaged Beverages business. We’re excited to be working with PepsiCo and are confident in the continued long-term growth of our business.”

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