Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England closes on significant acquisition of new territory in Northeast

October 2, 2017

Expansion agreement triples number of employees and gives production and distribution rights in Boston, Providence, Hartford, and much of New York State as company celebrates 40th anniversary.

Bedford, NH – The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England has closed on a deal to acquire territory from The Coca-Cola Company across eight states in the Northeast, including all of New England, upstate and western New York, and a portion of Pennsylvania. The definitive agreement, signed Friday, September 29, comes approximately 18 months after The Coca-Cola Company announced a letter of intent with the bottling partner as part of a broader plan to refranchise operations in North America.

The deal represents a significant expansion for the Bedford, NH-based Coca-Cola of Northern New England (CCNNE). CCNNE will now own and manage operations in several large metropolitan areas, including Boston, Providence, and Hartford as well as Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany, New York. In addition to its legacy footprint that includes a state-of-the-art manufacturing center and ten sales and distribution centers around the region, CCNNE will take over two additional manufacturing plants and 19 distribution centers that were formerly part of Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR), a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company.

“Being part of the iconic Coca-Cola brand has always been tremendously gratifying and humbling for us as a local bottler, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this next chapter of our history,” said CCNNE President Mark Francoeur. “Our hardworking associates are our greatest asset, and I’m beyond proud to welcome over 2,600 new people to the CCNNE family.”

Growing from 1,380 to almost 4,000 associates, CCNNE expects to sell 55 million more cases of beverages annually as a result of the expansion, bringing total volume to about 82 million cases per year. CCNNE will have manufacturing facilities in Londonderry, NH, East Hartford, CT, and Needham Heights, MA. As a total beverage company, CCNNE offers an expansive portfolio of products that includes everything from its namesake Coca-Cola drinks to Dasani waters, smartwater, vitaminwater, Gold Peak teas and coffees, Honest Tea, Powerade sports drinks, Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffees, Minute Maid juices, Zico coconut water, and more.

CCNNE has local roots that date back to a single bottling operation that started 40 years ago in 1977 in Laconia, NH.

The Coca-Cola Company is in the process of refranchising all of its U.S. bottling territories. Ultimately, the system in North America will be comprised of economically aligned bottling partners that are able to serve major customers while maintaining strong, local ties throughout America’s diverse communities.

“CCNNE has built an impressive reputation as our bottling partner in New England and New York State, and their expansion will only help to deepen their community ties in the region,” said J. Alexander “Sandy” Douglas Jr., President, Coca-Cola North America. “We are pleased with the excellent progress we have made in refranchising and the significant investment that this represents for the future of the Coca-Cola system.”

Financial terms of the agreement are not being discussed.

CCNNE prides itself on an unwavering commitment to sustainability and supporting local partnerships in the communities it serves. The company operates a zero-waste production facility in Londonderry, NH, which uses an innovative water management system to recycle approximately 20 million gallons of water annually. It is one of only a few bottling plants in the country to achieve this high standard of environmental stewardship. In 2016, CCNNE recycled 2.8 million pounds of aluminum and 4.6 million pounds of PET plastic. Associates from CCNNE also spend over 120 days per year teaching recycling education and best practices to school groups and community organizations throughout the Northeast.

Key community partners for CCNNE include organizations such as the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, and New Hampshire the Beautiful, a non-profit collaborative that works to prevent litter and promote recycling. CCNNE’s local branches strive to support a diverse range of community events and initiatives through product donations, sponsorships, and employee volunteerism.

About Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England
The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England took flight as a single bottling operation in Laconia, NH, in 1977. Through rapid growth and acquisitions, our modest roots have blossomed into one of the nation’s largest Coca-Cola bottlers. Today, Coca-Cola of Northern New England (CCNNE) employees nearly 4,000 associates and operates 29 sales and distribution centers and 3 production facilities throughout New England and New York State. We embrace sustainable business practices, as evidenced by our zero-waste, state-of-the-art production center in Londonderry, NH, economic empowerment for our associates and their families, and genuine connections to the communities that we are fortunate enough to serve. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan’s Kirin Holdings Company, CCNNE bottles and sells products owned by The Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Monster Energy Corporation, fairlife, and The Moxie Beverage Company. We proudly offer 500 different beverage choices, including over 160 low- and no-sugar varieties. For more information, visit us at www.ccnne.com, and follow CCNNE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. For career opportunities, please visit careers.ccnne.com.

About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest total beverage company, offering over 500 brands to people in more than 200 countries. Of our 21 billion-dollar brands, 19 are available in lower- and no-sugar options to help people everywhere more easily control added sugar. In addition to our namesake Coca-Cola drinks, some of our household names around the world include: AdeS soy-based beverages, Ayataka green tea, Dasani waters, Del Valle juices and nectars, Fanta, Georgia coffee, Gold Peak teas and coffees, Honest Tea, Minute Maid juices, Powerade sports drinks, Simply juices, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater, and Zico coconut water. At Coca-Cola, we’re serious about making positive contributions to our world. That starts with reducing sugar in our drinks and bringing new and different drinks to people everywhere. It also means continuously working to reduce our environmental impact, creating rewarding careers for our associates, and bringing economic opportunity wherever we operate. In fact, together with our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people around the world. For more information, visit our digital magazine Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com and follow The Coca-Cola Company on TwitterInstagramFacebook and LinkedIn.

Contact Information:
Nick Martin
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