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Refresco Gerber Expands Co-packing Activities With Acquisition of PepsiCo Bottling Facility in Germany

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Refresco Gerber Expands Co-packing Activities With Acquisition of PepsiCo Bottling Facility in Germany

Refresco Gerber Expands Co-packing Activities With Acquisition of PepsiCo Bottling Facility in Germany
February 29
16:08 2016

Refresco Gerber, the leading European bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices for retailers and A-brand owners, has agreed to acquire the PepsiCo bottling facility in Hamburg, Germany, for an undisclosed sum.

PepsiCo is one of Europe’s leading food and beverage companies, offering many market-leading brands, including international household names such as Pepsi, Punica and Lipton.

Hans Roelofs, chief executive of Refresco Gerber.

Hans Roelofs, chief executive of Refresco Gerber.

The acquisition fits Refresco Gerber’s buy & build strategy and further strengthens its footprint in the German soft drinks and fruit juices market. Included in the terms of agreement is a 10-year co-packing agreement with PepsiCo.

Hans Roelofs, chief executive of Refresco Gerber, says: “This transaction lies at the heart of our buy & build strategy and confirms our focus on expanding our co-packing business. It further strengthens our relationship with one of our key customers PepsiCo, for whom we already provide co-packing activities in France, Spain, Benelux and the UK.”

He adds: “Germany is an important region for Refresco Gerber and with this acquisition, we take an important leap forward in our German co-packing activities and further improve our market presence.”

It is anticipated that the acquisition, which is subject to approval by the German competition authority, will be completed during the second quarter of 2016.

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