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North America Refranchising Plan Continues to Evolve

Coca-Cola Bottlers in North America continue to make investments with The Coca-Cola Company that will shape our system for long-term success.  New Definitive Agreements and transaction completions for territory and production plants across the US continue.  

Following are highlights of key transactions since our last update in December 2016.  

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Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Co. (Kansas City, MO), completed its transaction for territory in parts of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska, including the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City; and a production facility in Lenexa, KS.

Coca-ColaSWB_LogoArca Continental (AC) of Monterrey, Mexico, closed their transaction on March 31st to establish Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, LLC.   The newly formed Bottler will serve a large area of the Southwest United States, including Texas and parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas. This region includes nine production facilities.  The Coca-Cola Company will be a minority owner of AC Bebidas, which includes Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages as well as AC’s beverage operations elsewhere in Latin America.
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Timber Country Coca-Cola Beverages
 (Roseburg, OR) is acquiring two new counties (Siskiyou and Del Norte) in northern California. Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Roseburg / Douglas County Bottling recently adopted this new title and logo to more closely reflect the new regional size of their distribution area, and where they live, the timber capitol of the nation. 
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Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated,
(Charlotte, NC), completed two closings. The first involved territory in Louisa, Kentucky, and in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, including a production facility in Cincinnati. The second, for territory in Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Anderson, Terre Haute and South Bend, IN.  CCBCC also entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with TCCC, that anticipates exchang­ing certain of its exclusive distribution rights and associated assets and working capital relating to the distribution, promotion, mar­keting and sale of beverage products owned and licensed by The Coca-Cola Company and certain cross-licensed brands located in south-central KY currently served by the CCBCC’s distribu­tion center located in Somerset, Kentucky — for certain like-kind assets of Coca-Cola Refreshments USA.  CCBC Consolidated also signed definitive agreements to further expand their distribution territory within parts of northern OH.  Link to press release for more information.
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Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution LLC
, (GLCC), (Rosemont, IL), reached a Definitive Agreement and closed on territory in eastern Michigan, including a production facility in Detroit.  GLCC ‘s Definitive Agreement for the production facility in Grand Rapids is expected to also close soon.  
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ABARTA Coca-Cola (Pittsburgh, PA) transferred two CCNNELogoterritories — Cleveland, OH to Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated and Buffalo, NY, to Coca-Cola of Northern New England (Bedford, NH) ahead of its current expansion, announced previously.  
SwireUSALogo1 Swire Coca-Cola, USA, reached definitive agreements for additional territory in the Pacific Northwest, including most of Washington, parts of Idaho and most of Oregon. These agreements include production facilities in Bellevue, WA, and Wilsonville, OR.
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Coca-Cola Beverages Florida
, (Tampa) closed on territory in north Florida, including production facilities in Orlando and Jacksonville.

These agreements are all in-step with a plan to refranchise all of The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. bottling territories by the end of this year.   Ultimately, our Coca-Cola system in North America will be comprised of economically aligned bottling partners that have the capability to serve major customers, coupled with the ability to maintain strong, local ties across diverse markets in the United States and Canada.

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