Keurig Dr Pepper Expands DSD Operations With Kalil Bottling Acquisition

 Keurig Dr Pepper Expands DSD Operations With Kalil Bottling Acquisition

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is expanding its direct-store delivery (DSD) reach through a bottling and distribution acquisition of independent bottler Kalil Bottling Co.

The transaction includes Kalil’s Arizona production, sales, and distribution for key KDP brands like Canada Dry, 7UP, A&W, Snapple, and Core Hydration, serving 7.4 million consumers across 4,500 retail locations. 

KDP gains access to a Tucson production facility, along with distribution centers in Tucson and Tempe. The company will be adding on about 425 employees as a result, and will be working with Kalil on workforce recruitment. 

The acquisition, said CEO Tim Cofer, will strengthen the company’s national DSD capabilities, providing added opportunities for enhanced scale and brand building in a fast-growing region for beverages. 

“Amplifying our route to market advantage is a key investment priority for KDP, and this strategic move will extend our system’s reach while providing us more direct insight into the local consumer base and stronger retail collaboration,” he added. 

As KDP bolsters its DSD strategy, the company has made leadership changes to support the effort. Last November, the company named Andrew Archambaul its president of U.S. refreshment beverages, a new role leading the company’s nationwide direct store delivery network.

“Kalil has been an amazing independent bottling partner to KDP for decades, and we look forward to continuing Kalil’s commitment to service excellence for our Arizona customers and consumers,” said Archambault in a statement. “As we continue to optimize the best possible route to market throughout the U.S. for our portfolio of leading brands, we are thrilled about adding the first KDP-owned manufacturing, sales, and distribution operation in the state.” 

The Kalil transaction is expected to finalize in Q3 of 2024. 

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