Dr Pepper Snapple Group Signs New Agreements with the Coca-Cola Company

Agrees to license Dr Pepper and Canada Dry in certain U.S. markets following The Coca-Cola Company's planned acquisition of Cola-Cola Enterprises' North American Bottling Business

Expands Fountain Relationship to Increase Presence of Dr Pepper and Diet Dr Pepper in Local Fountain and Freestyle Accounts

Jun 07, 2010, 08:00 ET from Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.

PLANO, Texas, June 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) today announced that it has agreed to license certain brands to The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) on completion of KO's proposed acquisition of Coca-Cola Enterprises' (NYSE: CCE) North American Bottling Business.  In addition, KO will offer Dr Pepper and Diet Dr Pepper in local fountain accounts currently serviced by CCE and will include Dr Pepper and Diet Dr Pepper on its Freestyle fountain dispenser.  

Under new licensing agreements, KO will distribute Dr Pepper in the U.S. and Canada Dry in the Northeast U.S. where they are currently distributed by CCE.  The new agreements will have an initial term of 20 years, with 20-year renewal periods, and will require KO to meet certain performance conditions.  KO will continue to distribute Canada Dry, C'Plus and Schweppes in Canada.  

Additionally, in certain U.S. territories where it has a manufacturing and distribution footprint, DPS will begin selling Squirt, Canada Dry, Schweppes and Cactus Cooler, which are currently sold by CCE.  

"These agreements build a strong foundation for the continued growth of Dr Pepper and our leading flavor brands," said Larry Young, president and CEO of DPS.  "It solidifies Coke's support of the Dr Pepper trademark while enabling us to optimize our route-to-market by assuming distribution of several key brands.  Additionally, we're increasing our fountain presence, enabling millions of consumers to sample our brands each day – a great win for Dr Pepper."  

As part of these transactions, DPS will receive a one-time cash payment of $715 million before taxes, fees and other related expenses.  This upfront payment is net of the investment in the Freestyle fountain program, which is estimated at $115 million to $135 million.

These transactions are subject to KO completing its planned acquisition of CCE's North American bottling business.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) is the leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 9 of our 12 "power brands" are No. 1 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes Sunkist soda, 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Crush, Mott's, Squirt, Hawaiian Punch, Penafiel, Clamato, Schweppes, Venom Energy, Rose's and Mr & Mrs T mixers. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit www.drpeppersnapple.com.  

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