Cott Corporation acquires Dutch beverage company Viteau International

CANADA – Cott Corporation through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Eden Springs has acquired a leading supplier of bottled water and point-of-use filtration services in the Netherlands, Viteau International.

The acquisition of Viteau strengthens Eden Springs’ density in the region to include 6,500 machines on location, 4,000 of which are bottled water coolers and 2,500 are point-of-use filtration.

“Viteau is one of the leading water suppliers in the Netherlands and has built a strong reputation with their customers,” said Antonio Alarcon, President of Eden Springs Continental Europe.

“This acquisition strengthens our commercial customer base and further leverages our leading market position in the region. We are pleased to welcome Viteau’s customers to the Eden Springs platform and look forward to supplying their hydration needs.”

Benno Kuijf, owner of Viteau said: “We are pleased that our customers will continue to receive high quality products and service from Eden Springs.

“The strength of the Eden Springs platform and their commitment to excellence made Eden Springs the perfect choice to continue serving our customers.”

Cott is leading provider of home and office bottled water delivery services in North America and Europe and a leader in custom coffee roasting for the US food service industry.

The company acquired Eden Springs in 2016 for around US$525 million, to support its diversification strategy and expand its operations in “Better for You” products and home and office delivery water, coffee, tea and filtration services in the Europeean market.

Expansion in America

Cott Corporation has also announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, DS Services of America has acquired “substantially all of the assets” of WG America Company and certain affiliated companies, The Water Guy.

The acquisition of The Water Guy, a leading provider of water solutions and office coffee service to residential and commercial customers, will grow the customer base of DS Services by more than 7,500 in eastern and central Pennsylvania, northern Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.

Notably, The Water Guy has become one of the largest independent distributors in the mid-Atlantic since its founding in 1990, growing its footprint and customer base through organic growth and acquisitions.

Cott said that customers of The Water Guy will now be served by Crystal Springs, the DS Services brand in the region, and will be able to select additional products for their orders, including coffee and tea, sparkling water beverages.

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