Dothan Coca-Cola joins Coca-Cola UNITED

Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED Announces Closing of Transaction with The Coca-Cola Company in Dothan, Alabama

Dothan Sales Center photoDOTHAN, AL, November 24, 2014 – Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, headquartered in Birmingham, AL, announced today, it closed the transaction with The Coca-Cola Company expanding the company’s territory into the Dothan, Alabama area.           Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED began operating the new territory acquired in the transaction effective November 22, 2014. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

This transaction follows The Coca-Cola Company’s announcement last year, in which it signed Letters of Intent to grant new, expanded territories to five U.S. bottlers: Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED Inc., Swire Coca-Cola USA, Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country and Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works Inc.

“These are exciting times for Dothan Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola UNITED as we begin our journey together. It is an honor to continue the rich tradition that Coca-Cola has built within this community,” said Larry Cobb, Sales Center Manager, Dothan Coca-Cola Bottling Company. “I look forward to providing superior service to our customers, and refreshing the great people of Dothan with the number one soft drink in the world. There’s nothing like Dothan peanuts and an ice cold Coca-Cola!”

“The Dothan area is pleased to welcome Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED to our city.  UNITED and the people of Dothan share a common set of values and a deep sense of community,” said Mike Schmitz, Mayor of Dothan, Alabama. “This foundation will be the platform for a valuable partnership with Dothan Coca-Cola for many years.”

Coca-Cola UNITED, founded in 1902, is committed to its employees, consumers, customers and communities. Currently, Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED has locations in seven southeastern states employing approximately 3,800 associates.

About Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc.:

Founded in 1902, Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc. is the third largest Coca-Cola bottling company in the United States and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Coca-Cola UNITED currently operates in the following 27 locations: ALABAMA: Birmingham, Cullman, Dothan, Evergreen, Montgomery, Oxford, Scottsboro, Tuscaloosa, Carbon Hill (“West Alabama”); GEORGIA: Augusta, Brunswick, McRae, Milledgeville, Savannah, Statesboro, Waycross, West Point; FLORIDA: Pensacola, Valparaiso; LOUISIANA: Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles; MISSISSIPPI: Gulfport, Hattiesburg, McComb; SOUTH CAROLINA: Spartanburg; TENNESSEE: Chattanooga.

Coca-Cola UNITED is engaged principally in the production, marketing and distribution of Coca-Cola®, Coke Zero®, Diet Coke®, Sprite®, Dr Pepper®, Fanta®, Dasani®, Powerade®, Minute Maid®, vitaminwater® and other beverages under exclusive agreements from The Coca-Cola Company and other soft drink manufacturers.  For more information, visit www.cocacolaunited.com.