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Cott Corporation offloads its S&D Coffee & Tea division for $405m

February 3, 2020
Consumer Packaged Goods

Cott Corporation has entered into an agreement to sell its S&D Coffee and Tea division to Westrock Coffee Company for $405 million, marking its continued transition into a “pure-play water solutions provider”.

The deal follows an announcement made earlier this month in which Cott said it was evaluating ‘strategic alternatives’ for its S&D Coffee and Tea division, including the sale of the unit.

S&D Coffee & Tea is one of the largest custom coffee roasters and one of the largest blenders of iced teas for foodservice and convenience stores in the US.

“The S&D team is known for its dedication, hard work and passion for quality beverages and first-class service to its customers. That commitment is evident to anyone who visits S&D or works with them, and we are confident S&D will continue to thrive under its new ownership,” said Tom Harrington, Cott’s CEO.

Harrington added: “The combination of the sale of S&D, along with the recent announcement of Cott’s acquisition of Primo Water Corporation, positions Cott to be a pure-play water solutions provider with financial metrics more in line with our water peers.”

Earlier this month, Cott announced that it will rebrand its corporate name to Primo Water Corporation. This came after Cott agreed to acquire Primo Water Corporation, in a transaction that values Primo at approximately $775 million.

Over the last year, a number of acquisitions have been made by Cott and its subsidiaries in the water sector as it aims to expand its water solutions.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020 and is subject to a customary working capital adjustment.

By Emma Upshall

Source: FoodBev

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