Cadbury Schweppes launches Dr Pepper Snapple Group
PLANO Cadbury Schweppes has spun off its Americas Beverages business into a separate company dubbed Dr Pepper Snapple Group, which was initially listed on the New York Stock Exchange May 7.
The DPS brand portfolio includes flavored carbonated soft drinks, ready-to-drink teas, juices, mixers, waters and other premium beverages. According to DPS, three quarters of the company’s volume comes from brands that are either number one or two in their category. The company had 2007 full-year revenues of $5.7 billion.
“Today marks the beginning of a new era for our business. We have a strong and sustainable business model and can leverage our integrated system for future growth,” said Larry Young, president and chief executive officer of DPS. “We have confidence in the beverage industry and we are looking forward to seizing the opportunities as a stand alone company.”
The DPS portfolio includes popular brands such as 7UP, Mott’s, A&W, Sunkist Soda, Hawaiian Punch, Canada Dry, Schweppes, RC Cola, Diet Rite, Squirt, Penafiel, Yoo-hoo, Rose’s, Clamato and Mr & Mrs T mixers.
The DPS business was formed in 2003 by bringing together Cadbury Schweppes’ four separate North American beverage business units: Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Mott’s, Snapple Beverage Group and Bebidas Mexico. This move brought more than 50 brands under a common vision, business strategy and management structure.
In 2006, the company acquired and began integrating three major independent bottling companies (Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group, All-American Bottling Company and Seven Up Bottling Company of San Francisco). The following year, the company acquired Southeast-Atlantic Beverage Corp., then the second largest independent bottling company in the U.S.
JPMorgan to invest in Target credit card business
MINNEAPOLIS Target has announced an agreement under which JPMorgan Chase would invest in Target’s credit card receivables. At closing Target would sell an undivided interest in its credit card receivables to JPMorgan Chase for cash proceeds of approximately $3.6 billion. This interest would represent approximately 47% of the principal amount of Target’s outstanding receivables at that time. This transaction is expected to close before the end of May.
“This unique agreement accomplishes the goals set forth in the review of receivables ownership that we initiated on Sept. 12, 2007,” said Doug Scovanner, evp and cfo of Target. “It provides significant liquidity to Target from a single source unrelated to debt capital markets, provides an appropriate sharing of the portfolio benefits and risks between Target and JPMorgan Chase, and allows our guests to continue to benefit from the creativity and expertise of the world-class team at Target Financial Services. Most importantly, this innovative transaction marks the beginning of a long-term credit card relationship between Target and JPMorgan Chase, which we believe will create substantial financial and strategic rewards for both of us over time.”
On March 12, Target announced that it was in negotiations with an investment partner to sell an undivided interest in approximately half of Target’s credit card receivables for about $4 billion.
Nomoto named Sunkist Global managing director
SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. Michael Nomoto, a veteran exporter from Southern California, has been named managing director of Sunkist’s global sourcing organization, Sunkist Global LLC. He replaces Mark Tompkins who was tapped earlier this year to lead Sunkist’s domestic fresh fruit sales network.
In his new position, Nomoto is responsible for securing production and folding it seamlessly into the Sunkist international sales and delivery network.
Nomoto is a 16-year veteran of Nishimoto Trading, whose U.S. operations are headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, California. As export manager, he procured U.S. grown produce, including citrus, vegetables and tropical fruit, for the Japanese and Chinese markets.