Refresco’s USD $1.25 billion acquisition of beverage manufacturing business of Cott Corporation

Cott Corporation (NYSE: COT; TSX: BCB) has closed the previously announced sale of its traditional beverage manufacturing business to Refresco (Euronext: RFRG) for USD $1.25 billion.

The transaction includes Cott’s North America, U.K., and Mexico businesses (excluding the RCI International division and its associated concentrate facility as well as the Aimia Foods division).

Cott is a route-based service company with a leading volume-based national presence in the North America and European home and office bottled water delivery industry and a leader in custom coffee roasting, blending of iced tea, and extract solutions for the U.S. foodservice industry. Cott’s platform reaches over 2.3 million customers or delivery points across North America and Europe.

Pestalozzi advised Cott Beverages as Swiss counsel on the deal with a team led by Franz Schubiger (Partner – Corporate / M&A, in picture), Oliver Widmer (Partner – Financial Services), Nils Harbeke (Partner – Tax), assisted by Julia Ramseyer (Associate – Corporate / M&A).


Involved fees earner: Franz Schubiger – Pestalozzi; Julia Ramseyer – Pestalozzi; Oliver Widmer – Pestalozzi; Nils Harbeke – Pestalozzi;

Law Firms: Pestalozzi;

Clients: Cott Corporation;