Asahi Lifestyle Beverages has been recognised as the PepsiCo APAC Bottler of the Year from a field of 25 manufacturers in the region. The win puts the company (formally Schweppes Australia) in PepsiCo’s top four bottlers in the world.
Pepsico senior director Global Franchise Development Brad Van Dijk said the ability to work with Asahi Lifestyle Beverages (ALB) and deliver innovative, quality brands as well as partnering on sustainability initiatives contributed to its win.
ALB has exclusively manufactured and distributed PepsiCo products in Australia for more than 20 years. In January the companies renewed their bottling partnership for 20 years. As PepsiCo’s exclusive beverage bottler in Australia, ALB looks after its master beverage brands: Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Gatorade, Mountain Dew and 7UP.
ALB CEO Stuart Roberts said the win was a “tremendous honour”.
“It demonstrates our ability to successfully manage strong partnerships that deliver value for partners. This is something we’re proud of.
“Our PepsiCo partnership is enormously important to us because their iconic brands drive business growth for our customers. We look forward to partnering with them for many years to come,” Roberts said.
PepsiCo APAC also recognised a commitment to innovation, including the world-first launch of Pepsi Max Creaming Soda and the release of Mountain Dew No Sugar - building on both businesses’ promise to give consumers more no or low sugar options.