Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Western Division Named PepsiCo’s Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year for 2015
RALEIGH, NC, September 14, 2016NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, September 14, 2016—As part of a special recognition during its national bottler meeting here, PepsiCo North America Beverages (PNAB), a unit of PepsiCo (PEP: NYSE), last night named Pepsi Bottling Ventures (PBV) Western Division, as its Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year for 2015.
Named for PepsiCo’s beloved former chairman, CEO and co-founder, this is the highest honor conferred among PNAB’s independent bottling partners. PBV’s Western Division was one of three finalists recognized for outstanding volume and per capita growth, retail and foodservice execution, customer service, quality standards, community support and performance against PNAB’s strategic imperatives.
PBV President and CEO Paul Finney, PBV Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chris McCool and PBV Western Division Vice President Jimmy Burns accepted the award from Al Carey PepsiCo North America CEO, Kirk Tanner PNAB President and COO, and SVP/GM of PNAB’s Franchise Business Unit Mario Mercurio.
“Our people are second to none when it comes to energy in the field, their ability to execute against the competition and deliver great results,” said Finney.
“PBV’s Western Division team embodies best practices in every aspect of the ‘make, sell and deliver’ equation – the heart, soul and backbone of any strong franchise system,” said Mercurio. “They provide extraordinary customer service in a challenging market while giving back liberally to their community.”
Each year PepsiCo makes a $5,000 donation to a nonprofit community organization of each Donald M. Kendall bottler of the year finalist’s choosing. PBV selected the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest, North Carolina, with whom they have an enduring history of support. “It is critically important for us not only to run a successful business, but to give back to the community,” Finney emphasized, “and Second Harvest is a perfect example of that.”