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Dr Pepper Snapple manufactures and distributes a portfolio of beverage products targeted at consumers, and sold to the mass market via retailers, foodservice chains, distributors, and wholesalers.
Dr Pepper Snapple organises its operations into three business segments:
- Beverage Concentrates, which operates principally a brand ownership business, comprising the manufacture and sales of beverages across the US and Canada, including core brands Dr Pepper, Canada Dry, Crush, Schweppes, Sunkist soda, Sun Drop, RC Cola, and the concentrate form of Hawaiian Punch;
- Packaged Beverages, which operates principally as a brand ownership, manufacturing and distribution business, manufacturing and distributing packaged beverages and other products, including its own brands, third party owned brands and certain private label beverages, in the US and Canada; and
- Latin America Beverages, which operates as brand ownership, manufacturing and distribution business, concerned principally with the Company’s carbonated mineral water, bottled water, and vegetable juice categories in across Latin America.
Dr Pepper Snapple has its roots in a number of companies, with the Company tracing its roots back to the creation of the first soft drink in 1783, when Jean Jacob Schweppe created the world's first carbonated mineral water.
The Company’s flagship brands, Dr Pepper and Snapple, were created more than 100 years later. The former was created by Charles Alderton in 1885, and was served at the drug store where Alderton worked. The drink was later named Dr Pepper, after Dr. Charles Pepper, reportedly a friend of the drug store owner. Snapple was created by three New York-area health food storeowners who began selling their product in health clubs in 1973 through The Unadulterated Food Corporation, which was later renamed Snapple Beverage Corp.
Cadbury Schweppes was formed in 1969 by way of a merger between Cadbury and Schweppes, which went on to secure a substantial portion of the North American beverage market, principally through various acquisitions, including those of the Canada Dry, Sunkist Soda, Crush and Sun Drop brands. In 1995 Cadbury Schweppes purchased Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc, which brought the Dr Pepper and 7UP brands under the Cadbury Schweppes umbrella, and in 2000 acquired Snapple Beverage Group, which included the namesake brand as well as RC Cola.
The Company has since rebranded as Dr Pepper Snapple. It is now one of the largest beverage manufacturing and distribution groups in the world, with extensive operations across the US, Canada, and Mexico, marketing well-known brands such as Dr Pepper, RC Cola, Snapple, and Hawaiian Punch. The Company is ranked 413th on the Fortune 500 list. Dr Pepper Snapple trades shares on the New York Stock Exchange and has a current market capitalization of $16.95 billion.
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Dr Pepper Snapple manufacturers a range of consumer-focused beverage products. These products reach the mass market through the Company’s principal customers, which include:
- Distributors and Wholesalers, comprising national and international distributors, and food and beverage wholesalers;
- Retailers, comprising supermarkets, club stores, vending machines, convenience stores, gas stations, drug chains and dollar stores
- Foodservice Outlets, notably fountain customers such as fast food restaurants, which mix syrup with water and carbonation to create a finished beverage at the point of sale to consumers.
Dr Pepper Snapple includes among its customers many of the largest retailers in the US, notably Walmart, The Kroger Company, Safeway, Target Corporation, and Publix Super Markets, as well as foodservice chains such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, and Wendy’s.
Dr Pepper Snapple principally serves customers across North and Latin America, with the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean its main markets. The Company also serves customers outside of the Americas, principally through distributors in Asia and Europe.
Dr Pepper Snapple provides value to its customers in the following ways:
- Its industry standing and reputation, with the Company one of the largest and most recognisable beverage manufacturers in the world, with an extensive distribution and sales network;
- Its broad portfolio of brands and products, with the Company manufacturing and managing a broad portfolio of popular international beverage brands, including Dr Pepper, Schweppes, Sunkist soda, Sun Drop, and RC Cola;
- Its commitment to encouraging balanced lifestyles, with the Company offering a number of low and no calorie products, as well as reducing calories in its mainstream offerings and packaging its products in smaller sizes; and
- Its customer-centric business model, with the Company working closely with its customers to fulfil their individual needs and requirements.
Dr Pepper Snapple operates a website at www.drpeppersnapplegroup.com, through which it provides information on its brands, activities, and locations. The Company also operates separate websites dedicated to its major brands, including www.sunkist.com and www.rccolainterntaional.com, as well as online stores that sell merchandise under the Company’s numerous brand names.
Dr Pepper Snapple makes sales directly to its customers through its in-house sales force, which is organised geographically, and operates out of the Company’s international network of offices. The Company produces and distributes its products through its own production and distribution channels, comprising 19 manufacturing facilities and 101 principal distribution centres and warehouse facilities in the US, as well as three manufacturing facilities and 12 principal distribution centres and warehouse facilities in Mexico.
In addition, Dr Pepper Snapple warehouses are located at or near bottling plants and are geographically dispersed to ensure that its products are available to meet consumer demand, with the Company offering direct store delivery capabilities. The Company owns or leases its own fleet of 8,500 vehicles across the US and Mexico, but also utilizes the services of third party logistics and distribution providers.
Dr Pepper Snapple offers a small number of its secondary products, notably branded merchandise, directly to consumers on a self-service basis through online channels. The Company, however, does not operate a self-service channel for its core beverage products.
Dr Pepper Snapple’s sales teams deal directly with customers over a period of time to agree the details of sales and distribution contracts. These contracts are typically agreed for a term of several years. The Company has longstanding relationships with its largest customers – including retailer, bottlers, and distributors – and seeks to secure recurring business.
Dr Pepper Snapple provides support to its customers through a range of online resources, such as FAQs. It also provides personalised responses to customer enquiries through a series of online contact forms. The Company also provides information through its news portal, which covers company developments and releases, and operates social media accounts with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube through which it can interact with customers directly.
Dr Pepper Snapple is an owner, manufacturer and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages, primarily across the US, Canada and Mexico, as well as in Asia and Europe through authorized distributors. The Company offers a portfolio of beverage products, comprising flavoured carbonated soft drinks and non-carbonated beverages, including ready-to-drink teas, juices, juice drinks, water and mixers.
Dr Pepper Snapple organises its operations into three business segments: Beverage Concentrates, Packaged Beverages and Latin America Beverages. The Company’s brands include well-known names such as Dr Pepper, Schweppes, Sunkist, RC Cola, and Hawaiian Punch, which the Company sells to a range of customers, including retailers, foodservice chains, distributors, wholesalers, and bottlers.
Dr Pepper Snapple collaborates with various partner companies and organisations throughout the production sales and distribution of its products. These partners include:
- Supplier and Vendor Partners, comprising suppliers of ingredients, tools, services, and technologies, which support the Company’s production and distribution processes;
- Channel Partners, comprising various authorised distributors, and logistics providers that assists in extending the Company’s sales and distribution reach and capabilities;
- Bottling Partners, comprising specialist bottling plants that assist in bottling and packaging the Company’s products;
- Social and Community Partners, comprising non-profits and charitable organisations with which the Company collaborates on social and community projects; and
- Strategic and Alliance Partners, comprising a range of companies with which the Company shares resources and collaborates on joint projects.
Dr Pepper Snapple has a number of partnerships in place, including a product content partnership with Walmart, a co-branding and marketing partnership with Marvel, and a recycling and environmental partnerships with Keep America Beautiful.
Dr Pepper Snapple’s key resources are its brands and intellectual properties, its manufacturing facilities and supply chain, its warehousing and distribution infrastructure – including its fleet of delivery vehicles, its sales channels, its partnerships, and its personnel.
As noted above, Dr Pepper Snapple owns and leases a number of properties and facilities as part of its distribution and logistics infrastructure, including 19 manufacturing facilities and 101 principal distribution centres and warehouse facilities in the US, and three manufacturing facilities and 12 principal distribution centres and warehouse facilities in Mexico. The Company also owns and leases more than 8,000 distribution vehicles.
Dr Pepper Snapple owns a number of intellectual properties that it deems material to its operations, including a portfolio of around 2,100 trademark applications and registrations in the US, Canada, and Mexico, as well as outside the Americas. These trademarks cover its major brands, including Dr Pepper, Sunkist, and RC Cola.
Dr Pepper Snapple incurs costs in relation to the development of its products, the manufacture of its products – including the acquisition of supplies and ingredients, the operation of its distribution and logistics infrastructure, the implementation of advertising and marketing campaigns, the operation and maintenance of its distribution vehicles – including fuel costs, the operation of its sales channels, the management of its partnerships, and the retention of its personnel.
In 2015 the Company incurred selling, general and administrative expenses in the amount of $2,31 billion and cost of sales in the amount of $2.56 billion. This included research and development costs totaling $19 million and advertising and marketing expenses amounting to $473 million.
Dr Pepper Snapple generates revenue through the production and sale of various beverage products, agreed through sales and distribution agreements with fixed or determinable pricing structures.
In 2015 Dr Pepper Snapple recorded annual net sales of $6.28 billion, up slightly on the $6.12 billion generated by the Company in 2014. The majority of the Company’s sales were attributed to its Packaged Beverages segment, which alone recorded annual sales of $5.54 billion. The bulk of the Company’s remaining sales came through its Beverage Concentrates segment, which recorded sales of $1.24 billion for the year.
info: Larry (“Young”) has served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Dr Pepper Snapple since 2007. Young first joined the Company in 2006 as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company’s newly formed Bottling Group division, following its acquisition of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group, where he had served as President and Chief Executive Officer. In this position he had led the company’s led its spinoff from Cadbury Schweppes. Young has worked within the beverage industry for close to 40 years. This includes a period of more than 25 years at PepsiCo, where he held numerous roles, including spells at PepsiAmericas and Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers, where he began working as a driver but ultimately served as President and Chief Operating Officer.
info: Marty (“Ellen”) has served as Chief Financial Officer at Dr Pepper Snapple since joining the Company in 2010. He is responsible for the Company's finance and IT organisations. Ellen has more than 25 years of experience in the manufacturing, distribution, franchising and services industries. Prior joining Dr Pepper Snapple, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Snap-on Incorporated, a global manufacturer and marketer of tools, software, and service solutions for professionals. He earlier served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Whitman Corporation, which then owned Pepsi Cola General Bottlers. Ellen began his career as a senior audit manager at global professional services firm Price Waterhouse.
info: Jim (“Trebilcock”) has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Dr Pepper Snapple since 2016. Trebilcock first joined Dr Pepper Snapple in 1987 as brand manager for Cherry 7UP. He went on to rise through the Company’s ranks, going on to hold the positions of Director of Promotions, Vice President of Marketing and Senior Vice President of Marketing Services. In 2003, Trebilcock was appointed Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing, a position he held until being promoted to Executive Vice President of Marketing in 2008. Before joining Dr Pepper Snapple, Trebilcock held several regional sales and marketing positions at Coca-Cola Bottling Company, prior to which he began his marketing career at General Mills, as a member of the company’s Big G Cereal Division.
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