US-based carbonated soft drink producer Coca-Cola Company has restructured its North American bottling operations.
As part of the development, the company has expanded its territories to include three bottlers in Arkansas and Missouri.
The company has also added a new independent bottler, Manna, to its bottling operations.
Manna founder Ulysses Junior Bridgeman signed a letter of intent to acquire territory from the company in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska.
The new bottling company will also acquire a production facility in Lenex.
Upon closing the deal, Manna will work alongside Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution and Coca-Cola Beverages Florida.
The move is part of the company’s strategy to refranchise all of its bottling territories by the end of 2017.
The company claims to have reached agreements to meet 50% of the target.
Last year, Corinth Coca-Cola expanded into the west Tennessee cities of Jackson and Paris.
The company formed a new National Product Supply System (NPSS) in an effort to streamline its production in the US.
Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR) has linked its independent producing bottlers, Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated, Coca-Cola Bottling Company United and Swire Coca-Cola USA (Swire) under the NPSS.