Admiral Beverage and affiliated companies have been quenching the thirst of the Pepsi generation for over 50 years. Thanks to a chance meeting with a Denver Pepsi-Cola bottler in 1945, Newell Sargent decided to leave his employment at George W. Clayton College for Boys and venture into the soft drink business. A two year search for a small bottling plant led Mr. Sargent and his wife, Mabel, to Worland, Wyoming. The Sergeants’ sold their home and borrowed money from both of their parents and an aunt and purchased the Worland Bottling Plant. They opened for business as Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company in June of 1947. The one-production line operation bottled two flavors, Pepsi-Cola and Nesbitt Orange. In the early days in Worland, Mr. Sargent batched and Mrs. Sargent ran the twelve spout Diamond filler. Two full time employees completed the work force that produced, sold and distributed 1100 cases a week. It was a modest beginning to a group of affiliated companies that now employ over 1600 employees with 35 facilities operating in an eight state region, and producing 48 flavors and brands in bottles and cans. Continue Reading
Admiral Beverage Corporation of Provo, Utah, Named PepsiCo’s Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year for 2012
CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2013 — Admiral Beverage Corporation of Provo, Utah, has been named the Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year for 2012, attaining the highest honor bestowed upon independent franchise bottlers within PepsiCo Americas Beverages’ (PAB) bottling system.
“I’m thrilled to accept this award on behalf of all the hard-working, service-oriented professionals at our Provo location,” said Kelly Clay, president and CEO of Admiral Beverage. “I’ve always believed that if we take care of our people, they’ll take care of our brands. I am truly overjoyed that all of that effort has been recognized in so magnificent a way.”
The only thing better than the award itself, Clay added, “is that every day we have the opportunity to go out there into the marketplace to keep and build our customers’ trust and respect. It’s what we do.”
“Admiral Beverage’s success in and around Provo is a testament to getting both the big picture and the small details right,” Mercurio said. “They know how to win new business, grow existing business and look out for the best interests of their community. Pepsi’s independent franchise bottlers are an outstanding group and, in the past year, nobody’s stood out more than Kelly and his Provo team. When it comes to making, selling and delivering our products and packages, they are absolutely best-in-class.”
The Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year Award was established in 1994 to honor the Pepsi-Cola bottlers in the United States and Canada who perform best across a string of key criteria, including outstanding volume and per capita growth, retail and foodservice execution, customer service, quality standards, performance against PAB’s strategic imperatives and, importantly, community support. Since 2010, when PepsiCo re-entered the North American bottling business, the award has been dedicated exclusively to honoring the company’s independent franchise bottler partners.
It is our mission to be an effective partner in the communities that we serve by meeting the needs of our business partners (owners, customers, employees and organization) by producing and distributing high quality products with superior service.
The Worland, Wyo.-based company manufactures and distributes PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) brands, and distributes MillerCoors brands.
In total, the company distributes just less than 1,600 SKUs in its nine-state territory, mainly consisting of the country’s mountain states. In addition to Wyoming, Utah, Montana, South Dakota, Idaho, Colorado and New Mexico, Admiral Beverage distributes in Alaska and parts of Texas. But it all started in Wyoming. Continue Reading