Sunny Delight to upgrade, acquire facilities

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CINCINNATI — Sunny Delight Beverages Co. is investing more than $70 million to upgrade all of its North American manufacturing facilities and data systems and to acquire a plant from The J.M. Smucker Co.

The investment involves upgrades at its five plants. Terms of the acquisition of a Sherman, Texas, plant from the J.M. Smucker Co. were not disclosed. Sunny Delight had been leasing space at the Sherman plant since 2004.

“The North American supply chain and data system upgrades and our purchase of the Sherman plant will improve corporate profitability, manufacturing efficiency and our environmental footprint,” said Ellen Iobst, senior vice-president of manufacturing and technology. “Specifically, this investment will lower our costs via ‘no touch’ robotic warehousing at each site and will further enhance our sustainability efforts through upgraded, consumer preferred packages that require less material and energy to produce. The results will be more highly efficient beverage operations across North America better capable of producing our seven brands and meeting our retailers’ and consumers’ needs.”

The company also is planning the sale of its Western European Sunny Delight juice business to Orangina Schweppes, a fruit drink firm in Western Europe.

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