‘We are now well-positioned
to deliver unrivaled value
and choice to our customers’

Hans Roelofs
Chief Executive Officer

Refresco at a glance

Key highlights

Total volume
(millions of liters)

11,046

Gross profit margin

1,731m

Adjusted EBITDA

448m

Invested in
production capabilities

176m

Highlight

Succesful integration

Strategic acquisitions have been a core driver of Refresco’s profitable growth over the past two decades. Since our establishment in 1999, we have completed more than 25 acquisitions, enabling our company to grow in size by twofold or more approximately every four years. However, underpinning our

‘buy and build’ strategy is the careful assimilation of new assets and expertise into our company. By successfully integrating, and then optimizing, new facilities and teams, we have been able to continue increasing in value, as well as scale. Read more >

Trend

Sustainable packaging

Sustainable packaging:
reduce & recycle

Our key packaging materials are PET, liquid paperboard and cans. Our motto for all of these is relatively simple: Reduce & Recycle. We work closely with our suppliers to reduce the total amount of material used and aim for a higher proportion of recycled materials in all of our packaging. In addition, we are participating in a project to develop sustainable plastic bottle packaging from bio materials. We are also continually innovating together with our suppliers to reduce the weight of the aluminium cans and lids we use in our production.

Plastics have made our supply chain much safer than it ever was, but we have to take care of the material so that it can be recycled for new bottles. For PET bottles, separate collection for recycling is necessary, for these to be collected without contamination from other types of waste in a household recycling bin. That will allow us to use the recycled PET material for bottles. We see a need for deposit return systems (DRS) on all PET bottles to achieve this. DRS is a process known as closed-loop recycling and will significantly increase the availability of recycled materials, which reduces reliance on new raw materials needed to produce new beverage containers.

Our key packaging materials are PET, liquid paperboard and cans. Our motto for all of these is relatively simple: Reduce & Recycle. We work closely with our suppliers to reduce the total amount of material used and aim for a higher proportion of recycled materials in all of our packaging. In addition, we are participating in a project to develop sustainable plastic bottle packaging from bio materials. We are also continually innovating together with our suppliers to reduce the weight of the aluminium cans and lids we use in our production.

Plastics have made our supply chain much safer than it ever was, but we have to take care of the material so that it can be recycled for new bottles. For PET bottles, separate collection for recycling is necessary, for these to be collected without contamination from other types of waste in a household recycling bin. That will allow us to use the recycled PET material for bottles. We see a need for deposit return systems (DRS) on all PET bottles to achieve this. DRS is a process known as closed-loop recycling and will significantly increase the availability of recycled materials, which reduces reliance on new raw materials needed to produce new beverage containers.

20 years and counting

Refresco is the world’s largest independent bottler for
retailers and A-brands in Europe and North America.
Operating in more than 60 locations across Europe, the US,
Canada and Mexico, we produce more than 30 million liters
of the world’s favorite drinks each day.

We are building on this bedrock to become a unique beverage solutions provider to retailers and branded beverage companies. We grow our business alongside that of our customers, as we help them to grow, maintaining our focus on operational excellence in our role as the guardian of our customers’ brands.

Refresco’s vision is that, eventually, our drinks will be on every table around the world. To realize this goal, we are continuously exploring new categories and locations with the potential to generate growth, capitalizing on these opportunities through our ‘buy and build’ strategy. We seek out and acquire strategic assets with the potential to add value to our business, and take steps to optimize each new asset to ensure alignment with the Refresco values and culture.

> Our values
The company values are at the heart of everything we do, guiding the way we think and act. Our five values are: entrepreneurial, agile, passionate, responsible and excellent. These values define how we do business, how we interact with each other and with customers, and how we weigh risks and make decisions. They have been essential in getting us where we are today, and will continue to steer us in the right direction, helping us achieve our ambitious goals.

Two platforms for growth

North America

Europe

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