Ban of bottled water sales on U.S. college campuses restricts freedom of choice for students in terms of beverage vending machines, industry official says
April 16, 2012
– The Beverages Industry find themselves under attack once again. After seeing government anti-obesity campaigns ban the sale of soda in schools, groups are now focusing on bottled water as their next target. Packaged-water is a $22 billion dollar industry in the United States. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Beverages Industry and provides equity research on PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP - News) and Primo Water Corporation (NASDAQ: PRMW - News)
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According to the Ecologist, over 90 universities across the U.S. have either banned or plan to ban bottled water on their campuses. Brown University, which once sold 320,000,000 bottles of water, banned sales in dining halls in 2010. Bottled water has even been banned in places like Grand Canyon National Park.
Chris Hogan, International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) Vice President of Communications, said in a statement "ban on the sale of bottled water on college campuses restricts freedom of choice for students to choose one of the healthiest beverages available in vending machines." Hogan added, "Removing the students' freedom to choose packaged water is a serious issue. Telling students that they can or cannot buy bottled water is a step backwards, especially with the growing rates of obesity and diabetes in the U.S."
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PepsiCo, Inc. recently announced that its first-quarter 2012 earnings conference call and slide presentation for financial analysts and investors will be webcast live over the internet on Thursday, April 26th at 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
Primo Water Corporation announced it has received a commitment from a senior lender to enter into a new long-term $20 million senior revolving credit facility. Also, the Company expects to close a term loan for up to an additional $15 million with a separate lender, secured by certain fixed assets of the Company. The facilities are expected to have a four year term and will include customary terms and covenants, and are expected to close within 30 days. The Company expects to use the loan proceeds to pay off its existing senior credit facility and for general working capital purposes.
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