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Issue Date: Vol. 50, No. 7, July 2010, Posted On: 7/12/2010


Primo Buys Culligan's Water Vending Business


Emily Jed
Emily@vendingtimes.net
Culligan International, Culligan water, Primo Water Corp., bottled water service, office refreshments, water vending, vending machine, vending machine business, office coffee service

ROSEMONT, IL -- Culligan International Co. has sold its vended water business to Primo Water Corp. (Winston-Salem, NC) for $105 million. The transaction is expected to close later this year.

Culligan's water vending business, Culligan Store Solutions LLC, provides self-serve retail vending of filtered drinking water, empty refillable water bottles and store-use filtered drinking water services at approximately 4,500 retail locations in the U.S. and Canada. Its primary customers include large retailers like Walmart, Safeway, Kroger and Target.

Primo Water markets a wide range of water coolers for home and office use. Its three- and five-gallon water is available at more than 7,000 of the nation's retailers through a bottle-exchange program.

Headquartered in the Chicago area, Culligan, a leader in water filtration, maintains offices in 11 countries. It has licensees in more than 90 countries and a network of more than 700 franchise and company-owned dealers in North America alone.


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