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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 3, March 2012, Posted On: 2/29/2012

DS Waters To Acquire The Standard Cos.

Emily Jed
DS Waters of America Inc., The Standard Companies Inc., Dillon Schickli, Anthony Gregorio, office coffee service, OCS companies, OCS route, route-based coffee and water, office refreshment services, office coffee supplies, water filtration, bottled water delivery, Roast2Coast, My Utapia water filtration service, Standard Coffee Service, StandGuard Quality Water Assurance, Relyant Coffee Equipment Services

ATLANTA -- DS Waters of America Inc., one of the country's largest suppliers of bottled water to offices and homes, has agreed to acquire The Standard Cos. Inc., a nationwide coffee service and water company. The transaction is expected to close in late March.

DS Waters, headquartered in Atlanta, delivers its bottled water to more than a million home, office and retail locations across the U.S. Its brands include Alhambra, Belmont Springs, Crystal Springs, Mount Olympus, Sierra Springs and Sparkletts. The company has been expanding beyond bottled water delivery with a growing office coffee service business under the Roast2Coast banner and its My Utapia water filtration service.

The Standard Cos., based in New Orleans, provides office coffee and pure water services to workplaces, restaurants and other foodservice organizations. Its three business units include Standard Coffee Service, the flagship that has serviced commercial customers for 45 years; StandGuard Quality Water Assurance filtered water service, established in 1991; and Relyant Coffee Equipment Services, started in 2009 to provide equipment installation and maintenance services for coffee brewers and filtered water dispensers.

DS Waters said the acquisition will enhance its offerings and add new service territories to its national footprint.

"I am excited to welcome the customers and associates of Standard to the DS Waters family," said DS Waters chief executive Dillon Schickli. "We look forward to continuing the unparalleled commitment to superior service and quality products that Standard Coffee has offered its customers for over 40 years."

Anthony Gregorio, president and chief executive of Standard commented, "I have had the privilege to run Standard Coffee for the past seven years and look forward to partnering with a team of proven professionals that will continue to focus on preserving our brands and continue the emphasis on the exceptional service that our customers expect."

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