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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
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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