The acquisiton of dr pepper seven up company inc

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Introduction This case study focuses on how Cadbury Schweppes acquired the American-based company Dr Pepper/Seven-Up. Of particular interest is the thinking and purpose behind the acquisition, and how the acquired company will be managed in the future. Dr Pepper/Seven-Up is not a very familiar name in the UK, although many people will have heard of or purchased the 7-Up product. Dr Pepper/Seven-Up owns the 7-Up brand in the USA and the Dr Pepper brand worldwide. Created in 1885, Dr Pepper is the oldest, nationally distributed soft drink in the US. The 7-Up brand was introduced in 1929. Within the US carbonated soft drinks' market, Dr Pepper/Seven-Up is one of the fastest growing companies. In 1994 Dr Pepper/Seven-Up brands had an 11.6 market share in the US. Sales volumes over the previous five years grew by 5 per cent per annum, more than double the industry average. The Cadbury Schweppes Group The origins of the Group go back over 200 years. Jacob Schweppe perfected his process for manufacturing mineral water in Geneva in 1783. In Birmingham, John Cadbury first started selling tea and coffee in 1824, then cocoa and chocolate, which was soon to become the main business. The two companies...

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