Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers named 'Bottler of the Year' at national meeting, awarded $5,000 community grant
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 1:57 pm

Pictured are Pepsico American Beverages  CEO Al Carey; Pepsi Ogdensburg Vending Tech Garry Gascon; Pepsi Ogdensburg On-Premise Manager Tom Woodward; Pepsi Ogdensburg Warehouse Manager Tim Cryderman; Pepsi Ogdensburg VP/GM Richard Wright; PepsiCo Co-Founder and Former CEO Donald M. Kendall; Pepsi Ogdensburg CEO Bonnie Wright; Pepsi Ogdensburg Sales Manager John Reed; Pepsi Ogdensburg VP Finance Michael Looney; Pepsi Ogdensburg Route Supervisor/HR Director Scott Wright; PAB Franchise Business Unit SVP/GM Mario Mercurio

OGDENSBURG -- Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers was named as the Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year for 2011 at a national bottler meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.

Pepsi Ogdensburg CEO Bonita “Bonnie” Wright and Vice President of Sales and General Manager Richard Wright (wife and husband) accepted the award from Mr. Kendall, PAB CEO Al Carey and Mario Mercurio, SVP/GM of PAB’s Franchise Business Unit.

“No greater honor is bestowed within the Pepsi-Cola bottling system,” Mercurio said. “To be named a finalist recognizes street-smart executional excellence and impeccable local values at their absolute finest. In a challenging business environment, the Wright family and its team have risen above the competition with exceptional passion, commitment and capability to lead, partner and win as one Pepsi.”

“I’m so proud to be a Pepsi bottler. This is a great honor for the Pepsi Ogdensburg family. In addition to the blessing of seeing my father’s dreams now reflected in our son Scott’s eyes, this business has given us the incredibly fulfilling opportunity to help others within our community. Family, business and community are the most important things to me – I hope we’ve done it right,” Mrs. Wright, daughter of the bottling company’s founder Dick Winter said.

Named for PepsiCo’s beloved co-founder and former chairman and chief executive officer, the Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year Award was created in 1994 to honor the very best of the best among Pepsi-Cola bottlers in the United States and Canada. Pepsi Ogdensburg was one of three finalists recognized for outstanding volume and per capita growth, retail and foodservice execution, customer service, quality standards, performance against PAB’s strategic imperatives and, importantly, community support.

Since PepsiCo’s reentry into the North American bottling business in 2010, this prestigious award has been dedicated exclusively to PAB’s independent bottling partners.

PAB presents each Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year finalist with a $5,000 community grant in recognition of their ongoing commitment to their communities. Pepsi Ogdensburg is giving its grant to the Ogdensburg Boys & Girls Club, which, since 1964, has worked to ensure and enhance the quality of life for the youngsters in its community. Its services include educational, recreational, arts and technological programs while providing a “home away from home” for area youth.