April 28, 2011




WORCESTER, MA -- Polar Beverages today announced its acquisition of the Winn-Dixie Deep South Beverage Manufacturing facility in Fitzgerald, GA, as of April 29, 2011.


“The Fitzgerald bottling facility ideally fits Polar’s southern growth strategy. We have had the opportunity to meet with many of the Winn-Dixie associates and have tremendous respect for their capabilities. Polar Beverages is looking forward to growing the business together.


“Deep South Manufacturing brings to Polar Beverages a diversity of manufacturing capabilities Polar has long sought. Deep South produces carbonated beverages along with an assortment of new-age teas, functional waters and juices that will enhance Polar’s product offerings to our new-age distribution partners as well as our retail branded customers,” said Ralph D. Crowley, Jr., President and CEO of Polar.


With the addition of the Fitzgerald facility, renamed Polar Beverages-Southern Bottling, Polar now has abundant excess capacity for continued growth thus solidifying its expansion in the Southeast and Florida.


About Polar Beverages


America’s largest independent, soft-drink bottler, Polar Beverages traces its roots back to 1882. Polar has been owned and operated by the Crowley family for four generations. The Company offers a broad portfolio of carbonated beverages including regular and diet flavors, seltzers and mixers. Polar started in New England, but Polar products are now available in more than 20 states. For more information, please visit


About Winn-Dixie


Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., is one of the nation’s largest food retailers. Founded in 1925, the Company is headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. The Company currently operates 484 retail grocery locations, including 379 in-store pharmacies, in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi. For more information, please visit

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