Bottler of the Year

# Mankato Division


Joins four other independent bottlers as a finalist for the prestigious 2022 Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year Award.

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2023 Mankato, Minnesota, April 21, 2023 -

Each year, PepsiCo Beverages North America, (PBNA) awards one independent bottler with the prestigious Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year Award. Bottlers receiving this award have delivered outstanding results and have exhibited executional excellence, serving consumers and trade customers with pride, and giving back where it matters most—locally. This year’s finalists are:

  • Gillette Pepsi of Mankato, MN in the Central Division;
  • Northland Beverages of Whitehorse, Yukon in PBNA’s Canada Division;
  • Pepsi-Cola of Worcester, Inc., Holden, MA in the North Division;
  • Buffalo Rock Corp. of Columbus, GA, in the South Division; and
  • L&E Bottling Co. of Olympia, WA in the West Division.


Bottler of the Year Image and Award

Chad Mueller, Chief Executive Officer of Gillette Pepsi, congratulated the team. “This recognition is incredibly special and is a testament to the great work that all Gillette Pepsi employees are doing throughout the company and within our customers and communities. While one specific franchise is named, this recognition is a reflection of the entire Gillette Pepsi organization and your commitment to providing best in class service to our customers while supporting the communities that are responsible for our success. I couldn’t be more honored and humbled to be part of this winning team.” Finalists will gather together in July where one winner will be announced. This award is the second for the Gillette Pepsi organization. Gillette Pepsi Rochester received the Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year in 2008.