Culligan acquires Primo Water’s businesses in Europe, Middle East, Africa

Jan. 4, 2024
Culligan acquired almost all of Primo Water Corporation’s businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa — only excluding those in the U.K., Portugal and Israel.

Culligan announced that it has completed its acquisition of Primo Water Corporation’s businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), excluding those in the United Kingdom, Portugal and Israel.

The transaction between Culligan and Primo Water closed on Dec. 29, 2023.

Through this acquisition, Culligan broadens its footprint in 12 countries where it already operates, and enters markets in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Culligan now services 1.35 million installed water coolers, with a workforce of 8,000 employees and strategic locations and production sites across EMEA.

“This is a significant milestone in our ongoing development. It enhances our scale and capacity within the EMEA region, reaffirming our ambition and long-term vision to bring more consumers the Culligan water they love,” said Scott Clawson, Culligan International chairman and CEO. “Culligan and Primo Water share the same passion for providing healthy, sustainable and better-tasting water that inspires healthier lives, healthier communities and a healthier planet.”

The newly combined businesses in Europe will be led by Culligan EMEA CEO Jeremy Ben-David.

“This transaction accelerates our ability to create a sustainable approach to water for years to come,” said Ben-David. “We’re pleased to build on the success Primo Water has enjoyed in the region and are eager to welcome Primo Water Europe management, their experienced teams and their customers to Culligan as we strive to make water a transformative force for people and our planet.”

Primo Water retains its businesses in the UK, Portugal and Israel, as well as Aimia Foods.

“Our Primo Water team in Europe is excited to be joining Culligan,” said Kris Zarzeczny, senior vice president for Primo Water Europe. “We share similar values and the ambition to create healthier lives, healthier communities and a healthier planet. We’ve always admired Culligan’s commitment to serving consumers and providing them with innovative, sustainable, quality water solutions.”

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