Cott Corporation statement in response to media speculation

    TORONTO, April 13 /CNW/ - Cott Corporation (NYSE:  COT; TSX:BCB), the
world's largest retailer brand soft drink provider, issued the following
statement in response to speculation in media reports issued today, concerning
a possible strategic or financial transaction.
    "Cott is focused on driving our organic business forward and is making
good progress to deliver superior, sustainable, and profitable growth.
    Following the recent announcement by Cadbury Schweppes plc regarding the
separation of its confectionery and Americas Beverage business, Cott has
responded to interested parties that have approached the Company, and is
exploring the potential benefits of participating in possible industry
consolidation. The Company is also consulting with outside legal and financial
    While the Board of Directors of Cott is supportive of these exploratory
discussions, there has been no decision regarding a change in strategy.
    Our goal has always been to profitably grow our business and enhance
shareowner value and that continues to be our focus."

    About Cott Corporation
    Cott Corporation is one of the world's largest non-alcoholic beverage
companies and the world's largest retailer brand soft drink provider. The
Company commercializes its business in over 60 countries worldwide, with its
principal markets being the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and
Mexico. Cott markets or supplies over 200 retailer and licensed brands, and
Company-owned brands including Cott, RC, Vintage, Vess and So Clear. Its
products include carbonated soft drinks, sparkling and flavored waters, energy
drinks, sports drinks, juices, juice drinks and smoothies, ready-to-drink
teas, and other non-carbonated beverages. The Company's website is The brand names referenced in this press release are trademarks
of Cott Corporation, its affiliated companies, our customers, or other third

    Safe Harbor Statements
    This press release contains forward-looking statements reflecting
management's current expectations regarding future results of operations,
economic performance, financial condition and achievements of the Company. The
forward-looking statements are based on the assumption that volume and revenue
will be consistent with historical trends, that margins will improve through a
balance of revenue realization and cost containment, and that interest rates
will remain constant and debt levels will decline. Management believes these
assumptions to be reasonable but there is no assurance that they will prove to
be accurate. Forward-looking statements, specifically those concerning future
performance such as those relating to the success of the Company's measures to
increase volume and revenue, reduce costs and increase operating income, are
subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ
materially. These risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in
the Company's filings with the appropriate securities commissions, and
include, without limitation, stability of procurement costs for raw and
packaging materials, the Company's ability to restore plant efficiencies and
reduce logistics and other costs, adverse weather conditions, competitive
activities by other brand beverage manufacturers, the Company's ability to
develop new products that appeal to consumer tastes, the Company's ability to
identify acquisition candidates, successfully consummate acquisitions and
integrate acquired businesses into its operations, fluctuations in currency
versus the U.S. dollar, the uncertainties of litigation and regulatory review,
loss of key customers and retailers' continued commitment to their
Company-supplied beverage programs. The foregoing list of factors is not
exhaustive. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise
any forward-looking statements.

For further information:

For further information: COTT CONTACTS: Media Relations, Kerry Morgan,
Tel: (416) 203-5613; Investor Relations, Edmund O'Keeffe, Tel: (416) 203-5617

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