Local pop company enters Canadian territory

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By JACQUELINE TORTORELLO

Chicago Sun-Times

Des Plaines-based Cool Mountain Beverages has expanded its reach into Canada.

The pop marketer inked a deal with Buckstone Distributors of North Bay, Ontario, to carry its eight craft sodas: root beer, black cherry, “razzberry,” green apple, strawberry, orange cream, peach and cream soda.

Buckstone also promotes food items like hot sauce, jelly and barbecue sauce along with gifts and decorative items.

“Adding our brand to its distribution seemed like the right opportunity at the right time,” said Bill Daker, president of Cool Mountain.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

The soda is distributed in 20 states and, now, Ontario. It also can be purchased online.

Cool Mountain declined to provide sales figures, but confirmed a statement on its website that annual sales have doubled each year since the company was founded in 1997.

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