Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages (CSAB) has secured a "multi-year" fountain beverage sales agreement with Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants in the US.

Under the terms of the new contract, announced yesterday (7 February), CSAB will have two fountain brands available in all of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants in the country, including Dr Pepper and either Diet Dr Pepper or Squirt , depending on location. Currently, CSAB has two fountain brands at Carl's Jr., with the new agreement adding a second fountain brand in Hardee's more than 1,700 US restaurants.

"Carl's Jr. and Hardee's are great brands with a passionate consumer following, much like Dr Pepper, Diet Dr Pepper and Squirt, " said Dave Rollins, senior vice president of fountain foodservice sales at CSAB. "We are very proud to have been with CKE at every step of way, and we're looking forward to building on our relationship with innovative, strategic customer marketing programmes that resonate with their guests."

Further specific details were not disclosed.

Earlier this year, the Coca-Cola Co. renewed its contract with Carl's Jr. and Hardee's parent company, CKE Restaurants, to supply the chains with brands including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Minute Maid and Dasani.