The Pepsi Bottling Group has lined up the acquisition of a bottling company in New York.

The company confirmed today (11 December) that it has signed a letter of intent to buy Pepsi-Cola Batavia Bottling Corp for an undisclosed sum.

Family-owned Pepsi-Cola Batavia, which is a Pepsi-Cola franchised bottler, serves New York's Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties along with parts of Livingston, Alleghany and Cattaraugus counties. It was founded in 1890 and is currently owned by Thomas and John Houseknecht.

"We are very pleased to expand our footprint in upstate New York," said Eric Foss, PBG's CEO. "The Houseknecht family has built a strong business through a combination of superb customer service, desirable product offerings, and active community involvement. We look forward to continuing their tradition of excellence in these areas and meeting the beverage needs of the area's customers and consumers."

Tom and John Houseknecht added: "We are pleased that Pepsi Batavia will join PBG. We are confident that PBG will continue to provide the level of service and support that our employees and customers have come to expect from our company."

The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2008.