Pepsi Bottling Group Inc is acquiring Fruko A, the exclusive Pepsi bottler in Turkey, for about US$100m from the local owners and PepsiCo Inc.

Announcing the acquisition plans, Pepsi Bottling said Fruko will increase the company's worldwide volume by about 4%. The bottler, which makes and sells Pepsi-Cola, 7-Up and several local brands, sold 46m cases in 2001.

The deal gives Pepsi Bottling the opportunity to drive the per capita consumption rates of carbonated soft drinks in Turkey, which has a young and quickly growing population, chairman Craig Weatherup said in a statement.

Before this deal, Pepsi Bottling Group had international operations in Canada, Greece, Russia and Spain. The company had said in the past that it was looking to expand its international operations.

The deal was approved by the Turkish Competition Board and the Foreign Investment General Directorate, the company said.