Polar Beverages, the country’s largest independent soft-drink bottler, is a fourth-generation, family-owned business that traces its roots back to 1882. Its proprietary brands “Polar” and “Adirondack” include over fifty flavors of seltzers, diets, traditional soft drinks and teas. In addition to its own brands, Polar has the franchise rights to manufacture and distribute many other brands including Snapple, Nantucket Nectars, Monster Energy, Seven-Up, A&W and Sunkist. Polar is also the leading private-label bottler serving virtually all the major supermarket chains in the Northeast. Mass. Capital has invested in excess of $14 million in Polar in four separate transactions to support growth in working capital, the acquisition of Adirondack Beverages and the repurchase of stock from retiring family shareholders.
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