CSU Students to be Introduced to Beverage Industry, Internship Opportunities

[caption id="attachment_3774" align="alignright" width="300"]Prem Virmani, CSU alumnus (MBA '82) and Cott Beverages' Senior Vice President of Science and Research Prem Virmani, CSU alumnus (MBA '82) and Cott Beverages' Senior Vice President of Science and Research[/caption]

Students and the Columbus State community will welcome back alumnus and Cott Beverages' Senior Vice President of Science and Research, Prem Virmani (MBA '82) for a presentation of "Challenges for the Soft Drink Industry and the Road Ahead," on Monday, Jan. 26 at 12 p.m. in the Davidson Student Center Auditorium on CSU's main campus.

Virmani's presentation will address the challenges that currently face the soft drink industry, including increased aversion to high-caloric beverages coupled with increasing rates of obesity in the U.S. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

Virmani’s lecture is not the only reason for his visit to CSU. A new partnership between the company and CSU's College of Letters and Sciences is being finalized for students interested in soft drink science or the beverage business.

"Through this partnership we will create an internship program for our students," said Jill Carroll, development director for CSU's College of Letters and Sciences. "Cott has already hired many of our graduates, so this internship program is the next step toward preparing students for the workforce."

Cott Beverages is one of the world's largest producers of beverages on behalf of retailers, brand owners and distributors. In 2001, Cott acquired Royal Crown Cola (RCC) International, making it a global supplier of soft drinks, energy drinks, and other beverages.

For more information about Monday's presentation or CSU's new internship agreement, please contact Jill Carroll at 706-565-7874.

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