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Coca-Cola Consolidated Honored with “Dove 1” Designation for Special Olympics Airlift

2022-06-06T11:35:24-04:00June 2, 2022|Community Engagement|

Kelsey Leyton is a Charlotte-area teenager and soccer super fan representing North Carolina at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando.

As a longtime Textron Aviation customer and Special Olympics supporter, Coke Consolidated received the special “Dove 1” call sign and will be the first aircraft to land in Orlando. Kelsey, along with several other athletes and coaches, will be riding in style on Dove 1 as the first airplane of athletes to arrive at the Games on Saturday, June 4.

The Airlift is a signature community event organized and coordinated by Textron Aviation Inc. with assistance from owners and operators, industry partners and employee volunteers. More than 800 athletes and coaches from across the nation are set to be transported to and from the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

Thanks to our partnership with the Charlotte Football Club, a warm sendoff was coordinated for Kelsey from Charlotte Football Club fans and players at the May 22 match.

“It’s an enormous honor for Coca-Cola Consolidated to be named Dove 1 in the Special Olympics Airlift,” said Kimberly Kuo, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability at Coca-Cola Consolidated. “Our involvement with the Airlift supports our Purpose and Values — which include a deep commitment to serving others. We feel blessed to be leading this convoy of aircraft to deliver Special Olympics athletes to the USA Games.”

Coke Consolidated first participated in the 2006 event and this will be its fourth Airlift. Click here for more information about the Special Olympics Airlift and Dove 1 designation.

Celebrating Coke Consolidated’s 120th Anniversary

2022-05-11T11:36:27-04:00April 28, 2022|Company News|

For 120 years, we’ve been committed to serving our teammates, customers, and communities. Local Then, Local Now. That’s the Coke Consolidated way! Learn more about Coca-Cola Consolidated here.

Coke Consolidated Named to Forbes “America’s Best Mid-Sized Companies” for 2022

2022-05-17T09:31:13-04:00April 12, 2022|Company News|

We’re honored to be named to Forbes “America’s Best Mid-Sized Companies” for 2022. Consolidated ranked 24 out of 100 companies and it wouldn’t be possible without our 16,000 dedicated teammates. Learn more about the honor here.

Coca-Cola Consolidated and Giant Food Partner with Local Organizations to Cleanup Oxon Run

2022-05-05T09:27:41-04:00April 9, 2022|Sustainability|

In preparation for Earth Week, Coca-Cola Consolidated and Giant Food held a community cleanup on Saturday, April 9, where 60 volunteers removed more than 2,000 pounds of waste from the woods and waterways around Oxon Run.

“What an incredible way to usher in Earth Day,” said Altmann Pannell, Director of Government Relations at Coca-Cola Consolidated. “We couldn’t have asked for a better partner in Giant Food, who made the weekend such a success. Sustainability remains a top issue for our Company and our Refresh, Recycle, Renew initiative is one of the ways we promote recycling and closed loop systems throughout our territory.”

Coca-Cola Consolidated and Giant partnered with environmental leaders from Osprey Initiative and Chesapeake Bay Conservancy who navigated the successful cleanup initiative in Ward 8.

“Osprey Initiative’s mission is to protect and enhance our urban waters. These small waterways are little blue ways that bring nature much closer to the public,” said Don Bates, Owner and President of Osprey Initiative. “We were so excited to have the opportunity to work in our Nation’s Capital and truly appreciate the support of our sponsors.”

The cleanup was a community effort attended by local legislators and volunteers from US Dream Academy, students from the University of Maryland, and fraternity brothers from Georgetown’s Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Coca-Cola Consolidated and Giant held a reception after the cleanup where five lucky volunteers walked home with $200 Giant gift cards. Volunteers also received catered meals and beverages provided by Giant, Coca-Cola Consolidated, as well as with other giveaways.

“Giant was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1936, and we understand how important it is to keep our communities and National Parks clean,” said Daniel Wolk, External Communications and Community Relations Manager at Giant Food. “We are proud to have teamed-up with our close partners in the environmental initiative of cleaning up waste in our Nation’s Capital.”

About Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc.

Coca-Cola Consolidated is the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Our Purpose is to honor God in all we do, serve others, pursue excellence, and grow profitably. For over 120 years, we have been deeply committed to the consumers, customers, and communities we serve and passionate about the broad portfolio of beverages and services we offer. We make, sell and distribute beverages of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies in more than 300 brands and flavors across 14 states and the District of Columbia to approximately 60 million consumers.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Coca-Cola Consolidated is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “COKE.” More information about the Company is available at www.cokeconsolidated.com. Follow Coca-Cola Consolidated on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About Giant Food

Since opening its first location over 85 years ago in Washington, D.C. in 1936, Giant has been an integral part of the communities and customers it serves. Giant is committed to being a Better Neighbor and has designated four main giving pillars that address local Food Insecurity, Military Support, Pediatric Cancer Research and Social Equality. Giant is headquartered in Landover, Md. and operates 164 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia with approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 164 stores are 152 full-service pharmacies, 83 full-service PNC Banks and 26 Starbucks locations. Giant fits all the ways today’s busy customers want to shop – whether in store or online. With 159 Giant Pickup locations and Giant Delivers available in all of its markets, customers have even more convenient options right at their fingertips to get the best products and prices, whenever and however they choose. For more information on Giant, visit: www.giantfood.com

Backpacks Filled with Goodies Gifted to Indiana Elementary School

2022-05-09T08:46:08-04:00April 8, 2022|Community Engagement|

Coca-Cola Consolidated teammates in Indiana partnered with Kroger to assemble 250 backpacks to donate to deserving students at McKinley Elementary, a Title I school in South Bend. The backpacks were filled with kid-approved snacks and bottles of Dasani Water and Fairlife 2% Milk. The students also received a book to enjoy during spring break!

Closing the Loop at the Coca-Cola 600

2022-04-28T12:46:24-04:00May 28, 2021|Sustainability|

We collected empty bottles and cans the weekend of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Since our bottles and cans are made to be remade we worked with local recycling organizations to ensure we got every bottle back. Learn more about our sustainability efforts.

Coca-Cola Consolidated Implements Closed Loop Recycling at RBC Heritage

2022-05-02T08:27:12-04:00April 28, 2021|Sustainability|

Sustainability is a top issue and the Company has implemented a Refresh, Recycle, Renew campaign to promote recycling and closed loop systems. Coke Consolidated is educating and engaging consumers through customers and asset partners, and also working with sustainability leaders to launch innovative programs such as mail-in recycling, city bus recycling pick-up, and micro-MRFs. Coke Consolidated’s Sustainability Task Force is implementing action plans for each of its pillars of focus – Package Recovery, Water Leadership, and Protecting our Climate.

Volunteers from the Bluffton High School football team collected more than 45 yards of aluminum and polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET) during the tournament held April 12-18 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Thanks to a partnership with Clemson University, the University will process those used bottles and cans so they can be made into new bottles and cans.

In the spring of 2021, Coke Consolidated collaborated with The Heritage Classic Foundation during the 2021 RBC Heritage to enhance the PGA TOUR golf tournament’s can and bottle recycling program.

This is just one example of how Coca-Cola Consolidated is committed to working with partners to launch innovative programs to capture and recycle more bottles and cans.

Creating a Closed Loop at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament in Indianapolis

2022-05-02T08:35:10-04:00April 6, 2021|Sustainability|

As part of Coca-Cola Consolidated’s Refresh, Recycle, Renew campaign, Republic, the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium partnered together with Circular Solutions Advisors and Food Loops to get every bottle and can back from games and practices at these venues during the tournament. This effort resulted in 98 percent of all bottles and cans (117,596 cans/3.3 tons) consumed being made into new bottles and cans. All waste, including food, was captured at the championship game held at Lucas Oil Stadium with 70 percent of all waste (2.90 tons) being diverted from the landfill.

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