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Spreading Holiday “Joy” in the Carolinas

2022-12-21T11:55:19-05:00December 21, 2022|Community Engagement|

Holiday cheer and the giving spirit were in effect for more than 350 deserving families during the 4th annual Joy to the Carolinas event held Tuesday, December 6 at Carowinds’ WinterFest. 

Coca-Cola Consolidated partnered with the Carolina Panthers to provide a night of family activities along with giveaways of toys and essential items, such as food, winter clothing, and shoes. 

Families started their night picking up winter gear and shoes from Samaritan’s Feet, with the Grinch making a special appearance. Children then walked to get photos with Santa before entering the park as holiday music played outside. 

Josh Gelinas, vice president, communications of Coca-Cola Consolidated, said it was “uplifting” to see smiles across children’s faces as they celebrated the holiday season at Joy to the Carolinas. 

“Serving is at the heart of our purpose at Coke Consolidated,” Gelinas said. “We just want to wish everyone across the Carolinas a peaceful and joyful holiday season.” 

Artificial snow fell from the sky to wrap up a welcome show for guests, which included appearances from the TopCats, Sir Purr, PurrCussion drumline, and a group of more than a dozen Panthers players. 

“Tonight, I had this moment of paying it forward and just being able to be blessed to be in this position to do what we do,” said Carolina Panthers owner Nicole Tepper. “You know, if it wasn’t for my husband – who supports me and every big idea I have, which just means the world – and having the Panthers, Coca-Cola Consolidated, everyone come together tonight; I really felt a moment of, ‘Wow, this is a blessing.'” 

Guests wrapped up the night with Second Harvest Food Bank take-home meals, sponsored by Harris Teeter, before their final trip to Toyland, sponsored by The David and Nicole Tepper Foundation. 

Coca-Cola Consolidated teams up with Indiana University to prevent unrecycled plastic waste

2022-12-13T08:59:49-05:00December 13, 2022|Sustainability|

IU students and community members recently came together and collected more than 1,600 pounds of recyclables as part of a partnership with Coca-Cola Consolidated, aiming to lower the amount of unrecycled plastic waste.

Following the IU versus University of Michigan football game on Oct. 8, a group of students and community members collected plastic and aluminum waste for two hours. The collected bottles and cans were inserted into The Roadie, created by Revolution at Closed Loop Partners, a mobile, on-site sorting system easily transported around the country to high traffic areas – sporting events, concerts, outdoor venues – to cut transportation costs of recycling centers.

Coca-Cola Consolidated partnered with the IU Office of Business Partnerships, IU Athletics and IU Sustainability, to bring The Roadie to the IU Bloomington campus. IU Memorial Stadium has the capacity to seat over 52,000 fans and after the game is over, the leftover waste is substantial.

“We are grateful for the collaboration between IU Sustainability, IU Athletics, Facilities, and Coca-Cola Consolidated to assess the amount of recyclable product produced at a single football game and to glean greater insight into IU’s sustainability efforts,” said Val Gill, associate vice president of business partnerships at IU.

In total, the group collected 1,625 lbs. of waste which included 14,040 polyethylene terephthalate bottles and 21,049 aluminum cans. The Roadie sorted and consolidated the collected debris and ended with 991 lbs. of recyclable material which was directly transported to a recycling center.

Part of Coca-Cola Consolidated’s mission is for their product packaging to be 100 percent recyclable material. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a clear, strong, lightweight plastic created to be recyclable, versatile and was created to be reused. Plastic from the collected bottles is sent back to Coca-Cola Consolidated to be upcycled into new bottles.

“Coca-Cola Consolidated invests in collaborations with partners like Indiana University as part of our Refresh Recycle Renew sustainability initiative,” said Todd Marty, senior director of sustainability at Coca-Cola Consolidated. “We’re committed to developing industry-leading solutions for recycling, like the Roadie, ensuring that our bottles and cans are made into new packaging.”

Coca-Cola Consolidated Expands in Chesterfield County, Virginia

2022-12-08T08:47:21-05:00December 7, 2022|Company News|

Coca-Cola Consolidated has added a 350,000-square-feet distribution center in Chesterfield, Va. creating more than 25 jobs. This will allow the company to better serve customers in central Virginia and the surrounding region.

“We are excited to continue our journey of growth in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Leon Warner, Vice President of Manufacturing at Coca-Cola Consolidated. “This investment in expanding our distribution capabilities is a long-term commitment to improving how we serve the world’s best brands and flavors to our communities.”

Coca-Cola Consolidated is a tenant of Meadowville Technology Park, a project developed by Red Rock Developments in partnership with Westport Capital Partners.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Coca-Cola Consolidated as our tenant at Meadowville Technology Park,” said Leah B. Bailey, SIOR & SVP of Leasing for Red Rock Developments. “They will certainly add to the notable tenants in the park.”

Coca-Cola Consolidated joins Amazon, Niagara Bottling, Medline, Altria and AdvanSix, at the new industrial center situated on approximately 54 acres of land along Digital Drive, fronting Interstate 295 and Route 10 within Meadowville Technology Park. The state-of-the-art facility includes 36’ clear height, dock and drive-in loading, full site circulation, 185’ truck courts, and above market standard truck and auto parking.

“Best in class developments attract best in class tenants, and that continues to be the case here. Congratulations to Red Rock Developments on their completion of a remarkable project,” said Graham Stoneburner and Mark Douglas, SIOR, of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, Red Rock Developments representatives in the transaction.

Images of the Chesterfield facility are available for download here.

About Coca-Cola Consolidated:

Coca-Cola Consolidated is the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Our Purpose is To Honor God in all we do, To Serve Others, To Pursue Excellence, and To Grow Profitably. For over 120 years, we have been deeply committed to the consumers, customers, and communities we serve and are 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.

Closing the Loop at Nissan Stadium

2022-11-21T09:41:45-05:00November 21, 2022|Sustainability|

Coca-Cola Consolidated is committed to creating innovative solutions to capture our bottles and cans to be remade. That’s why we collaborated with the Tennessee Titans, Kroger and leaders in the sustainability space to use a mobile recycling facility (MRF) to sort material onsite at Nissan Stadium during the October 24 home game.

Tailgaters received recycling bags in areas around the stadium and fans were rewarded with $10 gift cards for recycling.  Material captured at the game was sorted on site by the Roadie collecting more than 40,000 plastic bottles and 59,000 aluminum cans. The use of this innovative technology is one more step to ensure our bottles and cans stay clean increasing recyclability rates.

“Coca-Cola Consolidated invests in collaborations with partners like the Tennessee Titans and Kroger as part of our Refresh Recycle Renew sustainability initiative,” said Todd Marty, Senior Director of Sustainability at Coca-Cola Consolidated. “We’re committed to developing industry-leading solutions for recycling by utilizing tools like the Roadie to ensure our bottles and cans are made into new packaging.”

The Roadie, by Revolution Systems, is a mobile sorting platform for single-stream recyclables designed to make sorting of single-stream recyclables convenient, sustainable and affordable.

“We are proud to collaborate with key industry stakeholders to operationalize a more resilient recycling system,” said Jessica Long, Chief Strategy Officer at Closed Loop Partners. “We look forward to the continued impact the Roadie can have on the entire recycling supply chain, as it helps expand the supply of recyclable materials in circulation and advance the circular economy.”

In addition to creating a solid recycling stream, the mobile MRF provides educational opportunities for our partners and consumers.

Through education efforts, the cultivation of recycling relationships with our customers and optimization of our own distribution networks, we’re seeing barriers to capturing recyclable materials come down with more recyclable material being remade into new bottles and cans!

Richmond Veteran’s Home Renovated for Veterans Day

2022-11-09T08:51:04-05:00November 9, 2022|Community Engagement|

Coca-Cola Consolidated has a long history of honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families. In recognition of Veterans Day, Coke Consolidated partnered with the Independence Fund to renovate the home of a well-deserving hero in Richmond, Virginia. 

76-year-old Melvin Washington served in the Marines in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. After being honorably discharged for a family-related matter, Melvin was injured and has been a wheelchair user since 1973. A ramp at the back of his home needed repairs and that’s when the Coke Consolidated Response Team stepped in to complete a home makeover. The team, which is made up of volunteer teammates who work in a variety of roles throughout the Company, primarily serves teammates and their families as well as business and community partners during natural disasters and other setbacks. 

“They came to me, they asked what was the problem and all they said was, ‘We got that,’” Melvin said. 

Thirty-five teammates, including veteran teammates, spent a week at the hero’s home, making repairs to his roof and renovating his ramp. 

“It’s so humbling to volunteer to help a veteran who served this country,” said David Shelek, Coca-Cola Consolidated Market Unit Vice President and General Manager in Virginia. 

Coca-Cola Consolidated is honored to call more than 1,100 service members our teammates. Thank you to all of America’s veterans for your service. 

Coca-Cola Consolidated Launching Career Pipeline for Technical Schools

2022-11-03T15:47:59-04:00November 3, 2022|Company News|

More than 60 participants from the public and private sector attended an event at Coca-Cola Consolidated highlighting opportunities in the manufacturing sector hosted in partnership with CLT Alliance.

Coke Consolidated is funding up to 30 apprenticeships at Central Piedmont Community College to spur interest in high-demand positions in manufacturing, equipment repair and logistics at its Charlotte-area facilities.

Qualified applicants will receive financial support for career certificates in fields such as HVAC repair and manufacturing, while gaining experience through part-time positions at Coke Consolidated. The application process will begin in early 2023. 

“These scholarships exemplify our commitment to empowering the next generation of diverse servant leaders,” said Dave Katz, President and Chief Operating Officer at Coke Consolidated. “We’re looking for talented candidates who want to grow their skillsets and their careers.” 

“Coke Consolidated is dedicated to providing opportunities for new and existing teammates to continuously learn and grow,” said Brent Tollison, a Senior Vice President at Coke Consolidated and member of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Board of Trustees. 

 “We want to invest in people and to provide the resources and encouragement they need to achieve their goals,” he said. “These aren’t job opportunities. These are career opportunities.” 

Coke Consolidated is committed to workforce development and economic opportunity in the communities it serves.  Applicants selected for an apprenticeship will have ongoing training and leadership development opportunities, as part of their employment experience.  

Central Piedmont’s credentialling programs are flexible and designed to meet the needs of students who also are working part-time. Coke Consolidated’s apprenticeship program targets the more than 65% of adults in the region who don’t have a bachelor’s degree. 

“Central Piedmont is pleased and proud to partner with Coke Consolidated to offer students a pathway to invaluable work experience and rewarding, high-demand careers in manufacturing,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont President. “We are eager to open the program, and we thank Coke Consolidated for their support and collaboration.” 

Coke Consolidated is working with the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance (CLT Alliance) to highlight opportunities in the manufacturing sector and to promote scholarships for interested applicants. Charlotte is home to more than 3,600 manufacturing companies, which together employ over 145,000 people. 7,500 new manufacturing jobs have been announced in the region since 2020, according to CLT Alliance. 

“Manufacturing is integral in the Charlotte Region, and the industry and next generation of talent are poised to shape our future economy,” said CLT Alliance President and CEO Janet LaBar. “We applaud Coke Consolidated’s commitment to strengthening our workforce and believe collaborations like this will strengthen our pipeline, enrich our economy, and provide a pathway to opportunity for our region’s residents.” 

Coca-Cola Consolidated currently has open positions in the Charlotte area, including many technical jobs. Learn more by visiting Careers.CokeConsolidated.com. 

Coca-Cola Consolidated Commits to Better Buildings’ “Better Plants Challenge”

2022-10-21T09:10:17-04:00October 18, 2022|Sustainability|

In cooperation with Better Buildings’ “Better Plants Challenge,” Coca-Cola Consolidated has committed to reducing the Company’s energy use ratio 20% by 2028. Energy reduction projects implemented to date include:

  • Upgraded to LED lighting at 9 of 11 manufacturing locations.
  • Modernized can and bottle fillers in 3 plants to increase energy/water efficiency.
  • Enhanced production planning that includes longer run times, fewer clean-in-place rinses, and cold clean-in-place rinses to reduce energy and rinse time.
  • Light-weighting 12oz bottles and caps for all locations, resulting in less material waste and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Installation of blow mold bottle production at select facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions created by shipping empty bottles.
  • Transitioned trash compactors at all 11 production facilities to Waste-to-Energy Incinerators, preventing 487 tons of greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere while creating 198 MWh of renewable energy – enough to power 19 homes for a year.

In 2023, Consolidated plans to add an additional blow mold line and new can and bottle fillers to continue lowering our carbon footprint.

Click here to read more: https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/partners/coca-cola-consolidated

Coca-Cola Consolidated and the Baltimore Ravens Partner with Prison Fellowship to host an Angel Tree Sports Camp for Children and Families Impacted by Incarceration

2022-10-14T08:34:17-04:00October 14, 2022|Community Engagement|

More than 100 Angel Tree campers and their caregivers participated in a day-long sports camp on Saturday, September 24 at the Ravens practice facility in Owings Mills.

Campers experienced training at eight different football stations including quarterbacks, linebackers, and linemen. They also received a free pair of Nike sneakers and a swag bag at the event.

Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, conducted the free Angel Tree Sports Camp in partnership with the Ravens and Coca-Cola Consolidated.

“We believe that by coming together with partners like Prison Fellowship, Baltimore Ravens and Safeway we can create a fun and meaningful event that lets these kids and their caregivers know that someone is looking out for them, and they are cared for,” said Joachim Rogers, Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Market Unit, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc.

In addition to the campers, caregivers received support services as well as takeaway meal bags and gift cards from Safeway. The event concluded with a tailgate celebration and local food trucks for camp attendees to enjoy.

Prison Fellowship is the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, and a leading voice for criminal justice reform. With more than 40 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims, and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive, and just society.

The Prison Fellowship Angel Tree is the largest national program impacting the lives of children with a parent in prison, serves hundreds of thousands of children each year through thousands of churches and community organizations.

The goal of the sports camp is to provide mentorship, health, and wellness opportunities for children, with a focus on mental health, as well as family strengthening, education and economic growth services.

Coca-Cola Consolidated invites 10 scholars for HBCU SOAR Program

2022-09-22T09:39:43-04:00September 22, 2022|Community Engagement|

Coca-Cola Consolidated is committed to empowering the next generation of diverse servant leaders. Each year, we invite 10 elite students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities across our territory to participate in our HBCU S.O.A.R (Scholarship, Opportunity, Advancement, Recruitment) program. This weeklong scholar program provides students with the opportunity to learn our business and experience our purpose and culture first-hand. 

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