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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 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. 

Coke Consolidated teams up with Charlotte FC to Thank our Military Members

2022-09-19T12:20:31-04:00September 19, 2022|Community Engagement|

On Saturday, August 6, 60 military members competed in the Inaugural Military Cup Tournament hosted by Charlotte FC and Coca-Cola Consolidated. Five teams from four military branches, Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force, competed for the bragging rights of winner. Le Riverry FC, representing the Marines, won the tournament and these players were recognized during a pre-match field presentation at Bank of America Stadium. Players also enjoyed Coca-Cola refreshments and lunch provided by Harris Teeter. 

Coca-Cola Consolidated, Charlotte FC and Harris Teeter have a history of honoring the service and sacrifice of active-duty military members, veterans, and their families.  

In February 2022, Charlotte FC and Coca-Cola Consolidated announced a multiyear partnership designating Coca-Cola as the Club’s Official Soft Drink and Dasani as the Club’s Official Bottled Water. 

Coke Consolidated and Partners Help Nashville Students Prepare for Back to School

2022-09-06T08:10:54-04:00September 5, 2022|Community Engagement|

Coca-Cola Consolidated, in partnership with Nashville SC, BODYARMOR, and Kroger hosted a back-to-school event at Carter Lawrence Elementary School located in the Edgehill neighborhood of Nashville.

BODYARMOR, Coca-Cola Consolidated and Kroger donated approximately 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to Carter Lawrence Elementary students and an additional 100 backpacks to kids in the community as they prepare for the start of the 2022-23 school year. Totes filled with supplies for the school’s teachers were also provided by Coca-Cola Consolidated. Additionally, BODYARMOR donated $5,000 to Carter Lawrence Elementary School that will enable them to elevate students’ education experience through field trips, guest speakers, assemblies and engineering clubs.

Nashville SC brought IMPACT Soccer activities to the event, including family-friendly soccer activities such as inflatable soccer pitches, 3v3 tournaments and soccer skill-drills.

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