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Coca-Cola Consolidated and Kroger to Close the Loop at the 2023 Kentucky Derby

2023-04-10T10:40:38-04:00April 8, 2023|Sustainability|

For the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Kroger and Churchill Downs are teaming up to recycle bottles and cans from this year’s race.

Fans will have opportunities to recycle at Churchill Downs during this year’s races and Kroger’s Zero Hunger Zero Waste team will be on site with gift cards for those who are caught green handed recycling bottles and cans.  

This partnership will help collect used bottles and cans to be remade into new packaging.

Cleaning up Nashville’s Waterways

2023-04-10T08:57:52-04:00March 31, 2023|Sustainability|

Coca-Cola Consolidated partnered with Mill Creek Watershed Association and Osprey Initiative to remove litter in and around Nashville’s Antioch Park.

More than 30 volunteers, including Coke Consolidated teammates, joined the effort. Bottles collected from the cleanup will be recycled and remade into new bottles.

Water is the main ingredient in the beverages we bottle and we pledge to protect every drop. Coca-Cola Consolidated is protecting waterways, like those in Antioch Park, in communities served across its territory.

Coca-Cola Consolidated Renews Partnership with RBC Heritage

2023-03-23T14:33:07-04:00March 28, 2023|Company News|

Coca-Cola Consolidated has signed a five-year extension as the official non-alcoholic beverage provider of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. 

Coca-Cola products have been served at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing since the PGA TOUR event debuted in 1969 at Harbour Town Golf Links, 55 years ago.  

“We are proud to be associated with such an iconic brand who has a history of helping others. Coca-Cola Consolidated’s continued support for almost a half century is unprecedented and has quenched the thirst of our loyal spectators and sponsors,” said Steve Wilmot, President of the Heritage Classic Foundation. 

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the Heritage Classic Foundation,” said Heather Hucks, VP of Consumer Connections. “Coca-Cola and RBC Heritage both have rich roots in the Lowcountry. For 55 years, we have been refreshing fans as the official non-alcoholic beverage provider at the only annual PGA TOUR event in South Carolina. We look forward to partnering with the tournament to positively impact the community through our sustainability efforts.” 

Coca-Cola Consolidated developed a local program designed to help collect and recycle packaging from the tournament. Consolidated partnered with local organizations, like i2Recycle and Bluffton High School, to renew this recycled material into new packaging.  

“The Heritage Classic Foundation’s partnership with Coca-Cola Consolidated continues to grow and positively affect the community. The tournament recycling programs we have implemented together have kept over 100,000 bottles and cans out of landfills,” said Wilmot. 

The 55th annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing will take place April 10-16, 2023 over the famed Harbour Town Golf Links. Tournament tickets are on sale at www.rbcheritage.com. 

Coca-Cola Consolidated has more than 1,300 teammates working at 7 facilities in the state, including a production center in Bishopville, SC, a cooperative managed by Coca-Cola Consolidated.  

Coca-Cola Consolidated and the Washington Wizards Plant 25 Trees

2023-04-10T10:44:16-04:00March 23, 2023|Sustainability|

Coca-Cola Consolidated, the District’s local Coca-Cola bottler, the Wizards and non-profit organization Casey Trees planted 25 trees, including multiple cherry blossoms, to celebrate the Wizards’ 25th anniversary since rebranding to the Wizards name.


The new cherry blossom trees were planted at the Royal Courts apartments located in Southeast, D.C. The tree planting was commemorated with a Wizards and Cherry Coke branded park bench made of 100% recycled Coca-Cola bottles.  


DJ Heat, Wizards Dancers, G Wiz and alumni Phil Chenier and Harvey Grant were all be on hand to celebrate the cherry blossom season and to commemorate the event. Members of the Ward 8 community, including residents of the Royal Courts Apartments, attended a ribbon cutting ceremony with Cherry Coke floats, Wizards giveaways, and more.


According to Casey Trees, tree planting helps with stormwater absorption, clean air and mitigating climate change and heat. For every $1 spent on trees, from planting to maintenance, there is a $2.23 return on investment. Each year, D.C. trees filter 44,274,580 cubic feet of water. This is equal to about 500 Olympic-size pools. In 2022 alone, Casey Trees planted over 5,000 trees throughout the District. 

Coca-Cola Consolidated Launches Career Pipeline for Technical Schools

2023-04-13T10:31:34-04:00March 14, 2023|Company News|

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Coke Consolidated is funding apprenticeships at Central Piedmont Community College to spur interest in high-demand positions in manufacturing, equipment services and fleet maintenance at its Charlotte-area facilities. 

Qualified applicants will receive financial support for career certificates in fields such as manufacturing/warehouse mechanics, equipment services technicians and diesel technicians, while gaining experience through part-time positions at Coke Consolidated.  

The application process is open and will close on Friday, April 28.  Click here for more information on the apprenticeship application process.

“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 www.work4coke.com 

Coca-Cola Consolidated Named Forbes Best Midsize Company for Second Year

2023-02-21T16:13:36-05:00February 22, 2023|Company News|

Coca-Cola Consolidated, the nation’s largest Coca-Cola bottler, is honored to be named one of Forbes “Best Midsize Companies” for 2023. This marks the second year in a row that Coke Consolidated has been named to this list. 

Forbes, which partnered with Statista to generate this year’s list, conducted outreach to 45,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. Factors that survey respondents were asked to consider included workplace culture, virtual as well as on-site benefits, and efforts around diversity and inclusion. 

The full list of recipients can be viewed on the  Forbes website. 

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!

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