Minority Business Enterprise Certification

MBE Certification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2018

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Receives Minority Business Enterprise Certification

TAMPA, FLORIDA – Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida), a family-owned, independent Coca-Cola bottler, announced today that it has been certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The company will be actively engaged with the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC), the local NMSDC affiliate.

“We are excited to be certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) because it will immediately help our existing customer partners meet their supplier diversity commitments and goals,” said Troy Taylor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coke Florida. “Beyond that, the certification gives us a unique competitive advantage as we seek to grow and expand our business with new and existing companies, healthcare organizations, business co-operatives, government entities, sports and entertainment venues, and colleges and universities. Ultimately, we look forward to using our MBE certification to help us grow and expand our business throughout the Sunshine State.”

The FSMSDC “is proud to have a company the size of Coca-Cola Beverages Florida as a certified MBE,” said Beatrice Louissaint, the FSMSDC’s President and CEO. “We look forward to working with the company to meet its supplier diversity goals and to help them continue to expand.”

The NMSDC is one of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations. Its mission is to advance business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connect them to corporate members.  The intent of the MBE certification and supplier diversity programs is to support the growth of minority-owned businesses and fuel job creation.

About Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida) is a family-owned, independent Coca-Cola bottler. Coke Florida’s exclusive territory covers over 18 million consumers across 47 Florida counties, and includes the major metropolitan markets of Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa. Coke Florida manufactures, sells and distributes over 600 products of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies. Coke Florida is the third-largest privately-held, and the sixth-largest independent, bottler of Coca-Cola products in the United States. The company is also one of America’s largest black-owned businesses. Coke Florida was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, please visit cocacolaflorida.com.

About FSMSDC

The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing access and growth for minority businesses in Florida. The organization’s goal is to increase purchasing from minority businesses by government entities and corporations, while increasing the operating capacity of minority businesses through hands-on business assistance, training and access to technology and capital resources. Founded in 1975, the FSMSDC is one of 23 regional councils affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The FSMSDC acts as a liaison between corporate America and certified Minority Business Enterprises in the state of Florida. For more information, please visit fsmsdc.org.

Black History Month

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PRESS RELEASE:
February 28, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Coca-Cola Beverages Florida
Cheli Brown, 813-327-7285
chelbrown@cocacolaflorida.com

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida to Donate $50,000 to Local Charities in Celebration of Black History Month

Tampa, FL—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Coca-Cola Beverages Florida (Coke Florida) has committed to donating a total of $50,000 to four local charities as part of the company’s 2018 Black History Month initiatives. The company will host four individual check presentations throughout March, evenly distributing the funds between: 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc.; Pinellas Education Foundation; 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc.; and LIFT Orlando.

“Our red delivery trucks are in every neighborhood, every day,” said Troy Taylor, Coke Florida’s Chairman and CEO. “We have unique visibility into our local communities, and we’re committed to partnering with these charities, because they reflect our own dedication to celebrating inclusiveness, stimulating economic empowerment, and encouraging education across the Sunshine State.”

“Coke Florida is a local business. We all live and work in Florida,” said Travis Warren, Coke Florida’s Manager, Public Affairs and Community Relations. “This is just one way we’re trying to ‘do good’ in the communities we call home.”

Coke Florida, which is one of two African-American owned Coca-Cola bottlers in the U.S., will hold its first check presentation ceremony on March 10th, donating $12,500 to the 100 Black Men of South Florida. The donation will support the non-profit’s Dr. Harold Guinyard Leadership Academy (DHGLA), a premier mentoring program for young black men in the South Florida area.

The DHGLA mentoring program is facilitated by top professionals in South Florida who volunteer their time to empower 61 young leaders who attend Saturday sessions throughout the school year. The sessions are structured to incorporate health and fitness, discussions of current events, exposure to professionals in various careers, and lessons related to each grade level. During the year, the young leaders are out in the community feeding the homeless, visiting cultural sites, attending shows, conducting service trips, and participating in spring break and summer programs for career exposure. Each graduate of the program is awarded a four-year college scholarship.

 

Details about the other three organizations, and the remaining check presentations, will be released to local media in their respective markets.

About Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida) is a family-owned, franchise Coca-Cola bottler. Coke Florida’s exclusive territory covers over 18 million consumers across 47 Florida counties, and includes the major metropolitan markets of Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa. Coke Florida sells, manufactures, and distributes over 600 products of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies. Coke Florida is the third largest privately held Coca-Cola bottler and the sixth largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola products in the United States. Coke Florida was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, please visit www.cocacolaflorida.com.

 

About 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc.

Founded June 24, 1989, 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc. (the “100”), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is a group of men in business, industry, public affairs, government and the professions who share a common goal of improving the quality of life for African-Americans and other minorities. The founding members of the 100 believe that they needed to take a leadership role toward effecting such improvement by combating the plagues of illiteracy, professional stagnation, and political and economic disenfranchisement which infect our community.  Its founding purpose is reflected in its programming pillars: Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Empowerment. The 100 has identified these areas as being critical to the future of African Americans.  The 100 was formed to provide its members with a vehicle through which the requisite action could be taken to improve conditions within our community.

Barrels By the Bay

Barrels By the Bay

January 12 2018

A thriving watershed is essential to the overall health of every community we serve. It’s critical to the ecosystem, indispensable for economic prosperity and the success of our business. That is why Coca-Cola Beverages Florida places a priority on water stewardship and is committed to doing our part to conserve, restore and replenish our local water supplies. As our business continues to grow, we expect to continue partnering with conservation partners, such as Barrels by the Bay (BBTB) to work on replenishment projects to help balance the water we use in our beverages.

Most recently, we teamed up with BBTB to launch The Tampa Project. This program gives students of all ages the opportunity to learn more about their local waterways and how stormwater runoff concerns can be minimized using rain barrels. In addition to the barrels, participating teachers were provided all painting, education and installation materials for the project. We donated 40 recycled syrup drums for use in this project.

On January 12, teachers picked up the drums from our headquarters. From there, their students painted the drums and installed the conversion materials, transforming them into functioning rain barrels. The classrooms then installed into the local infrastructure of their choosing, helping to protect their community’s water resources.

Metropolitan Ministries Volunteers

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Volunteers at Metropolitan Ministries

January 10 2018

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida knows that part of our license to do business on a local level is to take care of the community in which we function. One of the ways we do this is by assisting organizations that empower community members. Metropolitan Ministries is a non-profit organization that provides “services that alleviate suffering, promote dignity and instill self-sufficiency” for those in the local Tampa community that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Since our inception in 2015, Coke Florida has been a proud partner of Metropolitan Ministries.
On January 10th, our Customer Relations Team kicked off the new year by volunteering at Metropolitan Ministries. The 27 Coke Florida associates were divided in groups and given different tasks. Some volunteered in the kitchen, where they prepared hot meals for the families that would show up later. Over the years, Metropolitan Ministries has become known for their high-quality menu items and even sell sandwiches at Tampa International Airport! Every week, they feed about 2500 people who struggle with food insecurity.
Other volunteers were tasked with mopping the floor and wiping down tables for the families coming to eat. They also cleaned the recycle area and swept the parking lot.
Meanwhile, other volunteers helped in the clothing area and helped one of the residents put an outfit together for an upcoming job interview. One of our associates who volunteered, Wendy Collins-Glover, said that “It was a very humbling experience for all of us. It was a great experience to help others. Even if we make a difference in one person’s life that’s well worth it!”
Volunteering at organizations such as Metropolitan Ministries is one of the simplest ways to give back to our community. To learn more about how you can help make a difference in our community, visit the Metropolitan Ministries website.