Local Action, Global Impact

The Coca-Cola Replenish Program is making an impact right here in the Ozarks. The world-wide effort has achieved its goal of replacing 100% of the natural water supply that is used to make our products.

As part of the recent #EarthDay celebrations, we repurposed 20 syrup drums into rainbarrels that were donated to the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity.This video shows you how we did it — www.facebook.com/ozarkscokedp/videos/10155158723973808/

Ozark’s Coca-Cola Bottling Company Signs Letter of Intent with the Coca-Cola Company to Expand Territory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 25, 2016

Contact: Sally Hargis, VP/Chairman

417-865-9900, ext. 256

shargis@cocacolaozarks.com

 

Ozark’s Coca-Cola Bottling Company Signs Letter of Intent with the Coca-Cola Company to Expand Territory

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company announced today that it has signed a Letter
of Intent (LOI) with The Coca-Cola Company to expand its franchise territory. The Bottler will assume territories in northwest Arkansas and small areas in Kansas and Oklahoma. Transition dates are subject to the parties reaching Definitive Agreements and are expected to be complete in 2017. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Edwin C. Rice, CEO, said, “We are excited about bringing new employees into our family-owned Company which was founded 96 years ago. Working closely with the Coca-Cola Company and our capable employees, we are excited to introduce the Ozarks’ brand of customer service to our new partners in northwest Arkansas, Kansas & Oklahoma. The proposed expansion provides us with the opportunity to enhance our strengths as the local Coca-Cola Bottler in the communities we serve.”

“We have made significant progress toward the implementation of our 21st Century Beverage Partnership Model in the U.S., which continues to strengthen our franchise system,” said J. Alexander “Sandy” Douglas Jr., President, Coca-Cola North America. “As we continue to evolve our partnership model for growth, Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company brings deep, local knowledge and has demonstrated both outstanding commercial capabilities and consistent, sustainable success within their communities.”

About Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company is a third generation family-owned Bottler operating in Missouri
for 96 years. Founded by the Rice family in 1920, Coca-Cola products are manufactured in Springfield, with sales and distribution branches in Springfield, Bolivar, Rolla, Joplin and West Plains, MO. A women-owned business, Ozarks employs over 500 associates and serves more than 1 million consumers through local, regional and national customers. More information about Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company is available at www.cocacolaozarks.com

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and more than 3,800 beverage choices. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world’s most valuable and recognizable brands, our company’s portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands, 18 of which are available in reduced-, low- or no-calorie options. Our billion-dollar brands include Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Dasani, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Del Valle, Georgia and Gold Peak. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, we are the No. 1 provider of both sparkling and still beverages. More than 1.9 billion servings of our beverages are enjoyed by consumers in more than 200 countries each day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.

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Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company Announces New President And Chief Operating Officer

For Immediate Release

January 19, 2016

Contact: Sally Hargis, VP Corporate Strategy

417-865-9900, ext. 256

shargis@cocacolaozarks.com

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company Announces New President And Chief Operating Officer

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company is pleased to announce the election of Bruce Long to the office of President and Chief Operating Officer.

Long has been employed at Ozarks Coca-Cola for 15 years. He began his career with Ozarks as the Corporate Convenience Manager and Corporate Marketing Manager. Prior to being named as President and COO, Long served as the Vice President of Marketing/Business Development. Long has a BS and a Master in Education from Southwest Baptist University (SBU). Before coming to Ozarks, he was the Regional VP of Sales at Teters Floral Products, the Head Baseball Coach at SBU and a Professional Baseball Player for the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies. He is involved with Ridgecrest Baptist Church and is active in several industry organizations.

“It is a privilege to be a part of Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company,” Long said. “Ozarks is a company with strong ties to the community, a strong sense of responsibility and a great deal of integrity. I’m looking forward to the future as our entire team continues to serve this area their favorite beverages.”

About Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company is a third generation, family-owned bottler operating in Missouri for 95 years. Founded by the Rice family in 1920, Coca-Cola products are manufactured in Springfield with sales centers in Springfield, Bolivar and Rolla. Ozarks Coca-Cola was a Top 10 Bottler in 2014, and employs 500 associates. More information about Ozarks Coca-Cola is available at http://cocacolaozarks.com, and a territory map is available at http://cocacolaozarks.com/business/market-area-map.

Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company’s mission is to bring sparkling moments of refreshment to everyone in the Ozarks with the taste of their favorite soft drinks. We honor the history of our iconic brands in partnership with the Rice and Heer families for 95 years. Our passionate employees add value to their communities every day through meaningful service to customers and providing economic
benefit for all of us.

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Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company Acquires New Territories from The Coca-Cola Company

For Immediate Release

November 2, 2015

Contact: Sally Hargis, VP Corporate Strategy

417-865-9900, ext. 256

shargis@cocacolaozarks.com

Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company Acquires New Territories from The Coca-Cola Company

SPRINGFIELD, MO—Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company expanded its franchise territory on October 30 with the acquisition of new territories from The Coca-Cola Company.

Deliveries of Coca-Cola products by Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company to territories in Missouri, northern Arkansas and southeast Kansas will begin on November 2. Distribution centers for the new territories are located in Joplin, Missouri and West Plains, Missouri.

Edwin C. Rice, CEO and Chairman, said, “We are excited to serve the communities
of Joplin and West Plains as the local Coca-Cola Bottler. As a family-owned company, we welcome nearly 160 new employees into the Ozarks Coca-Cola family, and look forward to sharing our distinct brand of customer service with our new partners in the beverage industry.”

About Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company is a third generation, family-owned Bottler operating in Missouri for 95 years. Founded by the Rice family in 1920, Coca-Cola products are manufactured in Springfield with sales centers in Springfield, Bolivar and Rolla. Ozarks Coca-Cola was a Top 10 Bottler in 2014, and employs more than 300 associates. More information about Ozarks Coca-Cola is available at cocacolaozarks.com, and a territory map is available at cocacolaozarks.com/business/market-area-map.

Ozarks Coca-Cola is honored to be a part of the 21st Century Partnership Model with The Coca-Cola franchise system and sees this as an opportunity to share the company’s mission and strengthen the communities they serve.

“Our 21st Century Beverage Partnership Model underscores the strength of The Coca-Cola System, and independent bottlers are critical to our success,” said Sandy Douglas, President, Coca-Cola North America. “Together with Ozarks Coca-Cola, we are building a model that is modern, agile and consumer and customer focused, and one that balances national scale and local capability.”

Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company’s mission is to bring sparkling moments of refreshment to everyone in the Ozarks with the taste of their favorite soft drinks. We honor the history of our iconic brands in partnership with the Rice and Heer families for 95 years. Our passionate employees add value to their communities every day through meaningful service to customers and providing economic benefit for all of us.

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Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company Signs Letter of Intent with the Coca-Cola Company to Expand Territory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 22, 2015

Contact: Sally Hargis, VP Corporate Strategy

417-865-9900, ext. 256

shargis@cocacolaozarks.com

OZARKS COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT WITH THE COCA-COLA COMPANY TO EXPAND TERRITORY

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company announced today that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with The Coca-Cola Company to expand its franchise territory. The Bottler will assume territories in Missouri, northern Arkansas and southeast Kansas. Expected transition dates are subject to the parties reaching Definitive Agreements. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Edwin C. Rice, CEO and Chairman, said, “We are thrilled to have this growth opportunity for our family-owned Company which was founded 95 years ago. Working closely with the Coca-Cola Company and our capable employees, we are anxious to introduce the Ozarks’ brand of customer service to our new partners in the beverage marketplace. The proposed expansion provides us with the opportunity to leverage our strengths as the local Coca-Cola Bottler in the communities we serve.”

“We have made significant progress toward the implementation of our 21st Century Beverage Partnership Model in the U.S., which continues to strengthen our franchise system,” said Sandy Douglas, President, North America. “As we continue to evolve our partnership model for growth, Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company brings deep, local knowledge and has demonstrated both outstanding commercial capabilities and consistent, sustainable success within their communities.”

About Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company is a third generation family-owned Bottler operating in Missouri for 95 years. Founded by the Rice family in 1920, Coca-Cola products are manufactured in Springfield, with sales and distribution branches in Springfield, Bolivar and Rolla, MO. A women-owned business, Ozarks employs over 300 associates and serves more than 850,000 consumers through local, regional and national customers. More information about Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company is available at cocacolaozarks.com

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by CocaCola, one of the world’s most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company’s portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, POWERADE, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia, Dasani and FUZE TEA. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.

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Glendale Senior Named a Coca-Cola Scholar

Congratulations Meredith! More than 102,000 students nationwide applied and only 150 were chosen. We are so proud that one of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program recipients is from Springfield, Missouri.

This article originally appeared in the Springfield News-Leader on February 24, 2015

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Glendale High School senior Meredith Waites was recently named a Coca-Cola Scholar. (Photo: Submitted)

Glendale High School senior Meredith Waites has been named a winner in the nationwide Coca-Cola Scholars Program. For the honor, Waites received a $20,000 scholarship, according to a news release.

Waites, of Springfield, was chosen to be one of 150 scholars from a pool of more than 102,000 applicants from across the country for her outstanding leadership, academic achievements and dedication to community service.

She served as one of four Missouri finalists.

“I feel very accomplished, but at the same time I’m very surprised and shocked,” said Waites, in a news release. “I’m just a girl from Springfield, Missouri, I didn’t think I would be even close to be on the same level as some of the other finalists, so it’s such an honor to be considered for this scholarship.”

According to the release, Waites was notified of being named a Coca-Cola Scholar on Feb. 18, but it wasn’t the last good news she received on the snow day.

She was also named an Ingram Scholar at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Ingram Scholars are required not only to volunteer for community service but also design and implement projects that address specific community needs. Each scholar participates in community service projects at least 20 hours each month and receive a minimum of full-tuition and a stipend for a summer project.

Waites was one of 13 scholars who were selected from 831 applicants.

Central High senior Telyse Masaoay, Kickapoo High senior Boo Koss and Parkview High senior Hussain Rao were named semifinalists in the Coca-Cola Scholars competition.

Central High senior named semifinalist for Coca-Cola Scholars

This article originally appeared in the Springfield News-Leader on January 13, 2015

Central High School senior Teylse Masaoay has been named a semifinalist in the nationwide Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Central High School senior Teylse Masaoay has been named a semifinalist in the nationwide Coca-Cola Scholars Program. (Photo: News-Leader file photo)

A Central High School senior has been named a semifinalist for the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

Teylse Masaoay was chosen to be one of nearly 2,200 semifinalists from a pool of more than 102,000 applicants from across the country for her leadership, academic achievements and dedication to community service, according to a news release.

If selected as one of 250 regional finalists, she will qualify to be one of 150 Coca-Cola Scholars, who receive a $20,000 scholarship.

Nixa High debate students advance to “Top 32” round

Students from Nixa High School have advanced to the “Top 32” round of an international debate competition, according to a news release.

The Bickel & Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum, or IPPF, is known as the only competition that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy.

By advancing, the students remain eligible to win a $10,000 grand prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City in May.

“We are very proud of Nixa High School and all of the teams that advanced in this very competitive global debate challenge,” says William A. Brewer III, partner at the law firm of Bickel & Brewer and a founder of the IPPF, in a news release. “These students have distinguished themselves as among the best in this unique test of research, writing and advocacy.”

This year, 243 teams — representing schools in 32 U.S. states and 21 countries — submitted qualifying round essays on either side of this topic: “Mass surveillance is not a justified method of governmental intelligence gathering.” Those essays were reviewed by a committee, which determined the top 64 teams based on the overall quality of each 2,800-word essay.

In November, the “Round of 64” teams began a single-elimination, written debate competition. Each team was assigned a position (affirmative or negative) and then volleyed papers back and forth with another team via email. A panel of judges reviewed the essays and selected the winning teams. In that round, Nixa High School defeated Trinity High School from Washington, Pennsylvania.

The “Top 32” round begins immediately. Nixa High School will compete against Clayton High School from Clayton, Mo. The top 32 teams represent schools from 17 U.S. states and five countries, including the United States, Czech Republic, and Singapore.

The prevailing teams will be announced on February 12, and will compete in the “Sweet 16” round. On March 19, the “Elite 8” teams will be announced. Those teams will travel to New York City on an all-expenses-paid trip to the finals.

Nixa and Clayton are the only two Missouri teams in the “Top 32.”

Nixa students prepare, present personal business plans

At Nixa High School, the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management class created their personal business plans and recently pitched them to a “Shark Tank” style panel, according to a news release.

The students included detailed operation, marketing and financial plans for their proposed businesses.

Some of the business ideas include: Mexican food truck, drive-thru grocery store, cultural cuisine cafe, human/dog cafe, pottery store, lawn care, grocery delivery, outdoor Christmas light hanging and removal, lawn care, sporting goods, online yo-yo sales, elderly day care, local trendy men’s clothing store, and many more for a total of 27 new business plans for our Nixa area and surrounding communities.

To submit the academic, extracurricular or community achievement of a youth, email education reporter Claudette Riley at criley@news-leader.com.

Sneak Peek of Sunday’s “Big Game” Coca-Cola ad

For 127 years, Coca-Cola has celebrated optimism and the pursuit of happiness. This Sunday, February 2, Coca-Cola will add to that legacy with a new 60-second ad on America’s biggest media stage: the Big Game.

During the second half, Coca-Cola will air the commercial titled “Going All the Way.” “Going All the Way” is an all-American tale of triumph over adversity. The unlikely hero is Adrian, a small but determined high school football player. He earns the confidence of his team when he gets the game-time opportunity of a lifetime. The opposing team fumbles the ball, and it lands in his arms. Now is the time for Adrian to shine. With support from his team, and the crowd, Adrian breaks through and perseveres to achieve greatness.

Coca-Cola is releasing “Going All the Way” to the public early in hopes of reaching 10,000 shares online. Once that is accomplished, the company will donate $50,000 to the Boys and Girls Club (BGCA) Triple Play program.

We’ve also posted the ad on our Facebook and Twitter page for you to watch, and then share with all of your friends. We encourage you to share your thoughts about the ad by using the hashtag #AmericaIsBeautiful.

Focus on Employees: Steven Todd

Welcome to our new blog that will focus on getting to know the employees of Ozarks Coca-Cola Dr Pepper one by one each week. We invite you to read this and get a more in depth understanding of what we do at Coca-Cola. It takes many hands and minds to bring you the delicious Coca-Cola flavors we all love and enjoy!

1. How long have you worked here?
9 years

2. What do you do on a daily basis at Coca-Cola?
I operate and manage all of the convenience/gas station channels and also my guys who are in the stores daily taking orders and moving products.

 3. What is your favorite thing about working here?
I love the idea of how huge Coke and Dr Pepper are. They are major icons in our world today. I also get to meet a lot of people on a daily basis and that keeps it interesting.

4.  Tell me one thing about yourself that most people don’t know.
I was a chef before I worked at Coke and I have a passion for cooking.

5. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
I would live during the 1900’s when Coke was introduced to the market. I imagine walking into a pharmacy where it is sold by the glass for 5 cents and experiencing what it would be like without knowing this product would someday be world famous.

6. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
I would buy my parents a house.

7. Tell me one thing from Coca-Cola’s past that has stuck in your mind.
I always remember that when Coke was first bottled and available for delivery, cases were delivered one at a time off of a truck. Glass bottles and wooden crates…. So simple but yet it made a mark in America’s history.

8. What is something new that you learned this week?
I was shopping in the grocery store and discovered Ghost Peppers. Apparently these are the hottest peppers on Earth! They are about 5 times hotter than a Habanero pepper and 2 times as much as a Jalapeño!

9. What is your favorite Coca-Cola product and why?
Diet Coke is my favorite product. I like the unique flavor and taste.

10. From working in this business and being around different products all the time, what product or flavor would you like Coke to come out with next?
I would love to see Coke come out with a Coke flavored crème soda.

11. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
I would be a monkey. They are full of life and always jumping around with so much energy, kind of like me.

Focus on Employees: Chrissy Stillings

Welcome to our new blog that will focus on getting to know the employees of Ozarks Coca-Cola Dr Pepper one by one each week. We invite you to read this and get a more in depth understanding of what we do at Coca-Cola. It takes many hands and minds to bring you the delicious Coca-Cola flavors we all love and enjoy!

As I sit down with Chrissy Stillings in her office on this beautiful Wednesday afternoon in June, I look forward to learning just a little about this bubbly woman who can always be seen around the office with a smile on her face. Chrissy is the AR/Collections Manager here at Coca-Cola and below is a glimmer into her personal life.

1. How long have you worked here?
I started on February 15, 2013 so that makes it about 4 months!

2. What do you do on a daily basis at Coca-Cola?
I am basically in charge of all money that comes in for payments. My team and I process these which can be by cash, credit cards, check, etc. We also work on collecting money from accounts that owe us and the invoicing that goes along with that.

3. What is your favorite thing about working here?
“I like all the lovely people”

4. Tell me one thing about yourself that most people don’t know.
I went on vacation to Hawaii and while on the flight realized I was sitting next to the singers from Life House! That was exciting because I like their music and the singer is really good looking. (She laughs) During my vacation, I went on a snorkel tour and swam up to a very large sea turtle. Suddenly I was grabbed by a local woman yelling at me to get away from the turtle. That is something I will never forget!

5. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
I am very interested in History and would love to go back to the past and see Abe Lincoln give his Gettysburg Address Speech. That was such an interesting time in history that eventually led to the equality of people and abolishing slavery.

6. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
I would first give some money to my parents and friends. Then I would change my phone number so everyone else wouldn’t bother me!

7. Tell me one thing from Coca-Cola’s past that has stuck in your mind.
That it was first sold at drug stores as an elixir and marketed to relieve pain and help the body feel better.

8. What is something new that you learned this week?
I was around many of my family members last weekend and through conversation, figured out that I am 1/8 Cherokee Indian.

9. What is your favorite Coca-Cola product?
Diet Barq’s Root Beer!

10. From working in this business and being around different products all the time, what product or flavor would you like Coke to come out with next?
I love coffee and would love it if Coke came out with a Frappuccino drink or a mixture that you could buy and pour it with crushed ice at home.

11. What is your favorite holiday?
(She hesitates, and I wonder why, because she has a Christmas coffee mug sitting right there on her desk). She then responds and confirms my hunch by saying, “It’s Christmas.”