Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company is pleased to announce the arrival of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. Playing on the popular taste of Coke Zero, our new formula enhances that great flavor that Coke drinkers crave, while keeping calories and sugar right where they want them – at Zero. After a highly successful international launch, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar is now available in the U.S., including Springfield and throughout the Ozarks region.
Our revamped recipe supports the Coca-Cola company’s continued efforts to boost promotion of no- and low-sugar refreshment options to help people that want to reduce their consumption of added sugars. Coca-Cola Zero Sugar joins roughly 250 other delicious no- and low-calorie beverages that are available to consumers throughout in the U.S.
Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company invites fans of the iconic Coke taste to try a Coca-Cola Zero Sugar at your favorite retail location today!
“Watoto Children’s Choirs have travelled internationally since 1994 as advocates for the estimated 50 million children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war, poverty and disease. Accompanied by a team of adults, the choir presents Watoto’s vision and mission through their stories, music and dance. Watoto choirs act as ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa. The experience gives the children exposure to other cultures broadening their worldview. It also gives them confidence and boldness and helps them rise up out of their own situations of sadness and despair.” – http://www.watoto.com/the-choir
Randy Henkle, Operations Manager at Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper, decided to contact the Watoto group after seeing their tour bus in Springfield last year. He approached them about coming to tour the bottling facility, and a March 9, 2012 date was secured. The Watoto children are Ugandan orphans that perform in the United States amongst several other countries to earn funds and awareness for their orphanage. They come with big smiles, laughter, singing and dancing as they share their stories of how they have come to where they are now. Randy recounted a story he heard about a child that had been with the Choir for two years. “Before that he had made bricks out of mud for a man and sold them. This was a child only 6 years old.” He also shared a story about three young girls. “Another group of children’s father was killed in war, and the mother had neglected them, leaving them in their grandmother’s care. Once the grandmother had passed the girls took to the streets to beg. A priest picked them up off the streets and took them to Watoto.” The group that visited Ozarks consisted of 22 children with 11 adults. They were given a tour of the plant, and were able to see how the bottling process works. We made sure that they didn’t leave empty-handed, giving them goodie bags that included a Coke lunch sack, a Coke Frisbee, a Coke wristband, sunglasses and a Coke T-shirt. We hope that the Choir enjoyed their visit as much as we enjoyed having them, and we look forward to meeting new members in the future!
Ozarks First came out to capture the visit. Be sure to check out the video!
They will be traveling in the area for the next week. You can meet them too! http://www.watoto.com/the-choir/see-the-choir
Happy 2012 Everyone! We are looking forward to another great year of working with all of our wonderful customers and employees alike! In 2011, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company celebrated the anniversaries of 21 employees in the company ranging from 20 years to 50 years of service! And that’s not even including the impressive number of employees who received 5-15 year service awards. We hope that the dedication in years of service speaks volumes for the atmosphere of this company. We are proud to work with such great people in our Bolivar, Lebanon, Rolla, & Springfield branches, and look forward to continuing to work with them in the many years to come!
This year is already filled with many exciting promotions and events! Don’t miss the ACM Awards this April, when Dr Pepper 10 teams up with country star, Blake Shelton as he co-hosts the popular Academy of Country Music Awards show. Coca-Cola & Dr Pepper will also be teaming up with some awesome movies this coming May 2012 that you will definitely want to watch! Coke Zero has joined with the new movie Battleship, an action-packed thriller based on the actual board game, Battleship. Dr Pepper will soon be featuring The Avengers on its product packaging. This movie is a collaboration of all your favorite Marvel superheroes in one movie that will be a true ‘must see’.
Again, we are looking forward to a great year ahead! Stay tuned!
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