Honoring our Frontline Heroes



As part of our continuing salute to those individuals in our community who keep working during tough times, The Coca-Cola Company has released this video tribute to the company’s Front Line Heroes. And here at Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company, we couldn’t agree more!

From our local production and warehouse employees to distribution and delivery staff in the four states included in our service area, our teams have pulled together and risen to meet unprecedented challenges. During the ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic crisis, that means they have safely continued to deliver the familiar, refreshing tastes that our customers expect. 

Produced by Coca-Cola Franchise Leadership, the video features Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper in several places. We’re proud to be a part of it and are excited to share it with you! 





The Ozarks is home to TWO 2018 Coca-Cola Scholars!

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company is proud to announce that the 2018 Coca-Cola Scholars Class of 2018 includes two Arkansas students from our Ozarks regional distribution area. Pablo Manon attends Har-Ber High School in Springdale, and Ty West is a student at Fayetteville Senior High School. The two were part of a select group of 150 seniors from across the country, narrowed down from nearly 140,000 initial entries. The Scholars are selected for their outstanding academic, extracurricular, and service experience.

Opportunity to Excel

The title of Coca-Cola Scholar carries with it a $20,000 scholarship to the student’s institution of choice. It also connects them with thousands of past Coca-Cola Scholars who are renewing our world as leaders in medicine, government, education, business, and even the bright lights of Broadway theaters.

Congratulations to Pablo and Ty, and a Coca-Cola toast to your past and future accomplishments!

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Fayetteville Senior High School student Ty West is a 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar.
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Springdale Senior Pablo Manon was profiled as one of the 2018 Coca-Cola Scholars in this video.



One Springdale and Four Fayetteville High School Students Chosenfor Final Selection Stage in Prestigious Scholarship Program

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Fayetteville, AR – Four students at Fayetteville High School and one from Har-Ber High School in Springdale, AR have been included in a nationwide group of 253 high school seniors selected as Regional Finalists for the Coca‑Cola Scholars Program class of 2018. Each student will receive at minimum a $500 educational stipend from the Coca‑Cola Scholars Foundation to use at the college of their choice next fall, thanks to the generous support of the Coca‑Cola Company and Coca-Cola bottlers throughout the country. The five were selected as Regional Finalists based on academic excellence, leadership, and achievement demonstrated in school and community activities. Fayetteville High School is the only school in the U.S. with four students on this year’s list.

The student from Har-Ber High School is Pablo Manon, and the Fayetteville students are Sara Gardner, Jordan Marsh, Naomi Michael, and Ty West. The five were among more than 1,900 Semifinalists who were selected from nearly 140,000 initial applicants. Each one will take part in the final selection phase, which includes regional interviews to be conducted in late February. 150 of these Regional Finalists will be designated as Coca-Cola Scholars and will receive a $20,000 scholarship to be used at their college of choice. Collectively, the Coca‑Cola Scholars Foundation will award $3.1 million in college scholarships to these outstanding young leaders. Fayetteville High School student Katie Gardner was also a 2017 recipient of the scholarship award.

Ozarks Coca-Cola Dr Pepper has a proud tradition with the national program. There have been multiple Regional Finalists from high schools in our distribution area, including 2015 Coca-Cola Scholar Meredith Waites from Glendale High School in Springfield, MO.

“As a premier scholarship provider, we recognize our role in helping young people achieve their college goals,” said Mark Davis, President of the Foundation. “The economy continues to affect many students’ ability to attend the college of their choice, so it is critical we continue to stay the course. The Coca‑Cola Scholars Foundation received nearly 150,000 applications this year, and the Regional Finalists are truly some of the most accomplished students in the country.”

In addition to receiving college scholarships, those selected as Coca-Cola Scholars will be welcomed into a vibrant and growing family of more than 5,900 alumni that foster lasting connections with each other and the Foundation. No other scholarship program maintains such lifetime connections or nurtures such a unique culture. Coca-Cola Scholar alumni stay in touch through regional councils, special events, and their local Coca‑Cola bottling facilities. In 2006, a Coca-Cola Scholar Alumni Advisory Board was created so that alumni could make an even greater positive impact together.

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Ozarks Coca-Cola Dr Pepper Bottling Company is a third-generation, family-owned bottler operating in Missouri for 98 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, and Northwest Arkansas. Ozarks Coca-Cola employs over 700 associates and serves more than one million consumers through local, regional and national customers. More information about Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company is available at www.cocacolaozarks.com

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across America and The Coca‑Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. The program recognizes a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors who are socially-conscious, service-minded leaders with a passion to make our world a better place. The Coca-Cola system believes that investing in students who are leaders, both academically and in service to others, will result in positive, lasting change and sustainable communities. Since inception, the Foundation has awarded over $66 million in scholarships, enabling a brighter future for each awardee.

Cool look, smaller size, BIG taste!

If you haven’t tried Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, now is the perfect time!


Ozarks Coca-Cola Dr Pepper Bottling Company is now delivering the newly designed 8.5-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar!

These individual serving packages have a distinct imprint on recyclable aluminum, and carry more Coke flavor per ounce. It’s a unique way to enjoy the great taste of your new favorite no-calorie refreshment. Look for them in your neighborhood Coca-Cola retailer!

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Coca-Cola Zero Sugar is HERE!

Coke Zero Sugar cropOzarks 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 Childrens Choir visits Ozarks Coca-Cola

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


A Coca-Cola cheers to a New Year!

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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