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Keurig Dr Pepper and KaBOOM! Present “Let’s Play Community Construction Grant” to Providence Baptist Church in Akron 

OhioBev VP Jim Ellison presented a “Let’s Play Community Construction Grant” from Keurig Dr Pepper and KaBOOM! to Providence Baptist Church’s non-profit, Providence Serving People Inc. on October 27. Learn more here.

Keurig Dr Pepper KaBoom October 2018

Coca-Cola Consolidated Toledo Participates in Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation “Take Steps” Walk

Shared by our members at Coca-Cola Consolidated:

Teammates, families, and friends in Toledo, OH participated in a walk for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Coca-Cola Consolidated also donated product and presented the Crohn’s & Colitis foundation with a $1,500 check from the Ohio Stewardship team in honor of one of our own teammates, whose son is affected by the disease.”

CCBCC Toledo Logans Heroes October 2018

Coca-Cola Consolidated Partners with USO of Southern and Central Ohio, the Cincinnati Reds and Kroger for Message in a Bottle Event

Shared by our members at Coca-Cola Consolidated:

“Coca-Cola Consolidated recently partnered with USO of Southern and Central Ohio, the Cincinnati Reds and Kroger on a Message in a Bottle event supporting our troops. Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart visited with fans at a local Kroger store and encouraged them to write thank you notes for members of our military. The messages were then distributed to active-duty military veterans and their families at a Reds game.”

PepsiCo’s Rolling Remembrance Makes Three Stops in Ohio

Started by PepsiCo in 2015, Rolling Remembrance is an 8,000+ mile long relay of an American flag to benefit the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. U.S. Military Veteran drivers use normal business routes to pass off a flag to each other at different relay points.  

On May 16th, the flag arrived at the Lima facility and was handed over to transport driver and veteran Lucas Dietz. Lucas served in the Navy for four years and has been with PepsiCo for 11 years. An event was then held for the manufacturing, warehouse and sales teams. During the event, Mike O’Brien and Tom Sullivan of Pepsi Beverages Co. addressed the crowd and thanked them for raising over $4,300 for the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

Lucas Dietz accepting the flag from Rick Sherriff

Pepsi Beverages Co. Lima

Later that day, Lucas and the flag headed to the Toledo plant where it was handed over to transport driver and veteran Dave Russell. Dave served in the Air Force for four years and has been with PepsiCo for 17 years. While there, Angie Spezia, John Sheehy and Ryan McKelvey of Pepsi Beverages Co. each spoke to attendees about the significance of Rolling Remembrance and how they can help to raise awareness for the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

Dave Russell accepts the flag from Lucas Dietz

Pepsi Beverages Co. Toledo

Dave and the flag arrived at the Twinsburg plant later that day for the final Ohio stop. Dave handed over the flag to Fleet Mechanic and Army Reserve Veteran Dustin Sandor and the flag was secured overnight.  

Dave Russell hands the flag off to Dustin Sandor

On May 17th, Michael Noble of Pepsi Beverages Co. kicked off the Twinsburg event by acknowledging all the veterans in attendance and thanked all of Pepsi Beverages Co. Twinsburg for their generous donation efforts. During the event, Dustin handed the flag over to Transport Driver and veteran Rich Bartley. Rich served in the U.S. Army Reserves for two years and has been with PepsiCo for 13 years.

Dustin Sandor hands the flag off to Rich Bartley

Pepsi Beverages Co. Twinsburg

 To learn more about Rolling Remembrance please click here.  

Coca-Cola Consolidated, Dr Pepper Snapple and Pepsi Beverages Co. participate in Rep. Marlene Anielski’s Military Resource Fair

Our Northeast Ohio Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Dr Pepper Snapple members happily donated beverages for the event, where they showcased job opportunities within the industry. Veterans also received a continental breakfast,  haircuts, massages, and more.

L to R Ricky Arnold - Dr Pepper Snapple, Rep. Marlene Anielski, Corry Countryman - Dr Pepper Snapple

L to R Ricky Arnold – Dr Pepper Snapple, Rep. Marlene Anielski, Corry Countryman – Dr Pepper Snapple

L to R James Tippens - Coca-Cola Consolidated (Army Veteran), Thomas McClaskey - Coca-Cola Consolidated (Air Force Veteran), Nick DePinto - Coca-Cola Consolidated and Tracey Ohm - Coca-Cola Consolidated (Navy Veteran)

L to R James Tippens – Coca-Cola Consolidated (Army Veteran), Thomas McClaskey – Coca-Cola Consolidated (Air Force Veteran), Nick DePinto – Coca-Cola Consolidated and Tracey Ohm – Coca-Cola Consolidated (Navy Veteran)

Coca-Cola Consolidated Assists Cincinnati Parks District in Downtown Riverfront Cleanup

Shared by our members at Coca-Cola Consolidated:

“The Cincinnati Downtown Riverfront was one of many areas in Ohio and Kentucky affected by the river flooding at the end of February 2018.  Coca-Cola Consolidated employees in Cincinnati and other facilities (Louisville and Portsmouth) responded with volunteers to assist in the cleanup of their local communities.

On Saturday, March 10th, twenty Coca-Cola Consolidated employees and their family members volunteered to assist the Cincinnati Parks District in the cleanup of the downtown riverfront.  The team helped with mulching, landscaping touch up, and clean up of river sediment debris in the main park areas.

In addition to the volunteer event, Coca-Cola Consolidated also collected clothing and food items for families in New Richmond, Ohio who were impacted by the flooding.”

To see photos, click here.

Boy Scout Troop 107 Tours Coca-Cola Consolidated Elyria Facility

Boy Scout Troop 107 recently toured the facility as they are working towards getting their truck and transportation merit badges. They learned all about the facility’s equipment, ordering, building, transportation and merchandising processes.

Coca-Cola Consolidated Lima Partners with the Lima Rescue Mission

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Lima partnered with the Lima Rescue Mission and presented a $2,500 check supporting the organization’s ongoing work. The funds will be used for general repairs throughout the mission and to paint the dining and laundry rooms!

Coca-Cola Consolidated Lima Mission Photo

Pepsi Beverages Co. Diversity Advisory Board’s Black History Month Award

Congratulations to Shirley Cooper, administrative assistant at Pepsi Beverages Co. Cincinnati for receiving the Diversity Advisory Board’s Black History Month Award! Learn more here.

Coca-Cola Consolidated Cincinnati Teammates Deliver Coca-Cola Care Bags

Over 20 Cincinnati CCBCC teammates and family members delivered Coca-Cola Care Bags containing gloves, winter hats, scarves, and more to people in need in the downtown area on January 27th. The team also handed out hot meals to more than 100 people in the area.  The team organized the initiative through the Downtown Cincinnati, Inc.’s Block by Block program.

Coke CCBCC Cinci Block by Block


Toledo Dedicates New NEOS 360, Courtesy of OSDA, American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America

Toledo kids have a new opportunity to get moving, thanks to interactive and inclusive playground equipment unveiled in September.

Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, along with area school children, formally accepted the NEOS 360 playground equipment, which is featured at Toledo’s revitalized downtown waterfront. The equipment was made possible by a matching grant from the OSDA and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America.

OSDA’s member companies have a long history in Toledo as strong employers and community supporters. We are proud to give back to the people of Toledo.

“With the Ohio Soft Drink Association grant, Toledo has created another spot in the city where families can gather, play and build memories. With the progress we are making downtown, the re-opening of Promenade Park and increased family activities, the NEOS 360 is a great fit in our downtown core,” the Mayor said.

The NEOS 360 is a challenging electronic playground system that encourages young and old alike to be active. It helps to build motor skills and is ADA compliant. Since September 1, the NEOS 360 has logged more than 5,000 games played. The data will be used to help identify other parks in Toledo that could benefit from similar playground equipment.

OSDA and the ABA also funded the installation of a NEOS 360 at the Columbus Commons in downtown Columbus. These grants are part of our industry’s longstanding commitment to reducing obesity in America.

New Electronic Play System Coming to Toledo’s Downtown Waterfront

Thanks to a gift from Ohio’s non-alcoholic beverage industry, Toledo will soon have a state of the art electronic play system – the NEOS 360.

The NEOS 360 is an interactive play system offering exercise through eight different games at various difficulty levels. Many of these games are competitive and requite teamwork and cooperation.

A presentation ceremony was held on Friday, December 9 with Toledo Mayor Paula – Hicks Hudson, the Ohio Soft Drink Association, members from S.T.R.I.V.E Toledo, Inc. (STRIVE) and others in attendance.

Learn more here.

 OSDA Supports Cincinnati’s First Ladies for Health Initiative

Connecting face-to-face with moms is one of the ways we love to share the Balance Calories message. For that reason, we welcomed the opportunity to return to Cincinnati this fall to partner with the First Ladies for Health (FLFH) project.

FLFH is a volunteer group that leverages the leadership of the First Ladies (Pastors’ wives) and other church representatives to help parishioners and community members make informed decisions about their health.

Once again, OSDA was a partner of the FLFH Family Health Screening Day, which was held across Cincinnati churches on October 8. Sixteen host locations with 35 participating churches offered free health screenings and other health-related services. More than 45 community partners and about 500 volunteers are involved with the effort.

“Access to the most basic healthcare services is a real obstacle for many Cincinnatians,” said First Lady Dena Cranley, wife of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. “The goal of the First Ladies for Health and our many partners is to increase access by providing initial health screenings that lead to follow-up and long-term care.”

Through our partnership, OSDA provided beverage tasting tables and Balance Calories Initiative tip cards to thousands of participants, sharing beverage aisle information to guide moms as they strive to make the best decisions for their families.

Our Cincinnati area bottlers helped make our participation possible. They donated refreshing low- and no-calorie beverages, volunteer time, and raffle giveaways to help make the screening day a success. In addition, OSDA provided a donation of our popular Balance Calories Initiative roller bags for grocery shopping.

The Cincinnati area is home to more than 1,250 beverage industry jobs.

For more information on Cincinnati’s FLFH, visit their Facebook page.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Pepsi Beverages Co. participate in Rep. Marlene Anielski’s Military Resource Fair

Our Northeast Ohio Pepsi and Dr Pepper Snapple group members happily donated beverages for the event, where they showcased job opportunities within the industry. Veterans also received free haircuts, massages and other amenities.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Sponsors Cincinnati’s Center for Closing the Health Gap Expo

Shared by our members at Coca-Cola Refreshments:

Rain and wind did not dampen the spirit of nearly 10,000 Cincinnati residents who turned out for the 17th annual Health Expo Saturday, April 28 in Washington Park.

Attendees visited more than 50 booths to learn about wellness and nutrition, and to participate in preventative health screenings.

Volunteers at the Coca-Cola Consolidated booth served samples of Zero-Calorie products and shared information about the industry’s Balance Calories initiative.

The health expo was spearheaded by the Cincinnati Center for Closing the Health Gap, and created as part of the organization’s campaign to end health inequities. The event is geared to serve minority populations who are most affected by health disparities across the city. Coca-Cola has been a long-time sponsor of the event.



Pepsi Beverages Co. Twinsburg holds 25th annual Breakfast With Santa

The wildly popular Breakfast with Santa event was attended by over 2,000 Pepsi employees and their families this year. A sausage and pancake breakfast was prepared and served by Pepsi employees. Cleveland Indians player Michael Brantley was on site to sign autographs and take photos.  Gifts were presented to the children and Pepsi employees, including raffle prizes. Tours of the production facility were also offered.

Over $7,000 was raised from the raffle, benefiting Santa’s Hideaway Hollow. To read more about the event and Santa’s Hideaway Hollow, check out our blog post here.

To see photos from this year’s event, click here.

Coca-Cola joins city officials and stakeholders in Athens to celebrate launch of new residential recycling cart program on Friday, October 21

Shared by our members at Coca-Cola Refreshments:

Local leaders unveiled the new program at the press conference, which is scheduled to launch the first week of November. 

The City of Athens, Rural Action and The Recycling Partnership presented information to help educate residents and raise awareness about the importance of curb-side recycling and the benefits of the carts.

Robert Person, CCR Distribution Center Manager, and Drew Pleune, Warehouse Manager, represented Coca-Cola at the launch.

Coca-Cola is a supporter of the The Recycling Partnership, a public-private partnership focused on increasing curbside recycling initiatives. 


Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Kroger and others participate in KaBoom! playground build in Northside on Friday, September 9

The Cincinnati Rec Commission, Good Sports, and Northside Community Council also participated in the build. Over 160 volunteers came out to help construct the playground as well as park benches and flower boxes.

Volunteers also sorted and donated more than $120,000 worth of Good Sports equipment to four local organizations.

View photos here and here.

Pepsi Beverages Co. Cincinnati Culture & Inclusion Committee hosts golf outing benefiting Autism Speaks on Sunday, August 21

The outing was held at Great Parks of Hamilton County’s “The Mill Course”. The committee hosted seven foursomes of Pepsi employees as well as family / friends. The outing raised over $1,330 for Autism Speaks.

The Culture and Inclusion Committee consists of ten employees that come together to share ideas on how they can assist those in the community, as well as employees, throughout the year.

Kroger and Coca-Cola team up with the USO to treat 600 military personnel to a Cincinnati Reds game on Friday, August 1

Shared by our members at Cincinnati Coca-Cola - read more here.

Holton Recreation Center wins Keep Columbus Beautiful “Pick It Up” Challenge, awarded Coca-Cola Float Party

The Coca-Cola Float Party was held at the Holton Recreation Center on Tuesday, July 19. Sixteen different city summer camps held at recreation centers across Columbus competed in the challenge. Holton collected 27 bags of litter and five bags of recycling.

For the past three years, Keep Columbus Beautiful and the Coca-Cola Columbus Syrup Plant have partnered together for this challenge.

Congratulations to Holton Recreation Center!




G&J Pepsi Playground Canopy Donation for St. Stephen’s Community House on Tuesday, June 28

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, June 28th at St. Stephen’s Community House in Columbus to showcase a playground canopy donated by G&J Pepsi last summer in conjunction with their 50th anniversary.

G&J Pepsi has been supporting St. Stephen’s Community House since the 1970’s. They helped to build a gymnasium for St. Stephen’s community center, and are currently helping to refurbish that same gym.

Michelle Mills, President/CEO of St. Stephen’s led a short tour of the grounds followed by the ceremony. She thanked G&J Pepsi for their support. Also part of the celebrations was Christ Child Society, who donated a turf lawn.