The Coca-Cola CompanyContent from Coca-Cola.http://www.6gaoshen.com© 2018 THE COCA-COLA COMPANYCoca-Cola Reports Continued Momentum in Second Quarter; Updates Full Year Guidancehttp://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/coca-cola-reports-continued-momentum-in-second-quarterNet Revenues Grew 6%; Organic Revenues (Non-GAAP) Grew 6% Operating Income Grew 8%; Comparable Currency Neutral Operating Income (Non-GAAP) Grew 14% Operating Margin Was 29.9%; Comparable Operating Margin (Non-GAAP) Was 30.3%, Including the Impact from Currency Headwinds and Acquis...Tue, 23 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/coca-cola-reports-continued-momentum-in-second-quarter2019-07-23T04:00:00Z

Net Revenues Grew 6%; Organic Revenues (Non-GAAP) Grew 6%

Operating Income Grew 8%; Comparable Currency Neutral Operating Income (Non-GAAP) Grew 14%

Operating Margin Was 29.9%; Comparable Operating Margin (Non-GAAP) Was 30.3%, Including the Impact from

Currency Headwinds and Acquisitions

EPS Grew 12% to $0.61; Comparable EPS (Non-GAAP) Grew 4% to $0.63, Despite a 9% Currency Headwind

ATLANTA, July 23, 2019 ?The Coca-Cola Company today reported strong operating results in the second quarter of 2019, driven by consumer-centric innovation, solid core brand performance and improved execution in the marketplace. Reported net revenues and organic revenues (non-GAAP) both grew 6% through balanced volume and price/mix, with all operating segments contributing to organic revenue (non-GAAP) growth. The company continued to gain global value share. The company’s performance year-to-date led to an update in full year guidance.

"Our strategy to transform as a total beverage company has allowed us to continue to win in a growing and vibrant industry," said James Quincey, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. "Our progress is positioning the company to create more value for all of our stakeholders, including our shareowners."

Highlights

Quarterly Performance

  • Revenues: Net revenues grew 6% to $10.0 billion. Organic revenues (non-GAAP) grew 6%. Revenue growth was driven by concentrate sales growth of 4% and price/mix growth of 2%.
  • Margin: Operating margin, which included items impacting comparability, was 29.9% versus 29.4% in the prior year. Comparable operating margin (non-GAAP) was 30.3% versus 30.6% in the prior year. Strong underlying operating margin (non-GAAP) expansion was offset by an approximate 185 basis point negative impact from currency headwinds and net acquisitions.
  • Earnings per share: EPS grew 12% to $0.61. Comparable EPS (non-GAAP) grew 4% to $0.63. Comparable EPS growth included the impact from a 9-point currency headwind.
  • Market share: The company continued to gain value share in total nonalcoholic ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverages.
  • Cash flow: Year-to-date cash from operations was $4.5 billion, up 68% largely due to strong underlying growth, working capital initiatives and the timing of tax payments. Year-to-date free cash flow (non-GAAP) was $3.7 billion, up 87%.

Company Updates

  • Driving sparkling: Strong performance for the quarter was driven by sparkling soft drinks, led by 4% volume and transaction growth in trademark Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola Zero Sugar continues to perform well, with a seventh consecutive quarter of double-digit volume growth globally. Quarterly performance was further driven by innovation, such as Coca-Cola Plus Coffee, and a modernized marketing strategy for today's consumers. The company reached a first-of-its-kind partnership with Netflix to temporarily bring back 1985’s New Coke for the July 4 debut of season 3 of the hit series "Stranger Things."
  • Growing coffee: During the quarter, the company launched the first-ever Costa Coffee ready-to-drink (RTD) chilled product in Great Britain, marking the first major introduction since Coca-Cola acquired Costa earlier this year. The company plans to roll out the product in additional markets in the second half of the year. The brand delivers an authentic coffee taste experience with 30% less sugar than most RTD coffees in Costa’s core market of Great Britain. The Costa Coffee brand is also expanding through a new agreement with Coca-Cola HBC AG. The agreement will address a broad range of consumer and customer needs across multiple channels and occasions, including roast and ground coffee, RTD offerings and vending. The bottler plans to introduce Costa Coffee in at least 10 markets in 2020.
  • Expanding energy: The first energy drink under the Coca-Cola brand launched in select European countries during the quarter. Coca-Cola Energy features caffeine from naturally derived sources, guarana extracts, B vitamins and no taurine, all with the great Coca-Cola taste and feeling that people know and love. The product has shown early signs of success. Coca-Cola Energy is now available in 14 countries, including recent launches in Japan, Australia and South Africa. The company expects to offer Coca-Cola Energy in 20 markets by the end of 2019, including Mexico and Brazil.
  • Lifting, shifting and scaling: Since the company's initial investment in the innocent business in 2009, the innocent team has taken the business from the #1 smoothie brand in the U.K. to the #1 chilled juice brand across Europe. The brand is now expanding into Asia for the first time through a targeted rollout, starting in Tokyo. Innocent is loved by consumers who want more functional and nutritional benefits in their daily diet, in addition to those who enjoy natural, delicious and healthy juices and smoothies.
  • Making progress in packaging: The company continues to make progress on its World Without Waste goals for recycling, recyclable packaging and the use of recycled materials, including these recent milestones:

- Bottlers worldwide continue to introduce more brands in 100% recycled PET (rPET) packaging. Recent launches include the green tea brand Hajime Ichinichi Ippon in Japan; the Romerquelle and Valser water brands in Austria and Switzerland, respectively; Viva water in the Philippines; and San Luis water in Peru. In Western Europe, 100% rPET bottles will be launched for smartwater, Chaudfontaine and Honest by the end of 2019.

- Coca-Cola Amatil and Coca-Cola Australia announced that 70% of all PET bottles in the market will be made from 100% rPET by the end of 2019.

- Coca-Cola European Partners and Coca-Cola Great Britain announced a switch from green to clear bottles for Sprite in their markets as a way to improve recycling. Other markets are making this change as well.

- Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the Philippines, announced that it will lead the investment in a $19 million state-of-the-art, food-grade recycling facility that will collect, sort, clean and wash post-consumer recyclable plastic bottles and turn them into new bottles using advanced technology. It is    Coca-Cola’s first major investment in a recycling facility in Southeast Asia.

- Coca-Cola Vietnam led the launch of an industry-backed packaging recovery organization alongside other companies. The organization will initially focus on increasing recovery and recycling rates for three materials: PET, aluminum and Tetra Pak].

Notes

  • All references to growth rate percentages and share compare the results of the period to those of the prior year comparable period.
  • All references to volume and volume percentage changes indicate unit case volume, unless otherwise noted. All volume percentage changes are computed based on average daily sales, unless otherwise noted. "Unit case" means a unit of measurement equal to 24 eight-ounce servings of finished beverage. "Unit case volume" means the number of unit cases (or unit case equivalents) of company beverages directly or indirectly sold by the company and its bottling partners to customers.
  • "Concentrate sales" represents the amount of concentrates, syrups, beverage bases, source waters and powders/minerals (in all instances expressed in equivalent unit cases) sold by, or used in finished beverages sold by, the company to its bottling partners or other customers. In the reconciliation of reported net revenues, "concentrate sales" represents the percent change in net revenues attributable to the increase (decrease) in concentrate sales volume for the geographic operating segments and the Global Ventures operating segment (excluding Costa) (expressed in equivalent unit cases) after considering the impact of structural changes. For the Bottling Investments operating segment, this represents the percent change in net revenues attributable to the increase (decrease) in unit case volume computed based on total sales (rather than average daily sales) in each of the corresponding periods after considering the impact of structural changes. The Bottling Investments operating segment reflects unit case volume growth for consolidated bottlers only.
  • "Price/mix" represents the change in net operating revenues caused by factors such as price changes, the mix of products and packages sold, and the mix of channels and geographic territories where the sales occurred.
  • First quarter 2019 financial results were impacted by one less day as compared to the same period in 2018, and fourth quarter 2019 financial results will be impacted by one additional day as compared to the same period in 2018. Unit case volume results for the quarters are not impacted by the variances in days due to the average daily sales computation referenced above.

Tetra Pak] is a U.S. registered trademark of Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.

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Coca-Cola CFO Talks Progress, Priorities Following Strong Q2 Results http://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/q-a-with-coca-cola-chief-financial-officer-john-murphyJohn Murphy took over as Coca-Cola’s chief financial officer on March 16. He’s held a host of roles in his 31 years with the company, from his early days as an auditor to leading operations in parts of Latin America to overseeing the vast Asia Pacific group. He’s a native of Ireland whose work ar...Mon, 22 Jul 2019 21:42:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/q-a-with-coca-cola-chief-financial-officer-john-murphy2019-07-22T21:42:00ZJohn Murphy took over as Coca-Cola’s chief financial officer on March 16. He’s held a host of roles in his 31 years with the company, from his early days as an auditor to leading operations in parts of Latin America to overseeing the vast Asia Pacific group. He’s a native of Ireland whose work around the world has also included a range of different responsibilities, from strategic planning to finance to operations.

We asked John for a few thoughts about the company, including his top priorities as CFO.

How has Coca-Cola changed over time? And what’s unique about the company right now?

I think one of the reasons Coca-Cola has been so enduring for more than 130 years is we have always been willing to embrace change in the world around us ?and adapt to it. Our longtime CEO Robert Woodruff famously said, “The world belongs to the discontented.?I believe it is this mindset that has allowed us to stay relevant for such a long time.

Right now, under James Quincey’s leadership, the company and its bottling partners are embracing a new era of change. It is rooted in our Beverages for Life vision, which, simply put, has the aspiration for our system to become the most preferred option for every beverage occasion in nonalcoholic drinks. In other words, to become a total beverage company.

We’re also doing this with the goal of serving all stakeholders, not just shareowners. For example, we’re making steady progress with our World Without Waste initiative, which focuses on reducing packaging waste.

What have you learned from people inside and outside the company during your first few months as CFO?

When I talk about Beverages for Life, people understand what we mean and like where we’re going. They get the vision, and it doesn’t need a lot of explanation.

However, there’s often a “but?in these conversations. There are many questions and, at times, doubts about whether or not we can deliver. Can we expand our portfolio profitably? Are we able to be efficient and effective? Are we moving fast enough? The list is a long one! Nonetheless, I find this outside-in provocation very healthy, as it helps us focus on what really matters.

I think we’re moving in a good direction, but we’ve got a lot to do to meet the high expectations we have for ourselves and that others have for us. This will take the right people and the right culture in our organization. It’s going to require us to step up and, above all else, it requires much sharper line-of-sight up and down the organization on those things that really create value that can be sustained over time.

What are your main financial priorities?

I have five priorities. The first is that we continue to deliver strong revenue growth that, in turn, delivers margin expansion. On revenue, we need to continue what we’ve been doing over the last seven quarters ?and now eight, including the second quarter of 2019 ?which is to make sure our vision translates into higher, more sustained topline growth.*

Second is improving cash flow, because it’s critical to the long-term health of our business and to our ability to invest for growth. We’re taking concrete actions to  optimize our working capital and our levels of capital expenditure, while at the same time reducing one-time cash outlays that have been part of recent restructuring and refranchising activities.

Third is capital allocation. We’re very clear about our priorities and how we will use our capital. One is to invest in growing our existing businesses. Another is to continue to look at bolt-on acquisitions of complementary brands and/or businesses. We’ll also continue to grow our dividend. And last, but not least, will be to get our debt back into our target range, post this year’s Costa Coffee acquisition.

My fourth priority is to continue building the talent and capabilities in our finance organization. What got us here today won’t get us where we need to be tomorrow. We need a bold agenda to become the partners and stewards our organization needs, and I am very excited with some of the work we already have underway.

Finally, my fifth priority is to be a great ambassador for the company. I have come to appreciate quickly the high expectations there are in representing The Coca-Cola Company, both externally and internally. In every sense of the word, it is a humbling role, and the day I stop learning how to do it better will be my last day!

You’ve worked at Coca-Cola for 31 years. How do you feel about what’s ahead?

I was struck by a meeting I had in China late last year when one of our employees told me that working for The Coca-Cola Company there today feels like working for the oldest start-up in the world. I am not naïve enough to take this comment literally, but I find it invigorating to think that, on our good days, I work for a company that at its core feels like it’s 133 years young, not 133 years old. So, as I look ahead, I have never been so enthused about our company’s prospects, and I feel extremely privileged to be a part of the team James has put together to carry the baton forward to the next generation of leaders.

Note: John Murphy became CFO on March 16. His full bio is available here

*This refers to organic revenue, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. See our GAAP/non-GAAP reconciliation schedule here.

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Coca-Cola Board of Directors Declares Regular Quarterly Dividendhttp://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/coca-cola-board-of-directors-declares-regular-quarterly-dividendATLANTA, July 18, 2019 ?The Coca-Cola Company Board of Directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 40 cents per common share. The dividend is payable Oct. 1, 2019, to shareowners of record of the company as of the close of business on Sept. 16, 2019. Earlier this year, the board app...Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:00:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/coca-cola-board-of-directors-declares-regular-quarterly-dividend2019-07-18T20:00:00ZATLANTA, July 18, 2019 ?The Coca-Cola Company Board of Directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 40 cents per common share. The dividend is payable Oct. 1, 2019, to shareowners of record of the company as of the close of business on Sept. 16, 2019.

Earlier this year, the board approved the company’s 57th consecutive annual dividend increase, raising the quarterly dividend from 39 cents to 40 cents per common share.   

About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries and territories. In addition to the company’s

Coca-Cola brand, our portfolio includes AdeS, Ayataka, Costa, Dasani, Del Valle, Fanta, Georgia, Gold Peak, Honest, innocent, Minute Maid, Powerade, Simply, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater and ZICO. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We’re also working to reduce our environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at Coca-Cola Journey at www.6gaoshen.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

The fairlife] brand is owned by fairlife LLC, our joint venture with Select Milk Producers Inc. Products from fairlife are distributed by our company and certain of our bottling partners.

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Denver Launches Recycling Education Campaign Through Grant from The Coca-Cola Foundationhttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/denver-launches-recycling-education-campaign-through-grantA new public education campaign in Denver aims to boost the city’s recycling rate from 23% to the national average of 34%, thanks to a $250,000 recycling grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation. Billboards, bus shelter signs, digital advertising and postcards will get residents thinking more about re...Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:06:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/denver-launches-recycling-education-campaign-through-grant2019-07-18T17:06:00ZA new public education campaign in Denver aims to boost the city’s recycling rate from 23% to the national average of 34%, thanks to a $250,000 recycling grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation.

Billboards, bus shelter signs, digital advertising and postcards will get residents thinking more about recycling. The Recycling Partnership and Denver Public Works will tag trash carts with informational cards starting in eight east Denver neighborhoods, reaching approximately 22,000 households.

“We want recycling to be top of mind for our residents and visitors, so clear and concise information is critical,?said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, who announced the campaign during a June 18 press event. “Denver has made great strides over the years educating people about the benefits of recycling and composting. Now, we have the opportunity to amplify this approach. We want our residents to be thinking about recycling every day whether they’re on a commute, taking out the trash, getting the mail, or going online.?/p>

Denver is one of seven cities receiving a recycling grant through The Coca-Cola Foundation as part of an effort to improve recycling rates, reduce waste and help make communities more sustainable. The grants support innovative pilots to help address some of the barriers to public recycling in the United States ?including a lack of understanding of what can be recycled (and how).

“The Coca-Cola Foundation places a priority on helping communities become more sustainable by supporting innovative recycling solutions at a local level,?said Helen Smith Price, president, The Coca-Cola Foundation. “We hope this new program in Denver serves as a catalyst to drive increased recycling rates in the city becomes a model for other communities to follow.?/p>

This education program builds on a successful pilot program from The Recycling Partnership that in 2017 resulted in a 57% decrease in overall recycling contamination and a 27% increase in recycling participation in select areas of Denver, Atlanta and Chicago.

Swire Coca-Cola USA, the local Coca-Cola bottler, will amplify the campaign through many of its partnerships and customer relationships. Safeway grocery shoppers, for example, will be reminded to recycle through in-store advertising and promotions mirroring the city’s education effort. The retail campaign is designed to help residents think about recycling not just at home, but also when they are out shopping and exploring the entertainment scene in Denver.

 “Swire Coca-Cola and our local partners like Recycle Colorado, Safeway, and Denver Arts & Venues are being very creative in our approach to recycling in Denver,?said Scarlett J. Moss, vice president of public affairs and government relations, Swire Coca-Cola USA. “As the local bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola and other beverage brands, we care deeply about this community and are acutely aware of the need to maximize recycling rates for all kinds of waste, including plastics. We believe we can, through partnership and innovation, increase local recycling rates more quickly and more holistically.?/p>

Learn more about recycling and see a list of all items the city accepts for recycling at denvergov.org/DenverRecycles.

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Coca-Cola HBC to launch Costa Coffee in multiple markets in 2020http://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/coca-cola-hbc-to-launch-costa-coffee-in-multiple-markets-in-2020ZUG, SWITZERLAND and DUNSTABLE, BEDFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND, July 18, 2019 ?Coca-Cola HBC ?one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers in the world ?plans to launch Costa Coffee in at least 10 of its 28 markets next year, including Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and Switzerland. This w...Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:00:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/coca-cola-hbc-to-launch-costa-coffee-in-multiple-markets-in-20202019-07-18T16:00:00Z

ZUG, SWITZERLAND and DUNSTABLE, BEDFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND, July 18, 2019 ?Coca-Cola HBC ?one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers in the world ?plans to launch Costa Coffee in at least 10 of its 28 markets next year, including Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and Switzerland. This will address a broad range of consumer and customer needs across multiple channels and occasions, in line with Coca-Cola HBC’s leading 24/7 beverage partner vision.

“This is fantastic news that will build genuine value for our customers and for us,?said Coca-Cola HBC CEO Zoran Bogdanovic. “Adding a brand as strong as Costa Coffee to our portfolio will allow us to capture more consumer occasions, to partner even more closely with our customers across all channels and strengthen our ability to address every drinking moment throughout the day. Our well-established infrastructure, processes and capabilities around coffee means that we will hit the ground running with this exciting opportunity.?/p>

Coffee is one of the most lucrative and fast-growing revenue and profit pools within commercial beverages. It is a multi-billion dollar category across Coca-Cola HBC’s 28 markets and is forecast to grow 4% annually.

The Coca-Cola Company acquired Costa Coffee in January 2019 and has accelerated the business, focusing on expanding in vending and ready-to-drink products. Costa Coffee is the leading coffee company in the United Kingdom, with a strong presence in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Coca-Cola HBC to bring our great coffee to more consumers,?said Jennifer Mann, president of Global Ventures for The Coca-Cola Company. “This new agreement is another example of how Costa Coffee is helping Coca-Cola become a total beverage company.?/p>

About Coca-Cola HBC 

Coca‑Cola HBC is a high-growth FMCG business and a strategic partner of The Coca‑Cola Company with an annual sales volume of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has a broad geographic footprint with operations in 28 countries serving a population of more than 600 million people. Coca‑Cola HBC offers a diverse range of primarily non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca‑Cola HBC is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting its business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of the local communities. Coca‑Cola HBC is ranked among the top sustainability performers in ESG benchmarks such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, CDP, MSCI ESG and FTSE4Good, among others.

Coca‑Cola HBC has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCH) and its shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEE). For more information, please visit http://www.coca-colahellenic.com.

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries and territories. In addition to the company’s

Coca-Cola brand, our portfolio includes AdeS, Ayataka, Costa, Dasani, Del Valle, Fanta, Georgia, Gold Peak, Honest, innocent, Minute Maid, Powerade, Simply, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater and ZICO. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We’re also working to reduce our environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at Coca-Cola Journey at www.6gaoshen.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Diet Coke Takes on Complex Topic of Labels By Taking Off its Ownhttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/diet-coke-takes-on-complex-topic-of-labels-by-taking-off-its-ownDiet Coke is removing its labels to help Americans start a conversation about theirs. A limited-edition run of label-less Diet Coke cans signals the launch of [unlabeled], a multi-year platform intended to spark an ongoing and authentic conversation about the complex ?and often sensitive ?topic...Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:11:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/diet-coke-takes-on-complex-topic-of-labels-by-taking-off-its-own2019-07-15T12:11:00ZDiet Coke is removing its labels to help Americans start a conversation about theirs.

A limited-edition run of label-less Diet Coke cans signals the launch of [unlabeled], a multi-year platform intended to spark an ongoing and authentic conversation about the complex ?and often sensitive ?topic of societal labels. The 12-oz. sleek cans of Diet Coke and its six new flavors are showing up exclusively at select cultural events this summer, including Essence Fest, Girlboss Rally, the National Urban League’s annual conference and Pride parades in Los Angeles, New York City and San Diego.

The first phase of [unlabeled] will explore the nuances of labels and what they mean to different people. Certain labels are empowering and earned, and others are unwarranted and imposed. Some people fight for and embrace labels as a means of self-expression and even protection, while others reject divisive labels that are loaded with stigma and reinforce negative stereotypes. 

“There’s no one-size-fits-all perspective, but we believe that openly and honestly discussing labels ?both positive and negative ?can lead to a better understanding of others,?said Kerri Kopp, group director, Diet Coke. “The [unlabeled] platform is meant to facilitate a conversation across a variety of groups and mediums to explore the complexities of labels. By unpacking various labels, we hope to champion acceptance and create more meaningful connections.?/p>

The [unlabeled] campaign supports The Coca-Cola Company’s legacy of celebrating diversity and inclusion by empowering Diet Coke drinkers to live their lives boldly and authentically. It also aligns with Diet Coke’s longstanding values and commitment to individuality.

“In today’s culture, people believe in a world where everyone can be their true, best selves ?and Diet Coke wants to celebrate that,?Kopp said. “We’ve been our fans?wingman since the ?0s, and we continue to listen to what’s important to them and honor who they are.?/p>

Social media chatter around stereotypes and discrimination has increased almost five-fold over the last three years, Kopp said. Recognizing the opportunity to authentically lean into this topical and timely space, Diet Coke consulted with community partners including American Association of People with Disabilities, the American Indian College Fund, Ascend, Essence Communications, Human Rights Campaign, National Urban League, Hispanic Federation, Essence Communications and GLAAD.

Representatives from several of these organizations, as well as Coca-Cola employees, are featured in a series of short Diet Coke [unlabeled] films.

“We hope that by showcasing the beautiful diversity that lives within the walls of The Coca-Cola Company, we can inspire others to continue the discussion,?said Danielle Henry, group director, integrated content, Diet Coke.

Diet Coke also has pledged to use its resources, relationships and reach to create [unlabeled] “safe spaces?where people are free to be themselves ?starting with its own assets. The brand is dedicating high-profile real estate in New York City to a diverse group of [unlabeled] voices and faces who are living their lives with unbridled confidence. Diet Coke’s social channels will become venues for self-expression and healthy dialogue, with representatives from many of the aforementioned partner organizations taking over the handles to curate an honest conversation about labels and share their own #unlabeled stories.

The launch of [unlabeled] comes on the heels of a breakout year for Diet Coke, which in 2018 unveiled a new look, campaign and flavors.

“As part of our brand recast, we set out to recruit the next generation of Diet Coke drinkers, including millennials and Gen We,?Henry said. “These generations expect brands to reflect their core values take a stand on issues that matter to them. Having a credible and relevant personality and point of view is now the cost of entry. With [unlabeled], we’re seizing a unique and powerful opportunity to use the Diet Coke voice for good and to show our fans that we see ?and celebrate ?them.?/p> ]]>Small Decision, Big Impact: Creative Campaign Highlights all the Good That Comes From Drinking Honest Beverageshttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/small-decision-big-impact-creative-campaign-highlights-all-the-good-that-comes-from-drinking-honest-beveragesChoosing an Honest beverage may seem like a relatively simple decision. But the seemingly small action of reaching for a bottle of Honest Tea or a multipack of Honest Kids juice drink pouches can actually make a big impact ?not only in the wellbeing of those who enjoy these delicious lower- or n...Thu, 11 Jul 2019 14:46:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/small-decision-big-impact-creative-campaign-highlights-all-the-good-that-comes-from-drinking-honest-beverages2019-07-11T14:46:00ZChoosing an Honest beverage may seem like a relatively simple decision.

But the seemingly small action of reaching for a bottle of Honest Tea or a multipack of Honest Kids juice drink pouches can actually make a big impact ?not only in the wellbeing of those who enjoy these delicious lower- or no-sugar organic beverages, but also in the lives and communities of the supplier farmers who help produce them.

That’s the message behind Honest’s new “small decision. BIG impact?campaign, which showcases the brand’s purpose-driven DNA and longstanding mission to democratize organics and promote economic opportunity ?as well as its expanding portfolio.

“We’re witnessing the rise of the citizen consumer,?said Honest Co-Founder and TeaEO Emeritus Seth Goldman. “People today want to express the power they have to vote with their wallets by supporting brands they respect and trust, and that share their values. They also want to feel like they’re making a difference, but don’t always believe the many everyday choices they make actually count. This campaign reminds them that every time they choose to drink an Honest beverage, they’re choosing to make an impact.?/p>

A series of short films uses beautifully handcrafted, stop-motion animation to bring to life Honest’s Fair Trade Certified?ingredient sourcing practices and show how they benefit farming communities. They also will highlight the fact that Honest Kids has half the sugar of leading kids?juice drinks and are sweetened only with fruit juice.

The creative will run on streaming media platforms, and additional social and digital content will extend the #smalldecisionbigimpact message across Honest’s channels.

“Our ‘small decision. BIG impact.?campaign gives Honest the opportunity to talk about the breadth of our portfolio ?from bottled teas to organic youth juice drinks to lemonades and beyond,?said Clare Verdery, general manager of the Honest brand. “We’re showing consumers how their small choice of an Honest beverage ?no matter which one it is ?can create a ripple effect of change.?/p>

If it's Not Organic, it's Not Honest.

All Honest products are certified organic, which means they’re made with ingredients grown without unauthorized chemical pesticides. And, when possible, Honest sources Fair Trade Certified ingredients. This means that every time Honest purchases Fair Trade Certified ingredients like cane sugar and tea leaves, supplier partners around the world receive extra money known as Fair Trade premium dollars.

Since 2005, Honest has contributed more than $2.5 million in Fair Trade premiums that have been reinvested back into supplier communities to provide clean water, school supplies, tuition, bicycles, healthcare, farming equipment and much more. Many premium funds support farmer education initiatives such as professional management programs and technical/agricultural training. Communities vote on how to spend these funds based on need.

Up Your Impact

Honest also is installing immersive vending machines in its hometown of Bethesda, Md., plus New York City, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, to further demonstrate the impact people can have just by choosing an Honest beverage. Consumers who stop by one of the machines from July 16 through Aug. 30 can learn about the projects Honest’s partners at Fair Trade USA?and Organic Farming Research Foundation support, vote which ones they think provides the biggest impact, and have the opportunity to “up their impact?and donate a tad more by increasing their transaction amount. All proceeds from sales of Honest Tea at these machines will be donated to Fair Trade USA, and all proceeds from sale of Honest Kids will support the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

“Research shows that most of our consumers don’t fully understand how the fair trade model works,?Goldman said. “By featuring real examples of what Fair Trade Community Development Funds have supported ?such as new bicycles and school roofs ?we’re able to demonstrate the process and its impact in a simple, tangible way.?/p>

The campaign also “connects the dots?across the full Honest portfolio, Goldman added, and positions Honest as an organic “masterbrand?with something for everyone.

Honest’s partnership with Coca-Cola has expanded distribution of its organic products to more than 150,000 retail and foodservice locations across the United States, and more than 40 European countries. “It’s so exciting to see the brand flourish in international markets and not only get such a warm welcome overseas,?Goldman concluded, “but also to see Coke’s continued adoption of Honest as a platform for organics.?/p> ]]>Gold Peak] Real Brewed Tea Launches Summer Campaign to Bring Fans Even Closer to Homehttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/gold-peak--real-brewed-tea-launches-summer-campaign-to-bring-fanGold Peak] Real Brewed Tea is rolling out a new, modern look and marketing campaign to deliver the “Real Comforts of Home?as summertime heats up. “The Real Comforts of Home?campaign features a new TV commercial, refreshed packaging and an experiential sampling tour showcasing Gold Peak’s commit...Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:18:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/gold-peak--real-brewed-tea-launches-summer-campaign-to-bring-fan2019-07-09T12:18:00ZGold Peak] Real Brewed Tea is rolling out a new, modern look and marketing campaign to deliver the “Real Comforts of Home?as summertime heats up.

“The Real Comforts of Home?campaign features a new TV commercial, refreshed packaging and an experiential sampling tour showcasing Gold Peak’s commitment to delivering the authentic comforts of the modern-day home along with authentic, real brewed tea.

“Home is a feeling, not just a place,?said Jessica Wood, senior brand manager, Gold Peak. “This new campaign supports our brand promise by celebrating our fans?unique and personal interpretations of the comforts of home and reminding them that wherever they are ?and whatever home may mean to them ?Gold Peak Real Brewed Tea takes them there.?/p>

“The Feeling of Home Tour?will make stops at family-friendly events across the Southwest and East Coast. There, fans can sample real-brewed iced tea and participate in an interactive, multi-sensory experience tapping into the sights, sounds, smells and, of course, taste of Gold Peak Real Brewed Tea.

Crafted with high-quality, mountain-grown black and green tea leaves, Gold Peak Real Brewed Tea conveniently offers delicious home-brewed taste in single-serve (18.5-oz. and .5-liter) and multi-serve (52-oz., 64-oz. and 89-oz.) bottles in a variety of sweetened and unsweetened flavors. The brand, which debuted in 2006, is showcasing its beloved taste with a reimagined logo and communications anchored by a contemporary mountain landscape.

Gold Peak’s new look and positioning support tea drinkers?desire for authenticity, Wood said.

“America has always been drawn to our home-brewed taste and friendly, inviting feel,?she added. “Gold Peak Real Brewed Tea delivers a taste of tea brewed at home, now with a refreshingly modern look that should stand out on both the screen and shelf by simultaneously leaning into our heritage and looking to the future.?/p>

The brand is encouraging fans to create their own comforting feeling of home by introducing the TEA Shed ?the ultimate backyard sanctuary for kicking back, relaxing and savoring the taste of Gold Peak Real Brewed Tea. Gold Peak tapped home design expert Egypt Sherrod (pictured above) to outfit a custom TEA Shed ?a creative take on the popular “he shed?and “she shed?trend ?with the comforts of what home means to her. Sherrod drew inspiration from nature, using her signature craftsmanship and authentic materials as a nod to Gold Peak Real Brewed Tea.

“We hope to inspire fans to curate a space where they can escape the chaos of daily life, enjoy the real comforts of home and be their authentic selves ?whether through a TEA Shed, or bringing the essence of the TEA Shed into a comforting respite in their home or yard,?Wood said.

Fans can follow Sherrod’s pro tips and see shots of home decorators and DIYers designing their own TEA Shed-inspired retreats on Gold Peak’s social channels: @GoldPeak (Instagram), @GoldPeakTea (Facebook) and @GoldPeak (Twitter).

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Party With a Purpose: Coca-Cola Toasts To The 25th Anniversary of ESSENCE Festivalhttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/party-with-a-purpose-coca-cola-toasts-to-the-25th-anniversary-of-essence-festivalWhen the 2019 ESSENCE Festival kicks off Friday in New Orleans, Coca-Cola will once again be there to help celebrate, empower and refresh African-American women. Coca-Cola has been the longest presenting sponsor of the ESSENCE Festival for 24 of its 25 years. With three days and nights of concert...Tue, 02 Jul 2019 19:20:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/party-with-a-purpose-coca-cola-toasts-to-the-25th-anniversary-of-essence-festival2019-07-02T19:20:00ZWhen the 2019 ESSENCE Festival kicks off Friday in New Orleans, Coca-Cola will once again be there to help celebrate, empower and refresh African-American women.

Coca-Cola has been the longest presenting sponsor of the ESSENCE Festival for 24 of its 25 years. With three days and nights of concerts, inspirational speakers, networking sessions and community volunteerism opportunities, the festival continues to grow both in prominence and mission with more than half a million attendees annually.

Coke will have a major presence at this year’s festival, anchored by its partnership with ESSSENCE on the “If Not For My Girls?campaign showcasing the power of friendship and sisterhood. A four-part video series on ESSENCE’s Facebook Watch platform features real-life friends Actress LeToya Luckett-Walker, R&B Singer Keri Hilson and Influencer Eudoxie Bridges, who share how their own incredible bond helped to serve as a strong and uplifting foundation in each of their lives.

“If Not for My Girls?will come to life at Coke’s official festival booth through the lens of art celebrating sisterhood. The booth also will feature energetic dance lessons, lip-sync battles and the Girlfriends Collection Photo Booth and sampling bars featuring refreshing Coca-Cola beverages.

We spoke with Helen Smith Price, vice president of global community affairs and president of The Coca-Cola Foundation, to learn more about the history of the partnership and how it brings to life the values ESSENCE and Coca-Cola share.

How did this partnership come to be?

ESSENCE Festival was first held in 1994 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of ESSENCE magazine, which has long served as the definitive media outlet for African-American women. They wanted to hold a one-time event ?a party with a purpose ?to mark the milestone. Our competitor was the marketing sponsor that first year. Ingrid Saunders Jones, who at the time was the company’s senior vice president for community affairs and chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation, decided we should check it out for community engagement.

So a few of us made the trip down to New Orleans. It was a small, but impactful celebration of African-American women. I remember it being fun and entertaining, but with a strong sense of purpose, pride and connection. It celebrated the fact that black women are special, strong and beautiful in many ways ?from hair to music, from financial expertise to fashion and entertainment. It affirmed that, “Yes, we’re unique and accomplished across the spectrum of business, health, education, law and more." It was a validating moment of empowerment for black women to embrace our unique style and culture.

Ingrid saw the event’s impact on the community, as well, and imagined what it could be with the support ofCoca-Cola’s marketing power. Based on the success of the first year, ESSENCE decided to bring the festival back in 1995. We worked out a deal to serve as a sponsor. Adding our brand and marketing execution took the marketing and community impact to a different level. And we were able to help attract additional sponsors, like McDonald’s and Walmart. Over the years, the festival and our partnership have grown astronomically.

Why does it make sense for Coca-Cola to play such an active role in the ESSENCE experience?

The festival is the country’s largest gathering for African-American women’s empowerment. It’s not just an event ?it’s an institution. Attendees are consumers who care about the companies that care about them. Everyone in New Orleans knows Coca-Cola is the presenting sponsor of the festival; our presence is powerful and authentic. Hundreds of thousands of people who attend every year ?our consumers ?associate our brand, company and bottling partners at Coca-Cola UNITED with women’s empowerment. It’s a wonderful venue for us to share our story of community engagement and women’s empowerment, and to engage fans through interactive experiences. 

Who attends the festival, and why does the content resonate with its audience?

It’s a celebration of all things related to African-American women and our culture. The crowd cuts across generations. During the day, there are empowerment sessions at the convention center with noted speakers and opinion elites. These events are free and open to the public. We talk about fashion and music and food, but also education, finance, careers and our current  challenges in politics, education, financial markets, religion, health and more. At night, concerts at the Superdome are a hot ticket. The agenda is all-encompassing and shifts year after year based on the national dialogue.

What someone my age gets out of the experience may be different than that of a 25-year-old. For example, some women may gravitate to sessions on financial stability, health and wellbeing, while others may be more interested in kickstarting their careers, or finding the right love interest. And because the focus is on women’s empowerment, it’s a sisterhood. The weekend is a fun, friendly and supportive occasion. 

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Trash to Treasure: How Coke Scholar Samuel Alemayehu is Revolutionizing his Hometown with Africa’s First Waste-to-Energy Facilityhttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/trash-to-treasure-how-samuel-alemayehu-is-revolutionizing-his-hometown-with-africas-first-waste-to-energy-facilityAustralia has them. Canada has them. Denmark, Finland and Japan do, too. The United States has more than 70. So why, wondered 2004 Coke Scholar Samuel Alemayehu, didn’t Africa have any waste-to-energy facilities? “When we wanted to build a facility in Africa, I was told it could not be done beca...Mon, 01 Jul 2019 20:43:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/trash-to-treasure-how-samuel-alemayehu-is-revolutionizing-his-hometown-with-africas-first-waste-to-energy-facility2019-07-01T20:43:00ZAustralia has them. Canada has them. Denmark, Finland and Japan do, too. The United States has more than 70.

So why, wondered 2004 Coke Scholar Samuel Alemayehu, didn’t Africa have any waste-to-energy facilities?

“When we wanted to build a facility in Africa, I was told it could not be done because it would be too expensive,?Alemayehu said. “There are a lot of them in Europe, but nobody had done anything like it in emerging markets.?/p>

But in the mountains of garbage overwhelming landfills in his native Ethiopia, he saw potential.

“Going back to the place where I grew up, seeing kids who look like me living in garbage dumps that everybody has ignored ?I looked at the pile of garbage and thought, ‘You know, there’s this huge complex mountain... 3,040 football fields long, 70 meters high. People are eating from there. How can I make it better?’?/p>

“Make it better?is a theme woven throughout Alemayehu’s life.

Iamfinethankyou

As a child, Alemayehu saw his father go to prison for political reasons. He ultimately lived with his mother, a teacher, and his four siblings in a single room. When his family moved to the United States, he started high school as a freshman lacking a vital skill: English.

“I used to think ‘I am fine, thank you?was one word, as in ‘Iamfinethankyou,?until a teacher explained to me it was five,?he recalled.

He began his studies in an ESL (English as a Second Language) program, but met with his teachers for extra tutoring, thinking he’d never catch up to his peers unless he put in extra effort.

This mindset paid off big time. During his senior year, he was named school valedictorian and competed in national math and physics Olympiads. 

“I’m grateful for the teachers who gave me extra help," he said. "Without it, I wouldn’t have become valedictorian. And then Coca-Cola gave me a $20,000 college scholarship because they believed in me. That helped shape the rest of my life. When I started my businesses, I remembered how an organization that has a lot can also give back a lot. It made me want to make sure the things I do have the biggest, real impact."

Alemayehu attended Stanford University and created a tutoring program for students at the nearby Boys & Girls Club with fellow Coke Scholar Mike Woodward.

“We emulated a popular MTV show and gave the kids a beat-up golf cart and told them to transform it into a souped-up car," he said. "The catch was, for everything they put on it, they had to learn how it worked.?After raising $20,000 for the modifications and other activities, they brought in Stanford professors, including Nobel laureates, to teach them about all the upgrades they wanted to add, including solar panels, TVs and more.

Opening the Roof

After graduating, Alemayehu's first venture was in the mobile phone industry in Silicon Valley. He had an idea to help pregnant women in Africa through text messaging, sending health information in small, incremental messages translated into different languages.

But he ran into some difficulties. Frustrated, he vented to his parents, and his mother shared a story that changed his life.

A young Ethiopian woman is desperately looking for something outside, and a wise old man asks what she is doing. “I lost my sewing needle inside the house,?she said. The man asked, “What are you doing outside??and she said, “Because it’s dark inside.?/i>

“My mom explained that the way business is done in Africa is exactly where the challenge is ?on the ground. I had to identify what my role was," Alemayehu said. "My role was to open up the roof and let the light in. And that proverbial needle can only be found by that lady that goes back and tries to find it. How can I empower her? I didn’t want to pretend to be the local when I was in Silicon Valley. So, two weeks later, I packed up and went to Africa."

After he arrived, he helped start 4AFRI and LotoPhone, successful mobile service operations, in more than a dozen African countries. While there, he noticed prominent landfills and became consumed with how they could be turned into energy. So much that someone had actually saved him as “Garbage Sam?in their phone.

“All I could talk about is what could be done with garbage," he said. "How could we turn it into electricity? How many light bulbs is that??nbsp;

The idea seemed doable. Waste-to-energy facilities were located all over the world. But there was a reason there wasn’t one in Africa: the types of trash in these landfills made it too expensive. Plastic and paper create a lot of energy, but Ethiopians are more likely to use reusable glass bottles than plastic bottles. The landfills didn’t have enough high-energy materials to make it financially feasible.

Undeterred, Alemayehu co-founded Cambridge Industries Ltd. and continued to research the idea, uncovering some game-changing intel.

“We found that the facilities in Europe are not only designed by engineers," he said. "They’re also designed by politicians who are focused more on how the facility looks than what it does."

Working together with engineers, he and his team created an innovative and ambitious plan, and began construction in Addis Ababa in September 2014. Three years later, their facility was ready, and the impact has been enormous.

Fulfilling the Promise

The facility, called Reppie, takes not only 80% of the city's garbage and turns it into 25% of its electricity, but also has created 20,000 jobs in total. These jobs employ workers to clean up their community.

“I know where I came from, and it was very important to me to go back and do something about where I had grown up ?that’s what I’ve always wanted," Alemayehu said. “When I look back, my life would not be possible without the generosity of strangers. I was fortunate to win a lot of scholarships. But the Coca-Cola Scholars program ?it was not separated by gender or separated by race. It’s not separated by income level. It’s about the person.

“The scholarship money was very, very helpful. But beyond the money are the resources and the validation that what you’re doing matters. Someone thought I was going to do great things, and they wanted to help me go do them. And I want to fulfill that promise."

He’s paying it forward and empowering others, too. He helped finance the Peabody Award-winning documentary The Judge, which tells the story of Kholoud Faqih, the first female Sharia-Court judge in the Middle East.

He’s also a passionate investor and partner in the Pitch & Flow movement, which connects emcees with entrepreneurs at business plan competitions presented in a rap battle format.

So what’s next for Samuel?

Bugs.

“We’re researching feeding food waste to insects that grow extremely fast," he said. "Black Soldier Flies consume a huge amount of food waste, grow really fast, and they’re fantastic chicken feed. They substitute soy and are higher in protein. In one facility that costs about $30 million, we’re producing a revenue of $20 million per year while removing garbage. The vision began in Africa, but it’s translating into a lot of projects all over the world."

Just call him Bug Sam.

Learn more about Samuel and the Reppie waste to energy plant in his interview with BBC.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation celebrates and empowers visionary leaders who are refreshing the world. With its 31st class of Coca-Cola Scholars, the Foundation has provided more than $69 million in scholarships to more than 6,150 program alumni who together have become a powerful force for positive change.

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The Coca-Cola Company and Monster Beverage Corporation Announce Decision by Arbitration Panelhttp://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/the-coca-cola-company-and-monster-beverage-corporation-announce-decisionAn arbitration tribunal of the American Arbitration Association has informed The Coca-Cola Company and Monster Beverage Corporation that the introduction and sale of Coca-Cola Energy is allowed under the terms of a contract between the companies. The companies respect the arbitrators?decision an...Mon, 01 Jul 2019 18:30:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/the-coca-cola-company-and-monster-beverage-corporation-announce-decision2019-07-01T18:30:00ZAn arbitration tribunal of the American Arbitration Association has informed The Coca-Cola Company and Monster Beverage Corporation that the introduction and sale of Coca-Cola Energy is allowed under the terms of a contract between the companies.

The companies respect the arbitrators?decision and appreciate that the dispute was resolved amicably. While there was a disagreement between Coca-Cola and Monster over contractual language, the companies value their relationship and look forward to their continued partnership.

Coca-Cola and Monster mutually agreed to submit their dispute to arbitration before the American Arbitration Association in October 2018. The arbitrators ruled June 28 that Coca-Cola Energy products fall within an exception to a non-compete provision relating to beverages marketed or positioned under the Coca-Cola brand.

Under the ruling, Coca-Cola can continue to sell and distribute Coca-Cola Energy, including in markets where it has already been launched. Coca-Cola is also free to launch the product in additional markets globally.

 

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries and territories. In addition to the company’s Coca-Cola brands, our portfolio includes some of the world’s most valuable beverage brands, such as AdeS plant-based beverages, Ayataka green tea, Costa coffee, Dasani waters, Del Valle juices and nectars, Fanta, Georgia coffee, Gold Peak teas and coffees, Honest Tea, innocent smoothies and juices, Minute Maid juices, Powerade sports drinks, Simply juices, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater and ZICO coconut water. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We’re also working to reduce our environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at Coca-Cola Journey at www.6gaoshen.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

The fairlife] brand is owned by fairlife LLC, our joint venture with Select Milk Producers Inc. Products from fairlife are distributed by our company and certain of our bottling partners.

About Monster Beverage Corporation

Based in Corona, California, Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) is a holding company and conducts no operating business except through its consolidated subsidiaries. The Company’s subsidiaries develop and market energy drinks, including Monster Energy] energy drinks, Monster Energy Ultra] energy drinks, Monster MAXX] maximum strength energy drinks, Java Monster] non-carbonated coffee + energy drinks, Espresso Monster] non-carbonated espresso + energy drinks, Caffé Monster] nonBcarbonated energy coffee drinks, Monster Rehab] non-carbonated energy drinks, Muscle Monster] energy shakes, Monster Hydro] energy drinks, Reign Total Body FuelTM high performance energy drinks, NOS] energy drinks, Full Throttle] energy drinks, Burn] energy drinks, Samurai] energy drinks, Relentless] energy drinks, Mother] energy drinks, Power Play] energy drinks, BU] energy drinks, Nalu] energy drinks, BPM] energy drinks, Gladiator] energy drinks, Ultra Energy] energy drinks, Mutant] energy drinks and Predator] energy drinks. For more information, visit www.monsterbevcorp.com.

 

Contacts:

Coca-Cola

Investors and Analysts: Tim Leveridge, koinvestorrelations@coca-cola.com

Media: Scott Leith, sleith@coca-cola.com

Monster

Investors, Analysts and Media: Roger S. Pondel / Judy Lin Sfetcu, PondelWilkinson

Inc., (310) 279-5980

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Panda Express Now Offering Coca-Cola Beverageshttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/panda-express-now-offering-coca-cola-beveragesIndustry Leaders Create Strategic Partnership Established on Shared Values and Future Growth Panda Express, the world’s largest American Chinese dining concept, is now serving beverages from The Coca-Cola Company’s portfolio of sparkling soft drinks, teas and waters in its more than 2,000 res...Mon, 01 Jul 2019 14:43:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/panda-express-now-offering-coca-cola-beverages2019-07-01T14:43:00Z

Industry Leaders Create Strategic Partnership Established on Shared Values and Future Growth

Panda Express, the world’s largest American Chinese dining concept, is now serving beverages from The Coca-Cola Company’s portfolio of sparkling soft drinks, teas and waters in its more than 2,000 restaurants across the country.

Panda signed a multi-year agreement with Coca-Cola in late 2018. In the months that followed, the partners completed one of the fastest in-store beverage transitions in Coke’s history. A variety of Coca-Cola products, including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero Sugar, Sprite and Fanta Orange fountain options, as well as Dasani Sparkling and Honest Tea bottled beverages are available at Panda Express, Panda Inn and Hibachi San locations.

Since the first Panda Inn restaurant opened in 1973, Panda has set out to deliver exceptional dining experiences through a people-first mentality, focusing on its guests, employees and the community.

“As a family-owned and operated company, the relationships we create at Panda Restaurant Group are essential to the exceptional operating culture we have always been known for,?said Dr. Peggy Cherng, co-founder and co-CEO, Panda Restaurant Group. ?nobr>Coca-Cola’s remarkable accomplishments as a brand and internally as a company motivate us to reach for our greatest potential and are bringing invaluable new ideas that will please our guests for years to come.?/p>

The Coca-Cola Company’s seasoned foodservice presence, industry expertise and commitment to innovation will power Panda’s global growth strategy. And its broad beverage portfolio complements the staple American Chinese cuisine offered at Panda Express and Panda Inn.

“Panda Restaurant Group is an exciting addition to the Coca-Cola family,?said Kathleen Ciaramello, president, Coca-Cola North America Foodservice and On-Premise. “They are a company committed to excellence and value, focused on bringing positive change to this world.  This partnership is not only a strong collaboration within the food and beverage industry but also showcases how two brands uniting through collective values can create positive momentum for everyone involved.?/p>

Founders Andrew Cherng and Master Chef Ming-Tsai Cherng opened the first Panda Inn in Pasadena, Calif. in 1973 with a menu inspired by the flavors of Mandarin and Sichuan cuisine. A decade later, the first Panda Express opened in Glendale, Calif. At first, Panda Express restaurants were found solely in food courts in major shopping malls. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Cherngs began experimenting with supermarket-based branches, through a deal with Vons, before expanding to standalone restaurant locations in 1997. Today, Panda includes locations with drive-thrus, in colleges, sports stadiums and airports, with less than 2% of its restaurants in malls.

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Coca-Cola North America to Launch Digital Marketplace with Leading Foodservice Technologies Powered by Omnivorehttp://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/coca-cola-north-america-to-launch-digital-marketplaceCoca-Cola North America is launching a digital marketplace this fall that connects its foodservice customers to pre-vetted, industry-best restaurant technologies with competitive pricing. The marketplace of solutions for front of house, back of house and outside of house is powered by Omnivore, a...Tue, 25 Jun 2019 13:18:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/coca-cola-north-america-to-launch-digital-marketplace2019-06-25T13:18:00ZCoca-Cola North America is launching a digital marketplace this fall that connects its foodservice customers to pre-vetted, industry-best restaurant technologies with competitive pricing. The marketplace of solutions for front of house, back of house and outside of house is powered by Omnivore, a universal point-of-sale connectivity platform, that offers seamless integration into restaurants?point-of-sale (POS) systems. The marketplace is the result of a year-long collaboration between Coca-Cola and Omnivore and one output of Coca-Cola’s investment in Omnivore, announced in late 2018.

Today, restaurant consumers?expectations and use of digital technology are evolving at a record pace, creating growth opportunities for restaurants. While third-party technology companies are innovating to provide game-changing solutions for the restaurant industry, it is challenging and costly for restaurant operators to research, test, integrate and deploy the right technologies to capitalize on this growth opportunity.

Coca-Cola’s digital marketplace addresses these concerns. Experts at Coca-Cola and Omnivore have partnered to vet today’s leading foodservice technologies, taking the guesswork out of finding the best-in-class digital solutions for restaurant operators. Coca-Cola’s strategic partnership with Omnivore allows for easy and affordable integration between any of the technologies in the marketplace and a restaurants?POS system. This seamless connection capability reduces the time, money and resources restaurants currently expend on technology integration.

The curated marketplace will include restaurant technologies to improve consumer engagement and optimize all aspects of restaurant operations, including:

  • front-of-house technologies (tableside ordering and payment, guest engagement, kiosk, digital menus);
  • back-of-house technologies (inventory, labor, analytics); and
  • outside-of-house technologies (online ordering, third-party delivery, loyalty and more).

“For 133 years, Coca-Cola has been focused on adding value beyond the beverage for our customers,?said Billy Koehler, Director of Digital & Payment Platforms for National Foodservice & On-Premise Marketing at Coca-Cola North America. “Decades ago, we provided customers with value-adds like Coca-Cola-branded cash registers and static Coca-Cola signage. In the 21st century, combining our expertise in foodservice and digital to offer tangible technology solutions provides the most value for our restaurant partners who always welcome an edge to increase their revenue. The marketplace is just one example of the digital solutions we’ll be rolling out for customers in the months to come.?/p>

Coca-Cola and Omnivore are collaborating with today’s leading technology providers for inclusion in the marketplace, which is set to launch in September 2019. Access to the marketplace and technology integration through Omnivore is free for Coca-Cola customers. Cost to a restaurant for technologies in the marketplace will vary by technology, but more competitive rates will be available for Coca-Cola customers.

Coca-Cola has been focused on providing digital solutions for their customers the last few years. After forging a partnership in 2018, this spring Coca-Cola and Omnivore launched the Menu Management Solution (MMS) app, a single source of truth software that allows restaurants to own their digital menu content and control their brand across any digital platform.

“Our year-long collaboration with Coca-Cola and select restaurant operators has helped us validate and develop additional digital solutions that contribute to profitable growth for restaurants,?said Shane Wheatland, Chief Marketing Officer at Omnivore. “These solutions align well to consumer needs as well as common barriers experienced by restaurant operators as they digitize and build a competitive advantage for their brand. We look forward to the launch of Coca-Cola’s marketplace, and continuing to foster agile and affordable access to meaningful third-party solutions.?/p>

Coca-Cola’s strategic partnership with Omnivore and the launch of the digital marketplace are important milestones in Coca-Cola’s long-term vision of building a digital ecosystem that connects Coca-Cola, foodservice operators and consumers. This ecosystem, which has been in planning and development over the last two years, will be fueled by proprietary technologies, analytics and tools available only for Coca-Cola customers aimed at optimizing customer business operations and driving their profit growth.

ABOUT THE COCA‑COLA COMPANY

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries and territories. In addition to the company’s Coca-Cola brands, its portfolio includes some of the world’s most valuable beverage brands, such as AdeS plant-based beverages, Ayataka green tea, Costa coffee, Dasani waters, Del Valle juices and nectars, Fanta, Georgia coffee, Gold Peak teas and coffees, Honest Tea, innocent smoothies and juices, Minute Maid juices, Powerade sports drinks, Simply juices, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater and ZICO coconut water. It is constantly transforming its portfolio, from reducing sugar in its drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. It is also working to reduce its environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With its bottling partners, it employs more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at Coca-Cola Journey at www.6gaoshen.com and follow the company on TwitterInstagramFacebook and LinkedIn.

ABOUT OMNIVORE

Omnivore empowers restaurant brands to digitize their guest and operational experience in a meaningful and sustainable way. We deliver an end-to-end suite of solutions built on data and insights that help optimize the essential elements of the digital restaurant experience; online ordering, pay at table, 3rd party delivery, kiosk/digital menu, reservations, loyalty, inventory, labor and analytics. All of these solutions completely integrate into the restaurant POS system for operational efficiency, future agility and leveraging of data. For more information, visit Omnivore.io.

 

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Intercontinental Exchange Launches NYSE Board Advisory Council to Advance Board Diversityhttp://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/intercontinental-exchange-launches-nyse-board-advisory-councilCouncil to connect diverse board candidates with companies seeking new directors NEW YORK, June 25, 2019 ?The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE), announced the launch of the NYSE Board Advisory Council, which will proactively addres...Tue, 25 Jun 2019 04:15:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/intercontinental-exchange-launches-nyse-board-advisory-council2019-06-25T04:15:00ZCouncil to connect diverse board candidates with companies seeking new directors

NEW YORK, June 25, 2019 ?The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE), announced the launch of the NYSE Board Advisory Council, which will proactively address the critical need for inclusive leadership by connecting diverse candidates with companies seeking new directors.

The Council, which is comprised of 15 founding member CEOs from some of the world’s largest and most well-established brands, will leverage their own personal networks to identify qualified candidates interested in serving on boards. Through a series of live events, the first to be held at the New York Stock Exchange on June 25, the Council will introduce candidates to NYSE-listed companies seeking to expand diversity on corporate boards.

Lack of diversity on corporate boards is already a well-documented issue and the Council is designed to provide a step forward toward a solution.

“It’s incredible to see CEOs of our NYSE community come together on this mission and join the NYSE Board Advisory Council,?said NYSE Executive Vice Chairman and Co-Chair of the Council, Betty Liu. “Board recruiting can be a difficult, time-consuming activity. At the same time, getting placed on a board can seem like a mysterious process where you need to know the right people. With the formation of this Council, we hope to smooth and accelerate this process for our NYSE community, while at the same time directly addressing the need for more diversity on corporate boards. I believe we’ll make a meaningful impact on creating a more inclusive future.?/p>

Founding Members of the NYSE Board Advisory Council

  • American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) President and Chief Executive Officer, Susan Story
  • Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, Jan Zijderveld
  • Care.com, Inc. (NYSE: CRCM) Founder, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer, Sheila Lirio Marcelo
  • The Container Store Group, Inc. (NYSE: TCS) Chief Executive Officer, Melissa Reiff
  • The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, James Quincey
  • Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) Chief Executive Officer, Ed Bastian
  • The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), President and Chief Executive Officer, Kathryn Marinello
  • Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alex Gorsky
  • Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth C. Frazier
  • MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Fernandez
  • Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG) Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, David Taylor
  • Rent the Runway Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer Hyman
  • Slack Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: WORK) Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Butterfield
  • State Street Global Advisors, the asset management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), President and Chief Executive Officer, Cyrus Taraporevala
  • Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO) Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Jeff Lawson 

The Council will be led by former Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Seneca Women partner, Sharon Bowen and Duriya Farooqui, both Board Members of Intercontinental Exchange, as well as Liu.

Thoughts from our Founding Council Members

“Successful businesses truly understand their customers, their employees, their communities and their investors ?what they need, what they want and how to engage them with a purpose and values they share. Sustainable financial success is an outcome of doing all of these things better than anyone else. It starts with a board and CEO trusting in the power of a beautifully diverse and inclusive culture where everyone is valued and committed to high performance,?said American Water Works Company, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer, Susan Story.

“Diversity is critical to success ?it opens up creative thinking, brings fresh perspectives and ignites new ways of working. Diversity improves business performance. I’m delighted to be part of the NYSE Board Advisory Council. Avon has a strong track record in creating opportunities for women’s economic participation, but there is always more to do, and I look forward to working with the other board members to continue to shift the dial on diversity in all its forms. This is really important work as we seek to go even further in opening up more opportunities for more talent, ultimately helping more businesses to thrive,?said Avon Products, Inc. Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, Jan Zijderveld.

“Gender diversity on corporate boards is important to us as a business. We have made steady progress over the last decade, and we now have five women on our board. However, our work is far from done. We will continue to focus on increasing the representation of women on our board and, through this council, will encourage others to do the same. That is why I am thrilled to be a founding member of the NYSE Board Advisory Council,?said The Coca-Cola Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, James Quincey.

“Diversity is a key factor in a business’s ability to grow and thrive, while also helping employees become more creative, empathetic, and well-rounded, and it begins with a leadership team that truly believes and champions the importance of diversity. I look forward to being a part of the NYSE Board Advisory Council to help companies build diverse boards full of talented individuals with a variety of experience and skills that will benefit employees and all stakeholders,?said The Container Store Group, Inc. Chief Executive Officer, Melissa Reiff.

“Diversity at all levels helps drive business performance and fuel innovation. The breadth of experiences and perspectives that accompany gender and ethnic diversity leads to better quality decision-making in the boardroom. A diverse board also sends a powerful signal that can help the organization recruit and retain top talent. Merck’s mission of saving and improving lives around the world is best facilitated by welcoming the greatest range of talent available,?said Merck & Co., Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth C. Frazier.

“MSCI’s research finds that companies with more women on boards have been more likely to be recognized as innovators, and to have stronger talent management programs and higher employee productivity growth than their peers. We support the NYSE Board Advisory Council in its quest to connect boards with more diverse candidates who embrace new ideas, drive innovation, and can make a tangible impact,?said MSCI Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Fernandez.

“I am excited to be part of the NYSE’s Board Advisory Council to help address the diversity and equality gap that exists in many board rooms around the world. At P&G, we know we will be stronger and more successful if we have a diverse, inclusive and gender-equal company all the way from entry level to the Board of Directors,?said Procter & Gamble Company Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, David Taylor.

For more information on the New York Stock Exchange, click here.

About NYSE Group

NYSE Group is a subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE), a leading operator of global exchanges and clearing houses, and a provider of data and listings services. NYSE Group’s equity exchanges -- the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE American, NYSE Arca, NYSE Chicago and NYSE National -- trade more U.S. equity volume than any other exchange group. The NYSE is the premier global venue for capital raising, leading worldwide in IPOs, including technology IPOs. NYSE Arca Options and NYSE Amex Options are leading equity options exchanges. To learn more, visit www.nyse.com/index.

About Intercontinental Exchange

Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE) is a Fortune 500 and Fortune Future 50 company formed in the year 2000 to modernize markets. ICE serves customers by operating the exchanges, clearing houses and information services they rely upon to invest, trade and manage risk across global financial and commodity markets. A leader in market data, ICE Data Services serves the information and connectivity needs across virtually all asset classes. As the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, the company raises more capital than any other exchange in the world, driving economic growth and transforming markets.

Trademarks of ICE and/or its affiliates include Intercontinental Exchange, ICE, ICE block design, NYSE and New York Stock Exchange. Information regarding additional trademarks and intellectual property rights of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. and/or its affiliates is located at http://www.intercontinentalexchange.com/terms-of-use. Key Information Documents for certain products covered by the EU Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products Regulation can be accessed on the relevant exchange website under the heading “Key information Documents (KIDS)?

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 -- Statements in this press release regarding ICE’s business that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements?that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of additional risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see ICE’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including, but not limited to, the risk factors in ICE’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, as filed with the SEC on February 7, 2019.

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A Long Legacy & An Exciting Future: Coke Extends Olympic Partnershiphttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/a-long-legacy-coke-extends-olympic-partnershipThe year was 1928. Women would compete in track and field events for the first time at the Olympic Games. A symbolic flame would light a cauldron, and ignite a tradition. And a freighter carrying American athletes to Amsterdam would also bring Coca-Cola to its first Olympic Games. History has bee...Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:45:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/a-long-legacy-coke-extends-olympic-partnership2019-06-24T13:45:00ZThe year was 1928. Women would compete in track and field events for the first time at the Olympic Games. A symbolic flame would light a cauldron, and ignite a tradition. And a freighter carrying American athletes to Amsterdam would also bring Coca-Cola to its first Olympic Games.

History has been made many times at Olympic Games through the decades. And Coca-Cola has been there, at every host city since 1928, to see records being broken, dreams being fulfilled, and rivalries and camaraderie served up in equal parts.

The Coca-Cola Company is the longest continuous sponsor of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and today it announced it is extending its relationship another 12 years, for a total of a historic 104 years.

But this contract signifies a new era as tradition meets innovation with the IOC’s first ever Joint TOP (The Olympic Partners) Sponsorship. The Coca-Cola Company and China Mengniu Dairy Company will co-own the non-alcoholic beverage category, with Mengniu taking the lead in an expanded dairy category. 

“We are honored and privileged to be a part of the movement that makes it possible for athletes from all over the world to come together to represent their nations, pursue their dreams and be a part of history,?said James Quincey, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. “A lot has changed since we sold the first Coca-Cola at an Olympic event in 1928. With a fresh approach to our business and to our sponsorship, we are proud to join with Mengniu to promote and celebrate future Olympic Games.?/components>

The Coca-Cola Company and Mengniu are well acquainted with one another in China as Mengniu’s largest shareholder, COFCO, is also the parent company of COFCO Coca-Cola, one of The Coca-Cola Company’s bottlers in China.

With its current IOC contract ending after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, The Coca-Cola Company can now begin planning for Beijing in 2022, Paris in 2024, and in Los Angeles in 2028 ?100 years after women made history in Amsterdam. The company will be there for the 2026 and 2032 Olympic Games ?in cities that have yet to be named.

“We’ve been a part of bringing so many incredible moments to Olympic Games fans over the years ?moments that have been inspired by the pursuit of excellence, the possibility of opportunities, the spirit of competition, and a vision for a better world,?said Bea Perez, Chief Public Affairs, Communications, Sustainability and Marketing Assets Officer for The Coca-Cola Company, “With the past 90 years as our foundation, we can’t help but be excited for what the future holds.?nbsp;

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The IOC, The Coca-Cola Company and China Mengniu Dairy Company Ltd announce Joint Worldwide Olympic Partnership to 2032http://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/joint-worldwide-olympic-partnershipFirst-ever Joint TOP Partnership Agreement Extends The Coca-Cola Company’s relationship with the Olympic Movement to a historic 104 years Chinese dairy company Mengniu joins the family of Worldwide TOP Partners The International Olympic Committee (IOC), The Coca-Cola Company and China Mengniu D...Mon, 24 Jun 2019 04:15:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/joint-worldwide-olympic-partnership2019-06-24T04:15:00ZFirst-ever Joint TOP Partnership Agreement
Extends The Coca-Cola Company’s relationship with the Olympic Movement to a historic 104 years
Chinese dairy company Mengniu joins the family of Worldwide TOP Partners

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), The Coca-Cola Company and China Mengniu Dairy Company Ltd today announced that they have signed the first-ever Joint TOP Partnership Agreement. The partnership combines the non-alcoholic beverage and the dairy categories into a new joint category, and brings Chinese dairy company Mengniu into the family of Worldwide TOP Partners.

The new joint agreement has a 12-year term running through to the Olympic Games 2032. The agreement includes unprecedented investment in traditional and digital media to promote the Olympic values globally.

This agreement extends The Coca-Cola Company’s association with the Olympic Movement to a historic 104-year-long relationship.  The Coca-Cola Company is the longest continuous Partner of the Olympic Games.

Mengniu becomes the first Chinese fast-moving consumer goods company to become a TOP Partner. The Joint TOP partnership supports Mengniu’s ambitious international growth plans, with the company aiming to become one of the top dairy producers in the world by 2025.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “This long-term agreement is another demonstration of the relevance and stability of the Olympic Games in these times of uncertainty. Having our longest-standing partner, Coca-Cola, an iconic American brand, together with a young Chinese company, Mengniu, joining hands under the roof of our Worldwide TOP Programme is a great example of the unifying power of the Olympic spirit. This partnership will give another dimension to the promotion of the Olympic values around the world.?/p>

James Quincey, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, said: “We are honoured and privileged to be a part of the Olympic Movement that makes it possible for athletes from all over the world to come together to represent their nations, pursue their dreams and be a part of history. A lot has changed since we sold the first Coca-Cola at an Olympic event in 1928. With a fresh approach to our business and to our sponsorship, we are proud to join with Mengniu to promote and celebrate future Olympic Games.?/p>

Jeffrey Lu, CEO and Executive Director of Mengniu, said: “Membership of the TOP Programme will act as a catalyst for Mengniu to grow around the world. This is a vital step in our international strategy, and we are honoured to have the opportunity to build the positive reputation of Chinese food and beverage brands among consumers globally. As a Worldwide TOP Partner, we look forward to using the unrivalled platform of the Olympic Games to promote health and joy to Olympians and fans alike.?/p>

Worldwide Olympic Partners support every National Olympic Committee and their teams, and every Organiser of the Olympic Games, as well as providing support for athletes?training and development. In addition, they promote the ideals and values of the Olympic Movement and help create memorable experiences for spectators and fans around the world. 

The Coca-Cola Company has had a presence at the Olympic Games since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam. With its current agreement with the IOC ending in 2020, The Coca-Cola Company will now continue its partnership with this new Joint TOP agreement through to the Olympic Winter Games 2022 in Beijing, the Olympic Games 2024 in Paris, the Olympic Winter Games 2026, the Olympic Games 2028 in Los Angeles, and the Olympic Games 2030 and 2032. The host city for the Olympic Winter Games 2026 will be named later today.

The Joint TOP agreement also includes marketing rights for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Paralympic Games through the IOC-IPC long-term collaboration agreement, as well as for the Youth Olympic Games.

Olympic marketing programmes are based on the fundamental principle of exclusivity within a specific product category and territory. The current Beijing 2022 domestic partner’s exclusive rights in its designated category in the Chinese market will not be affected.

Jiri Kejval, IOC Marketing Commission Chair, said: “We are very excited to continue our relationship with our long-standing Partner Coca-Cola for many years to come, and to begin working with Mengniu. The agreement represents an unprecedented commitment to support the IOC to engage young people and promote the Olympic values around the world. We are also delighted to bring another Chinese company to the Worldwide Olympic Partner family as part of this collaboration.?/p>

Bea Perez, Chief Public Affairs, Communications, Sustainability and Marketing Assets Officer for The Coca-Cola Company, said: “We’ve been a part of bringing so many incredible moments to Olympic Games fans over the years ?moments that have been inspired by the pursuit of excellence, the possibility of opportunities, the spirit of competition, and a vision for a better world. With the past 90 years as our foundation, we can’t help but be excited for what the future holds.?nbsp; 

Yong Zhang, Vice-President of Strategy at Mengniu, added: “The Olympic Movement and Mengniu are naturally aligned. We both aim to bring health and joy to people, and Mengniu’s brand advocates ‘Born for Greatness??another natural fit with the Olympic values. Mengniu reaches hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide and will encourage more people to follow and participate in the Olympic Movement, while also contributing ‘China’s strength?to the global development of the Olympic cause and successful hosting of future Olympic Games.?/p>

About the IOC

The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers, which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of 3.4 million US dollars goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.

For more information, please contact the IOC Media Relations Team:
Tel: +41 21 621 6000, email: pressoffice@olympic.org, or visit our web site at www.olympic.org.

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About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries and territories. In addition to the company’s Coca-Cola brands, its portfolio includes some of the world’s most valuable beverage brands, such as AdeS plant-based beverages, Ayataka green tea, Costa coffee, Dasani waters, Del Valle juices and nectars, Fanta, Georgia coffee, Gold Peak teas and coffees, Honest Tea, innocent smoothies and juices, Minute Maid juices, Powerade sports drinks, Simply juices, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater and ZICO coconut water. It is constantly transforming its portfolio, from reducing sugar in its drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. It is also working to reduce its environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With its bottling partners, it employs more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at Coca-Cola Journey at www.6gaoshen.com and follow the company on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Mengniu Dairy Company

Founded in 1999, China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited (HK2319) went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2004. It was rated the No.1 dairy constituent stock by the Hang Seng Index in 2014. Mengniu has an international shareholding structure, with COFCO, China’s biggest grain and oil company, being the largest strategic shareholder, Danone (France) the second, and Arla Foods (Denmark) the third. Mengniu Dairy Group ranked as the 10th largest dairy company globally in 2017. As China’s leading dairy manufacturer, Mengniu focuses on producing dairy products that are customised for Chinese consumers. Twenty years of experience in the market has enabled Mengniu to develop a diversified product matrix, including liquid milk, ice cream, milk powder, dairy drinks and cheese. It has also successfully built multiple star brands such as Milk Deluxe, Just Yoghurt, YoyiC, Champion, Fruit Milk and Future Star.

Mengniu now owns 38 production bases in China, one in New Zealand and one in Indonesia. In total, the company is capable of producing over nine million tons of products annually. In 2018, Mengniu achieved over USD 10 billion in revenue and took up the largest market share in premium UHT milk and cold-chain yoghurt categories. Mengniu’s products are exported to countries and regions such as Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and Macau. Learn more about Mengniu at www.mengniu.com.cn and www.mengniuir.com and follow Mengniu on Weibo.

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The Coca-Cola Company Announces Timing of Second Quarter 2019 Earnings Releasehttp://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/second-quarter-2019-earnings-announcementATLANTA, June 20, 2019 ?The Coca-Cola Company today announced it will release second quarter 2019 financial results on July 23 before the New York Stock Exchange opens. The release will be followed by an investor conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the results. The company invites investo...Thu, 20 Jun 2019 20:00:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/press-center/press-releases/second-quarter-2019-earnings-announcement2019-06-20T20:00:00ZATLANTA, June 20, 2019 ?The Coca-Cola Company today announced it will release second quarter 2019 financial results on July 23 before the New York Stock Exchange opens. The release will be followed by an investor conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the results.

The company invites investors to join a webcast for this event on its website at www.6gaoshen.com/investors. Downloadable files of the earnings call audio recording, as well as a transcript, will be available within 24 hours after the call on the company’s website.

About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries and territories. In addition to the company’s Coca-Cola brands, our portfolio includes some of the world’s most valuable beverage brands, such as AdeS plant-based beverages, Ayataka green tea, Costa coffee, Dasani waters, Del Valle juices and nectars, Fanta, Georgia coffee, Gold Peak teas and coffees, Honest Tea, innocent smoothies and juices, Minute Maid juices, Powerade sports drinks, Simply juices, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater and ZICO coconut water. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We’re also working to reduce our environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at Coca-Cola Journey at www.6gaoshen.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Beyond the Mic: Sprite Spotlights Tomorrow’s Hip-Hop Tastemakers With ‘Thirst for Yours?Campaignhttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/beyond-the-mic-sprite-spotlights-tomorrows-hip-hop-tastemakersFor more than 30 years, Sprite] has supported and embraced the music, culture and community of hip-hop in a refreshingly real way by authentically championing the genre’s top names and underground artists alike. Now the brand is bringing the genre’s emerging talent to the forefront through the “T...Thu, 20 Jun 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/beyond-the-mic-sprite-spotlights-tomorrows-hip-hop-tastemakers2019-06-20T04:00:00ZFor more than 30 years, Sprite] has supported and embraced the music, culture and community of hip-hop in a refreshingly real way by authentically championing the genre’s top names and underground artists alike.

Now the brand is bringing the genre’s emerging talent to the forefront through the “Thirst For Yours?campaign. The multi-year platform will spotlight tastemakers and innovators ?musicians, designers, artists, photographers and more ?who are shaping the future of hip-hop culture through both their craft and creativity.

Launching today, “Thirst For Yours?will feature a series of TV spots, social media content, influencer engagement, outdoor advertising and experiential activations tapping into key cultural moments within the spaces of music, art, film and fashion.

“Our core fanbase of 13 to 24 year-olds cares deeply about artists who are not only talented, but also cultural curators and arbiters who are making a mark on the world,?said Aaliyah Shafiq, group director, Sprite. “Our connection to hip-hop music is at the heart of ‘Thirst for Yours? but we’re leaning into our audience’s related passion points.?/p>

“Two commercials shot in the reigning home of both hip-hop and Sprite ?Atlanta ?“The Artist?(:30) and “The Empire?(:30) chronicle the journeys of an ambitious young rapper and fashion designer from everyday life to superstardom as their dreams become a reality? said Dipal Shah, director, integrated marketing communications (IMC), Sprite.

Sprite tapped a pair of up-and-coming artists who embody the “Thirst For Yours?mentality and authenticity ?Atlanta-based rapper Kodie Shane and rising fashion designer and current Clark Atlanta University student Seth Giscombe ?to star in the spots, which were directed by the award-winning filmmaker duo, We Are From L.A. Rachel Morrison served as Director of Photography for each spot. She is best known for her work on Black Panther, Fruitvale Station and Mudbound, the latter of which solidified her as the first female nominee within the Best Cinematography category at the Academy Awards.

“The Artist?and “The Empire?will debut during the June 23rd telecast of the 2019 BET Awards and run across Sprite’s social and digital channels.

“Thirst For Yours?builds on the March launch of Sprite Way, a community-powered Spotify playlist and podcast highlighting unsigned hip-hop and R&B talent, and the #GetVocal campaign launched last fall, which invites fans to download a custom beat created by Izze the Producer and record a 60-second topical freestyle to share on social media. Stefan Miller, senior brand manager, Sprite, called “Thirst for Yours?a modern-day evolution of the seminal “Obey Your Thirst?campaign, which promoted self-expression and individuality.

“The ‘Yours?in ‘Thirst for Yours?is intentionally open-ended,?he explained. “We want the community to interpret and define it in their own unique way. And while our fanbase hasn’t changed over the years, the world around them has. So not only does this work represent a pivot in how we’re talking to our fans ?by shifting focus from Sprite to them ?but it’s also a reflection of what’s happening in hip-hop culture.?/p>

The “Thirst For Yours?campaign will include several activations where hip-hop music, fashion, art and culture intersect, starting with the BET Experience Weekend and the 2019 BET Awards in Los Angeles, CA. On Friday, June 21, Sprite will host an exclusive media event celebrating “Thirst For Yours?at The Terrace at L.A. Live. Joined by hip-hop talent, influencers and Sprite  brand executives, the event will culminate with a panel discussion featuring Shane, Giscombe and Sprite Way talent, who will discuss their personal journeys and share how Sprite has helped advance their careers.

Sprite will partner with the BET Experience at L.A. Live on June 21 and 22 for DJ Hed Presents Kicksperience sponsored by Sprite. The immersive pop-up celebrating the rise of sneaker culture will feature Sprite photo booths, sampling stations and performances from Sprite] partners Rapsody, Kamaiyah and Villain Park. Featured Sprite Way artist Bino also will perform on the main stage during Saturday night’s BET Experience.

Learn more about “Thirst For Yours?at Sprite.com, or follow @Sprite on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and via the #ThirstForYours hashtag.

Sprite’s ties to hip-hop date back to 1986 when rapper Kurtis Blow appeared in a commercial for the brand, and continued into the 1990s with the “I Like the Sprite in You" campaign featuring several of the decade’s top artists. In 1994, Sprite cemented its status as the signature soft drink of hip-hop culture with the launch of a groundbreaking series of ads under the “Obey Your Thirst?tagline.

“Being an MC, we try to be cool about what we do,?Rakim, who appeared in an early-2000s Sprite radio ad and was featured in the 2015 “Obey the Verse?collection of Sprite cans featuring iconic hip-hop lyrics, said in a 2016 interview. “But this is one of those things, that when they call, you tell your man, 'I got a Sprite deal.' Because it means something. It's something that has lasted in the hood?it's authentic.?/p> ]]>What I Saw and Learned During an Expedition to the North Atlantic Gyrehttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/what-i-saw-and-learned-during-an-expedition-to-the-north-atlantic-gyreI was 350 miles east of Bermuda, skimming the surface of the Sargasso Sea in a boat filled with 160 representatives from companies across the plastic value chain, NGOs and thought leaders who share a commitment to ocean health and conservation. There, floating in 9,000 feet of crystal-clear water...Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:37:00 GMThttp://www.6gaoshen.com/stories/what-i-saw-and-learned-during-an-expedition-to-the-north-atlantic-gyre2019-06-17T15:37:00ZI was 350 miles east of Bermuda, skimming the surface of the Sargasso Sea in a boat filled with 160 representatives from companies across the plastic value chain, NGOs and thought leaders who share a commitment to ocean health and conservation.

There, floating in 9,000 feet of crystal-clear water, was a plastic fork atop a floating seaweed mat.

The speck of bright white in an infinity of blue was a reminder to all of us onboard that the marine litter crisis is a challenge ?and a responsibility ?we all share. We stopped the boat and snorkeled under and around the tangled ecosystem of seaweed, marine life and debris in the North Atlantic Gyre, a circular system of ocean currents stretching across the North Atlantic. Everything from toilet seats and buckets, to fishing gear funnel in from near the equator almost to Iceland, and from the east coast of North America to the west coasts of Europe and Africa.

Getting an up-close look at the impact civilization is having on our oceans and waterways ?hundreds of miles away from civilization ?grounded and centered our group for action-oriented conversation and collaboration. We all saw the same thing in the same place at the same time.

The immersive expedition was part of the Ocean Plastic Leadership Summit, a first-of-its-kind stakeholder gathering with the goal of building cross-sector relationship and developing develop actionable solutions to the global plastic waste problem. Over the course of three days, we participated in content sessions, roundtable discussions and “design labs?dedicated to topics like zero-waste communities and chemical recycling. The dialogue was open, informal and respectful. We realized that each of has a role to play in developing solutions, and that collaboration ?not finger pointing ?is what our planet needs. Everyone saw each other as fellow humans and partners, not adversaries.

I shared results and learnings from our “World Without Waste?work. At Coca-Cola, we believe that the most effective way to impact change is to address the problem of waste before it reaches waterways and ultimately, oceans. That’s where our efforts are focused ?on helping to improve recycling and collection programs around the world. For example, we recently announced our participation in Circulate Capital, a venture loan fund from Closed Loop Partners/Closed Loop Oceans. We are among the first round of investors making a $15 million contribution from The Coca-Cola Company. The fund will address plastics in the Asia-Pacific oceans and environment.

I returned to Atlanta energized not only about the work we’re doing as a system, but about the connections made during the summit. The fact that everyone worked together on the ship will fuel better communication and collaboration between stakeholders who may not have been connected in the past. I look forward to continuing the conversation and making progress together.

Bruce Karas is vice president of environment and sustainability for Coca-Cola North America. 

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