Our bottling partners: the key to our success and our journey toward sustainability
We have nearly 300 bottling partners worldwide. They manufacture and package our beverages. They also merchandise and distribute our beverages to customers and vending partners, who then sell our products to consumers. Our bottling partners range from large, international, publicly traded businesses to small, family-owned operations. The vast majority of our bottling partners are not owned or controlled by our Company.
Our bottling partners are our most important connection with customers (the people who sell our products) and consumers. Likewise, they are essential to our sustainability efforts. We work closely with them to ensure their operations are aligned with our policies and initiatives. Bottling partners are engaging in water stewardship, reducing the Coca-Cola system’s carbon footprint and investing in and improving the communities where their facilities operate. Often, our bottling partners lead the way by finding new sustainability solutions.
For example, in the United States, we are among the newest members of the National Clean Fleets Partnership, a public-private partnership created by President Obama to help large companies reduce diesel and gasoline use in their fleets. The partnership is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) broader “Clean Cities” initiative. Each member company will work with the DOE to develop a strategy to reduce petroleum and diesel use by incorporating electric vehicles, alternative fuels and fuel-saving measures into their daily operations.
For some time, we have led the beverage industry in clean fleet technology by having more heavy-duty hybrid trucks in North America than any other fleet. We currently operate more than 700 hybrid electric trucks that reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent when compared to a conventional truck.
Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc. (CCR), which is the largest bottler in North America and is Company-owned, is also working to deploy more fully electric trucks. CCR currently has two electric trucks from Smith Electric in the Bronx, New York, and plans to deploy six Navistar eStar electric trucks in markets including Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, DC.
Our customers: putting our products into the hands of people everywhere
Our customers include just about anyone who sells our products—grocery stores, restaurants, street vendors, convenience stores, movie theaters and amusement parks, among others. Our customers have helped make us the world’s largest beverage company, and their ongoing support and partnership is fundamental to our success.
Our customers have a role to play in our sustainability efforts as well. They work with us to install more energy-efficient equipment. Their businesses are often women-owned and -operated, helping us empower more women around the world. They are key to our recovery and recycling efforts. And they are often deeply involved in improving their communities, providing guidance, connection and collaboration for our community improvement efforts.