Pepsi Beverages Company Hosts Georgia Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA14) in Rome Facility
Congressman Graves tour Rome PepsiEarlier this month, U.S. Representative Tom Graves (R-GA14) toured the Pepsi Beverages Company’s facility in Rome, Georgia. On the facility tour, the north Georgia Congressman was briefed on PepsiCo’s Georgia operations,the 4,000+ Georgia jobs created by the Company and the Rome facility’s commitment to the local community.


Coca-Cola Pledges Nearly $4 Million to Get Georgians Active
Atlanta based Coca-Cola understands that success begins at home. In the spring, Coca-Cola pledged $3.8 million to support statewide initiatives to help get people active and enjoy a balanced lifestyle. Georgia SHAPE, Walk Georgia and the City of Atlanta’s Centers of Hope program were among the recipients of the Coca-Cola grants. The grants will provide increased access to community-oriented physical activity and nutrition education programs.
Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company said, ”together with Governor Nathan Deal and Mayor Kasim Reed, we are inspiring our hometown of Atlanta and home state of Georgia to be active and golden triangle efforts like these…amplify the active role we must all take in helping to tackle the complex issue of obesity.  We can only succeed with the collaboration of local governments, community leaders and other willing partners.”


600 Children Get Up and Get Active with Valdosta Pepsi
Our employees are active in the neighborhoods, schools and communities they serve and we’re supporting healthy, active living programs focused on reducing and preventing obesity.

In July, Valdosta Pepsi took part in the 8th Annual Fun & Fitness Day with the Southside Recreation Center. The Fun & Fitness Day emphasizes the importance of living an active lifestyle and shaping healthy lifestyle choices for today’s youth. Due to the year-after-year success of the event, Mayor John Gayle proclaimed the last Friday of June as Fun and Fitness Day for the City of Valdosta.
The Valdosta Pepsi team was a proud supporter of the event and helped over 600 Valdosta children ages 4-17 get active and enjoy a day of play. Employees from Valdosta Pepsi provided a lesson on how to read nutrition labels and a fact sheet containing easy ways to stay active all year long and simple everyday tips that can lead to a lifetime of healthy habits.


Coca-Cola Offers the Skinny on Aspartame 
Atlanta based Coca-Cola recently released an infographic with facts about aspartame, a low-calorie sweetener. Aspartame and other no- and low-calorie sweeteners provide a sweet taste and can be an effective tool for weight management. In fact, reviews by theAcademy of Nutrition and Dieteticsthe American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association have indicated that when consistently used to reduce total calorie intake products sweetened with aspartame and other low-calorie sweeteners can support  a comprehensive weight loss or maintenance program.

Recent beverage industry innovations, including the development of lower calorie beverages, has helped drive a 23% reduction in average calories per serving from beverages sold between 1998-2010. Check out for more information on how the beverage industry is delivering more choices, fewer calories and smaller portions!


PepsiCo & Feed the Children Team Up to Feed 800 Atlanta Area Children and Families in Need
“Last week, PepsiCo and Feed the Children partnered with Compassion Atlanta and distributed two tractor trailer loads of food and essentials for 800 families in need.
PepsiCo is a longtime Feed The Children partner and today donated Frito-Lay variety packs of baked snacks, Quaker products and Propel and Tropicana beverages to families.

Pepsi, Feed the Children ATL


Feed The Children partner agency Compassion Atlanta pre-identified families receiving the donations. Each family also received a 25-pound box of food, a 10-pound box of personal care items and AVON products. The boxes are designed to help support a family of four for up to one week.

More than one in three children living in Atlanta (40.1 percent) is considered impoverished. In fact, the number of children living in poverty in Georgia (610,722) could fill Turner Field more than 12 times.”


Coca-Cola Refreshments Recognized by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful for Recycling Efforts, Expands 2020 Sustainability Goals 
Over the last three months, employees from the beverage industry across the state of Georgia participated in Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest annual community improvement program.  In Gwinnett County, Coca-Cola Refreshments teamed up with Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful to promote the Great American Cleanup through recycling and waste reduction. The Gwinnett-based Coca-Cola facility received the 2013 Great American Cleanup Shred Your Stuff Award  from the Keep America Beautiful affiliate for their paper recycling program. Coca-Cola Refreshments set up a new paper recycling system in their facilities office and brought the paper collected to the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett.
In just 92 days and in Gwinnett County alone, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup partnership with Coca-Cola and more than 2,500 participants accomplished the following:
  • 1.9 million pounds of recyclables collected — that’s enough to fill almost 50 semi-truck trailers!
  • 12,435 pounds of litter removed
  • 52 miles of roadway cleaned and beautified  
  • 4,526 pounds of electronics collected for recycling
  • 513 books donated to local charities

Click here for more information on Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful

Earlier this month, The Coca-Cola Company expanded and renewed its partnership with the World Wildlife Foundation by developing new 2020 environmental sustainability goals for the Coca-Cola system. Click here to see the global water, climate, packaging and agriculture performance goals.