Coca-Cola Consolidated

Coca-Cola Consolidated

Coca-Cola Consolidated is the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States.  For more than 120 years, they have made and delivered beverage brands all over the world – now serving 300+ brands and flavors to 60 million consumers across 14 states and Washington, D.C. With 11 manufacturing facilities, 60 distribution and sales centers, and corporate offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, they serve the Southeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions. 

Coke Consolidated is deeply committed to the customers, consumers, and communities they serve and are passionate about the broad portfolio of beverages and services they offer. As champions of sustainability, embedded in their ‘Our Purpose' statement is a commitment to be responsible stewards of the environment and resources. In 2021, they collected the equivalent of 26 million plastic bottles and more than 4 million aluminum cans. 

Coca-Cola Consolidated's sustainability work is focused on three pillars: 

  1. Packaging & Recovery 
  2. Water Leadership 
  3. Protecting Our Climate 

In cooperation with Better Buildings’ “Better Plants Challenge,” they have committed to reducing their Company’s energy use ratio 20% by 2028. Energy reduction projects implemented to date include: 

  • Upgraded to LED lighting at 9 of 11 manufacturing locations.  
  • Modernized can and bottle fillers in 3 plants to increase energy/water efficiency. 
  • Enhanced production planning that includes longer run times, fewer clean-in-place rinses, and cold clean-in-place rinses to reduce energy and rinse time. 
  • Light-weighting 12oz bottles and caps for all locations, resulting in less material waste and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Installation of blow mold bottle production at select facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions created by shipping empty bottles. 
  • Transitioned trash compactors at all 11 production facilities to Waste-to-Energy Incinerators, preventing 487 tons of greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere while creating 198 MWh of renewable energy - enough to power 19 homes for a year. 

In 2023, they plan to add an additional blow mold line and new can and bottle fillers to continue lowering their carbon footprint. 

Coca-Cola Consolidated is the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States.

Buildings Challenge Commitment
Energy Goals
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity