In line with Swire Coca-Cola’s core belief in nourishing the communities in which it operates, Swire has partnered with several organizations to make a significant environmental impact. The Draper, Utah and Eastern Idaho communities have seen strong results on their recent projects focused on energy conservation and renewable resources. “We are pleased to announce the progress we have made to protect the environment, and give back to nature the amount of water we use in our operations. It truly is amazing what we can accomplish when we work together,” said Jack Pelo, President and CEO of Swire Coca-Cola. Through focused efforts to implement sustainable business practices at Swire Coca-Cola’s headquarters and distribution center, the 585,000-square-foot Draper building was awarded the Silver LEED® certification. According to the U.S. Green Building Council®, “LEED certification is an official recognition that a project complies with the requirements prescribed within the LEED rating systems as created and maintained by the U.S. Green Building Council.” To aid in the safe return of water to communities, Swire Coca-Cola partnered with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Trout Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy to support three crucial restoration projects. The first, located in Utah’s Chalk Creek watershed, was completed in June of 2013. It removed a fish migration barrier, opened up approximately 23 miles of stream habitat and helped conserve water by upgrading an irrigation system for a local rancher. This collaborative effort will restore stream flows of up to 11 million liters to the lower quarter-mile of the South Fork of Chalk Creek. Located in Swire Coca-Cola’s territory, a second project, on the upper Bear River, will ensure safe passage for Bonneville Cutthroat Trout and restore several miles of river and riparian habitat, providing stream flows during a critical time of the year. Funded partly by The Coca-Cola Company, modernized irrigation diversions and fish screens will protect thousands of juvenile Bonneville Cutthroat Trout that would previously have been trapped in canals. This major project will restore up to 3.86 billion liters of water to the river annually.
At Jesse Creek, located in the source watershed for Swire’s Fruitland, ID plant, Swire has supported a project led by The Nature Conservancy that reconnects natural stream flow to a section of the creek that has been dewatered for decades. Rejuvenated water flow should allow up to 1 billion liters to pass through the previously dewatered section of the creek. Currently underway, this project will balance the amount of water used in the Fruitland, ID plant with an equal amount of water flowing through the newly restored Jesse Creek channel. This creates a unique opportunity for Swire to reconnect water flow to a dewatered ecosystem and support environmental restoration activities. The project will be completed in the fall of 2014.“These remarkable projects demonstrate to landowners, water rights holders and other stakeholders that NGOs and irrigators can work together to produce win-win results. The projects will restore in-stream flows, help native fish populations and improve irrigation systems to benefit ranchers and rural economies,” said Todd Reeve, CEO of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Swire Coca-Cola is taking big strides to safely return to nature an amount of water equivalent to what the company uses in the production and bottling of its beverages. About Swire Coca-Cola Swire Coca-Cola, USA is the third largest independent bottler in the United States with sales reaching $500 million per year. Swire has two production facilities, one in Salt Lake City and one in Fruitland, Idaho. Swire produces and distributes Coca-Cola products, Minute Maid, Dasani, POWERADE, vitaminwater, Monster, and Dr. Pepper. Swire has 26 sales centers throughout the western U.S. and employs more than 1,800 people. Swire Coca-Cola’s 11 state franchise territories extend from Washington in the North to Arizona in the South, and California in the West, to Nebraska in the East. About The Coca-Cola Company The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 16 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of more than 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.