Under pressure, some Ga. corporate leaders slam voting bill
The sweeping rewrite of Georgia's election rules that was signed into law by Republican Gov. AdThe reaction wasn’t much friendlier from voting rights groups that fought the legislation and criticized corporate players for not trying to block it altogether. Quincey noted on CNBC that Coca-Cola, even before Georgia's action, already had paused its PAC activity and would consider politicians' position on voting rights as part of future contributions. Bishop Reginald Jackson, who presides over more than 400 African Methodist Episcopal churches in Georgia, said too many corporate leaders have been “silent” on voting laws. Civil rights groups have filed federal lawsuits seeking to overturn the Georgia law.
Reggaeton redemption: Balvin, Bunny top Latin Grammy nods
J Balvin performs during the Coca-Cola Flow Reggaeton festival in Mexico City on Nov. 23, 2019, from left, Ozuna performs at the Latin American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 17, 2019 and Bad Bunny performs a medley at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 25, 2019. Balvin scored a whopping 13 nominations at the 2020 Latin Grammys, including two nominations for album of the year and two for record of the year. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively.
Missing man with Alzheimer’s found safe
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced that a missing 77-year-old man with Alzheimer’s has been found safe. Police were concerned when he went missing early this morning and had been seen walking in the direction of the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville. A spokesperson for JSO said thank you to the people who took the time to share his picture.
More companies pledge to give workers time to vote
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 22, 2020 file photo, A Coca-Cola display is viewed at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex after an MLS soccer match between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City in Kissimmee, Fla. A growing number of U.S. companies are pledging to give workers time off to vote in the presidential election this November. Coca-Cola, Twitter, Cisco and Uber are giving employees the day off. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
With stadiums, theaters closed, Coke 2Q revenue plunges 28%
Coca-Cola hits its low point in the second quarter of 2020, with revenue plunging 28%, but says sales are improving as lockdowns ease globally. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)Coca-Cola's revenue plunged 28% in the second quarter, but the company thinks the worst could be behind it. “I am pretty confident the second quarter will ultimately prove to be the most difficult and the most impactful quarter,” Quincey said Tuesday in a conference call with investors. Coke has 400 brands, more than half of which are single-country brands that make up less than 2% of revenue, Quincey said. Coke’s revenue fell to $7.2 billion, matching expectations.
Coca-Cola debuts caffeinated seltzers
The beverage behemoth unveiled Thursday a new flavored seltzer water brand with a splash of caffeine, called AHA. It's Coca-Cola's first new beverage brand in more than a decade, when it debuted Gold Peak tea. Sparkling water ticks a lot of those boxes, and American consumers are buying more of it. Sales of Coke's sparkling water jumped 27% in 2018, according to Nielsen data provided by Coca-Cola. Another competitor for Coca-Cola and National Beverage is Bubly from Pepsi.
Coca-Cola gets in holiday spirit with two new flavors
Coca-Cola is spicing it up this holiday season. The beverage company introduced two new limited-edition flavors: Coca-Cola Cinnamon and Sprite Winter Spiced Cranberry. Coca-Cola Cinnamon is the first holiday-flavored Coke offered in the United States. It delivers an aromatic and delightfully unexpected drinking experience, according to a press release. Sprite Winter Spiced Cranberry infuses the crisp, lemon-lime taste of Sprite with a warm spice blend and tart cranberry, company officials said.
5 people stabbed at Tallahassee business; suspect in custody
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A man ordered to leave a construction-supply business after quarreling with co-workers returned minutes later and stabbed five employees Wednesday in LeonTallahassee, seriously wounding one of them, authorities said. The suspect, who was arrested nearby, is 41-year-old Antwann Brown, according to the Tallahassee Police Department. He is facing five counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault, the State Attorney's Office confirmed. One victim was in serious condition at a hospital, two were in fair condition and another two were in good condition, said Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare spokeswoman Danielle Buchanan. Using a pocketknife, Brown appeared to seek out certain colleagues at the facility on Maryland Circle around 8:37 a.m., according to police.
TSA bans Galaxy's Edge-themed Coca-Cola bottles
ORLANDO, Fla. - When Disney first announced the new Coca-Cola themed beverages for "Star Wars": Galaxy's Edge, the internet went crazy. If our officers discover a replica item during screening and believe it's real, the item will be treated as such until advised otherwise by law enforcement. AskTSA (@AskTSA) August 28, 2019This news comes one day before "Star Wars": Galaxy's Edge is set to open to the public at Walt Disney World in Orlando. AskTSA (@AskTSA) August 13, 2019If you aren't able to take one home with you, make sure to get a good picture with the well-themed beverages. Click or tap here for our guide on how to get the best pictures at "Star Wars": Galaxy's Edge.
Cinnamon-flavored Coke hitting shelves next month
Coca-Cola is hoping by the end of next month, you'll be ready to abandon your pumpkin spiced lattes and jump into some winter flavors. The soft drink company is planning to launch a version of its iconic soda flavored with cinnamon on September 13. Coca-Cola Zero Sugar was such a big hit there last year, Coke decided to bring it stateside. There's no word yet on whether we'll get the zero sugar version, a full sugar version or perhaps both. Coke also plans to launch a winter spiced cranberry variant of sprite at the same time.
Coca-Cola will sell Dasani in aluminum cans and bottles
Over the next year, the beverage company plans to unveil new Dasani packaging and products, including aluminum cans and bottles, "How2Recycle" labels and improved Dasani water coolers. Coca-Cola will continue to sell Dasani in plastic bottles, too, but it will reduce the amount of plastic in those containers through a process called lightweighting. PepsiCo has also announced that it will start selling its Aquafina water brand in aluminum cans at U.S. fast-food and restaurant chains as soon as next year. Greening DasaniUsing aluminum bottles and cans may help increase the number of of Dasani products that get recycled. Making Dasani specialInnovations could not only help Coca-Cola reach its goals, but revitalize interest in Dasani.