Coca-Cola Consolidated and Kroger Team up with Zack Cozart for “Message in a Bottle” Program
CINCINNATI, OH (June 20, 2017) – Coca-Cola Consolidated, Kroger, and The United Service Organization (USO) are teaming up with Cincinnati Reds’ Shortstop Zack Cozart for the “Message in a Bottle” program to support our military personnel and veterans. Participating fans will have a chance to meet Zack Cozart and support our troops at the July 15th event.
“We are deeply grateful for the sacrifices our service men and women make for our country every day,” says Brian Outland, Cincinnati Vice-President of Sales for Coca-Cola Consolidated. “The Message in a Bottle program is a heartfelt way for the community to show our sincere gratitude.”
The campaign will collect hundreds of written messages from residents of the greater Cincinnati area. Employees at the local Coca-Cola branch will write and insert the messages into Coca-Cola bottles to be distributed via the USO to active-duty military around the world.
Message in a Bottle will kick off with a Meet & Greet and autograph signing by Reds’ Shortstop Zack Cozart on Saturday, July 15th, from noon to 1:00 P.M. at the Oakley Station Kroger: 4613 Marburg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209.
Fans are invited to the Kroger store between 11:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. to write messages to the troops, enjoy ice, cold refreshing Coca-Cola beverages, and enter to win signed Zack Cozart memorabilia and Coca-Cola giveaways. Fans can also meet Mr. Red Legs and Rose Red during this time.
“Kroger, Coca-Cola and the Reds have a long-history of recognizing and providing support for the men and women of our military and their families,” said Tim Brown, president Kroger, Cincinnati/Dayton division. “Message in a Bottle is one small way to honor them for their service.”
In addition to the USO of Central and Southern Ohio’s support in distributing the messages, Coca-Cola Consolidated also plans to distribute a portion of the bottled messages to more than 600 active-duty military and their families during a special event at Smale Riverfront Park, to be announced later this summer.
“The USO’s mission is about connections to family, home and country. Message in a Bottle is one more way we can provide a connection to home for our military service members, both locally and abroad,” says Sherry Ems, Executive Director of the USO of Southern & Central Ohio. “The USO of Central and Southern Ohio is grateful for the partnership with Coca Cola and Kroger. It is through this partnership that we can continue to be the Force Behind the Forces.””
About Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Coke Consolidated is the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Our Purpose is to honor God, serve others, pursue excellence and grow profitably. For 115 years, we have been deeply committed to the consumers, customers, and communities we serve and passionate about the broad portfolio of beverages and services we offer. We make, sell and distribute beverages of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies in more than 300 brands and flavors across 16 states to over 50 million consumers.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Coke Consolidated is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol COKE. More information about the company is available at www.cokeconsolidated.com. Follow Coke Consolidated on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
About the USO of Central and Southern Ohio (USO-CSO)
The mission of the USO is to keep America’s service members connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. The USO-CSO covers 65 counties in Central and Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and West Virginia. We provide a touch of home with our lounges at Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus Airports and the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). We recently opened a new USO Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In addition to our wonderful lounges, we also support our military through various programs and events, such as marriage retreats, singles retreats, kids camps, family camps, unit events and much more. Serving the troops since 1966, the USO-CSO is a civilian registered 501c3 receiving no government or military funding and is not a part of the Department of Defense. We are financially independent from USO, Inc. With your donation to the USO-CSO, we are able to continue our mission of supporting our service members and their families, right here in Ohio, Northern Kentucky and West Virginia. It is through the generosity of individuals, corporations and organizations that we are able to accomplish our mission. For more information, please visit www.usocso.org.
Kroger Cincinnati/Dayton Division employs more than 20,000 associates, who serve customers in 109 supermarkets (including 16 Marketplace stores), warehouses and offices in the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Eastern Indiana, and Dayton areas. With more than 3,000 groups participating in the Division’s Community Rewards Program, $4 million was donated back to local non-profit organizations in 2016. The division focuses its charitable efforts on hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, visit http://www.kroger.com.