COVID-19 News

American Beverage Association in the News

Learn more about how America's favorite beverage companies are making news and stepping up to protect the communities they serve.

The PepsiCo Foundation Feeds Texas Residents in the Wake of Winter Storm URI

Winter storm Uri has created a humanitarian crisis for Texas residents, impacting transportation and the availability of nutrition across the state. With food supplies dwindling and food banks and nonprofits heroically offering aid while grappling with logistical issues, PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation are providing approximately 200,000 meals to Texas residents in partnership with The Salvation Army.

1,000 Bottles of Water to Northside Warming Center

Coca-Cola and the Houston Texans are partnering to deliver a pallet (over 1,000 bottles) of Dasani water to the Northside Warming Center at the Foster Family YMCA where it will be distributed to those in need.

Coca-Cola, Pepsi partner with Ravn Alaska to bring water to Tuluksak

The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Alaska and PepsiCo have teamed up to supply pallets of water to help the village of Tuluksak after a fire destroyed the village’s pump house and laundromat a month ago. The partnership is donating 6,000 pounds of water to the village. Ravn Alaska is also helping out by flying the water to Bethel, and then Ryan Air will fly the water to Tuluksak to be delivered.

Coca-Cola UNITED Launches 2021 Internship Program For Students

Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED is seeking applicants for the 2021 edition of the company wide "Pay It Forward" program, which aims to provide African-American youth with opportunities to celebrate students' achievements and further their success. Normally, this program is a week-long, in person experience; however, this year due to COVID 19, students will participate virtually.

Onward and Pepsi donate water to front-line workers

Onward Beach Resort, Onward Mangilao Golf Club, Onward Talofofo Golf Club and Pepsi Guam Bottling provided more than 25,000 bottles of water to the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Guam Regional Medical City, Department of Public Health and Social Services, and the offices of the mayors of Tamuning, Mangilao and Talofofo, according to a release from Pepsi Guam Bottling.

Chattanooga Coca-Cola Donates $25,000 To Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Coca-Cola has donated $25,000 to the Bessie Smith Cultural Center for the Museum Vision. During the pandemic the Bessie Smith Cultural Center staff has been working to create partnerships amongst many businesses and individuals. With these partnerships has come a great deal of fundraising for the Bessie’s Phase One of reinvention. Phase One includes renovating the Chattanooga African American Museum located in the Bessie Smith Cultural Center to better tell the story of African Americans in Chattanooga throughout history. This story will walk each visitor through time, beginning with slavery and ending with today and the future.

Pepsi Stronger Together program will give back to the community during Super Bowl LV

Pepsi has announced new giveback initiatives it is rolling out in Tampa and across the state for Super Bowl LV as part of its Pepsi Stronger Together platform, a tailored grassroots-based program giving back to communities across the nation. In Tampa, the program is partnering with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to donate $100,000 in grants and support to help struggling Bay area restaurants.

Coca-Cola Foundation’s RAIN to replenish 15bn litres of water in South Africa

The Coca-Cola Foundation's Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) is funding five projects in South Africa to help restore priority water catchment areas by removing invasive alien plants, while creating valuable employment opportunities for women, youth and families.

Pepsi Launches ‘Dig In’ Campaign To Boost Black-Owned Restaurants

Pepsi has launched a new campaign called “Dig In” aimed at helping generate sales of at least $100 million for Black-owned restaurants around the country, which have been particularly hard-hit by the pandemic. Pepsi said its “Dig In” campaign will be a multi-level platform to support Black-owned businesses, which have faced systemic barriers to success on top of the current pandemic slowdown. The campaign is part of a multi-year initiative that will also offer restauranteurs access to resources such as business services, training and mentorship. “Dig In” also intends to highlight the diverse culinary offerings, cultural contributions and rich history of Black-owned restaurants in America.

PepsiCo Beverages Partners With RISE to Empower Sports Fans, Athletes and Leaders in Industry to Fight Racism

PepsiCo Beverages has partnered with RISE to harness the unifying power of sports to combat racism, advance equity and inclusion and inspire enduring change. RISE is a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations.

Global Water Challenge & The Coca-Cola Foundation Announce Support for Ten New Grantees

Global Water Challenge (GWC) and The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) announced US$1.28MM in new grantmaking from their ongoing partnership to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across Eurasia, the Middle East, and North Africa. The catalytic partnership, entitled the New World Program (NWP), is designed to advance progress on the SDGs, particularly in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); youth and women’s empowerment; and waste management and recycling sectors.

Coca-Cola Consolidated donates $25,000 to serve west Louisville children

A generous donation from Coca-Cola Consolidated will help children from west Louisville go to college and become community leaders. The company held a virtual ceremony over Zoom to hand over the $25,000 check to The Cabbage Patch Settlement House. The Louisville nonprofit has been serving underprivileged kids for 110 years through after-school activities, leadership programs and resources for their families too.

PepsiCo launches Dig In initiative, hopes to bring $100 million in business to Black-owned restaurants over 5 years

PepsiCo has unveiled its newest initiative to aid Black-owned restaurants. Dig In is a platform that aims to increase business by $100 million for Black-owned restaurants over the next five years.

Panthers partner with Coca-Cola Consolidated, Charlotte Motor Speedway for second annual "Joy to the Carolinas" event

2020 has presented countless challenges and hardships. But nothing was going to stop the Panthers from delivering some joy yet again during the holiday season. On Tuesday night, the Panthers and Coca-Cola Consolidated brought the second annual "Joy to the Carolinas" event to Charlotte Motor Speedway's "Speedway Christmas."

Coca-Cola shines its presence on communities, partners this Christmas

A survey done by the Social Weather Stations shows that one out of five or 21 percent of working Filipinos lost their jobs due to the pandemic. And with more than 400,000 positive cases of Covid-19 in the country as of early November plus a string of deadly typhoons, many Filipinos have understandably been hard-pressed finding reasons to celebrate Christmas this year. But the chilly air alongside Yuletide rituals with which we welcome the season still offer people some comfort, hope and joy.

The Los Angeles Chargers and Pepsi Bring the Holiday Spirit to Inglewood Families

On Wednesday, December 16, the Bolts and Pepsi worked with the Inglewood Unified School District to host a safe and socially distanced donation at Hudnall Elementary in Inglewood. More than 100 families from the Inglewood community received Chargers blankets, Chargers beanies, a $100 grocery gift card, Pepsi beverages, and Frito Lay snacks.

Coca-Cola gives $665,000 to Clayton State toward first generation, women in STEM scholarships

Clayton State University is embarking on an ambitious project to transform the quality of life for communities in the south metro Atlanta region, in addition to increasing outcomes for students, and it's getting some help from Coca-Cola.

Feeding America Responds to Food Shortage Amid Pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic causing demand to rise at food banks, Feeding America, a hunger-relief and food rescue organization, has expanded its MealConnect platform and partnered with The Coca-Cola Co. and Uber Eats to donate meals to those in need.

‘THANK YOU’: Janzen House can drive raises funds

A "can do" attitude by Janzen House employees, residents and volunteers resulted in a "cool" result for the nonprofit organization. She noted distributors like Imperial Beverage, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Pike Distributing and Griffin Beverage Co. were also key to the successful drive.

Coca-Cola and Lin Manuel Miranda collaborate to fight food insecurity

Raising their voices together, Coca-Cola and Lin Manuel Miranda strive to make a difference. While Lin Manuel Miranda might sing that Hamilton's emerging country might be young, scrappy and hungry, those words should not describe people suffering from food insecurity. Ahead of the Disney + Hamilton premiere, Coca-Cola, Miranda and Chef Jose Andres have collaborated on a huge humanitarian effort.

Food distribution helps veterans

Some organizations donate food items and or gift cards. For instance, Bink's Coca-Cola donated 80-2 liter bottles of each Coke and Lemonade; Walmart donated all the onions and apple pies, Meijer donated jello and a gift card and Thrivent - Action Team Members; Sarah Franks; Donald Franks; Connie Mayville and Alexandra Pahnke donated VISA gift cards as well to go toward the expense of the Veterans Fourth of July Food Baskets.

New Macon nonprofit holds food giveaway for homeless

The nonprofit 'Inspiring a Better Future' held a food giveaway at three locations around Macon on Monday afternoon. Jawara Beard, a Macon native, founded the nonprofit to help people in need by doing different projects around the community. "It's part of the relief of COVID-19," Beard said. "We decided, you know, let's help out a little bit." With donations from Kroger, Frito Lay and PepsiCo, 'Inspiring a Better Future' prepared 300 bagged lunches to give away to the homeless.

Food Lion Feeds' Helps to Provide 6.5 Million Meals Through 2020 "Summers Without Hunger" Campaign

Each $5 donation at the local store also triggered a product donation from six participating vendors. The vendors - Campbells, Hormel, Kellogg's, PepsiCo, Seald Sweet and Tyson - donated 1.5 million products to Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. This equates to an additional 625,672 meals that will help to fight hunger in the towns and cities Food Lion serves.

Hy-Vee teams up with Keurig Dr Pepper for ending summer hunger campaign

Hy-Vee has partnered with Kellogg's and Keurig Dr Pepper to help end summer hunger through its End Summer Hunger campaign. The partnership will help provide food for children and families in need. Throughout the month of July, one meal will be donated to Feeding America food banks in Hy-Vee's eight-state region for every qualifying purchase at a Hy-Vee location.

Chalk mural raises summer hunger awareness

Hy-Vee enlisted professional chalk artist Kathleen Roling to create a mural Sunday outside of the Hy-Vee in Ottumwa in an effort to raise awareness for summer hunger. The effort is part of the End Summer Hunger campaign, led in collaboration by Hy-Vee, Kellogg's and Keurig Dr Pepper to help provide food for children and families in need.

Southeastern Grocers Partners with Coca-Cola to Share a Meal with Families in Need

Southeastern Grocers, Inc., parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Mas, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, together with the SEG Gives Foundation, today announces the Share a Meal program in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company. The campaign provides customers with a seamless opportunity to share a meal with families in need through the simple purchase of a participating meal.

Joint Statement from USDA and FDA on Food Export Restrictions Pertaining to COVID-19

There is no evidence that people can contract COVID-19 from food or from food packaging. The U.S. food safety system, overseen by our agencies, is the global leader in ensuring the safety of our food products, including product for export.

Harvest Hope receives large donation from Pepsi to kick off Food Lion Summer program

On Wednesday, Pepsi donated 100,000 bottles of water to Harvest Hope to help kickoff the Food Lion feeds’ “Summers without Hunger” campaign. Leaders say this is a critical time with families in need due to the Coronavirus.

Coca-Cola Bottlers Dedicate Production Capability to Support COVID-19 Test Kits

Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc. today announced that Southeastern Container, a PET preform and bottle manufacturing co-operative funded and managed by a group of Coca-Cola bottlers, has begun producing test tubes for use in COVID-19 kits. Utilizing several injection molding preform tools, the manufacturing co-operative has already produced over 7 million tubes for testing kits.

PepsiCo Launches $7 Million Initiative To Help U.S. Communities Hardest Hit By COVID-19

New Program Provides Support to the National Urban League, UnidosUS and Local Nonprofits Nationwide to Help Address Rates of Infection, Joblessness and the Dearth of Vital Resources Needed in Black and Latino U.S. Communities Disproportionately Afflicted by COVID-19.

Coca-Cola Helps in Getting Face Shields to Michigan Hospitals

In a press release distributed Wednesday, Coca-Cola in conjunction with the non-profit organization MakersRespond, donated 65,000 plastic face shields to the State of Michigan to aid medical workers.

Don’t forget these other frontline workers

Here in Maine, the heroic work of our medical professionals and first responders has been remarkable to watch. Their tireless efforts to confront COVID-19 and care for the sick are an inspiration to Americans everywhere.

PepsiCo donates to $80K to assist communities in the East Bay

PepsiCo Foundation is donating thousands of dollars to help families in the East Bay through a COVID-19 relief fund. PepsiCo Foundation is announced Wednesday its launching a $7 million initiative to provide immediate relief to communities of color throughout the country that have been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you front-line workers

Here in Michigan, the heroic work of our medical professionals has been amazing to watch. Their tireless efforts to confront COVID-19 and care for the sick are an inspiration to Americans everywhere.

PepsiCo Launches $7 Million Initiative To Help U.S. Communities Hardest Hit By COVID-19

In response to alarming evidence of the continued disparate, negative impact of COVID-19, PepsiCo, Inc. and its philanthropic arm, The PepsiCo Foundation, today launched an initiative to provide increased medical and economic aid to communities of color across the country where the company has long worked. The $7 million initiative is a comprehensive project to support immediate relief and long-term recovery.

A thank you to the food and beverage workforce

The Colorado Beverage Association would also like to acknowledge the sacrifice of our members who are on the frontline of providing goods and services that are essential to our way of life.

Face Shields to the Front Lines: Coca-Cola North America, MakersRespond Address Critical Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment

Coca-Cola North America is teaming up with supply chain partners and a nationwide network of makers to produce and distribute hundreds of thousands of protective face shields to healthcare workers and first responders on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis.

PepsiCo provides 2,000 face shields to help LVHN fight coronavirus

The Lehigh Valley's largest employer has teamed up with one of the world's largest food-and-beverage companies. Lehigh Valley Health Network medical professionals have received more than 2,000 face shields through a partnership led by PepsiCo...

Coca-Cola to donate 3,200 cases of sparkling water to Lowcountry first responders

Coca-Cola is donating 3,200 cases of sparkling water to Charleston County first responders, city officials said. First responders can show up at Parking Lot B of the North Charleston Coliseum Tuesday at 2 p.m. to receive the donation. Healthcare workers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and sanitation workers are among those invited.

PepsiCo, Minges Bottling Group providing grant to feed New Bern-area kids this summer

The PepsiCo Foundation and Minges Bottling Group have announced a grant that will support a charity serving New Bern, the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola. The Foundation will give a $50,000 donation to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina's 2020 Stop Summer Hunger Program to help support the communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

A salute to essential workers during crisis

On behalf of the Georgia Beverage Association, we'd also like to thank elected officials and government leaders. Our essential critical workers could not do this without your continued support.

Pepsi Teams up with Local Communities to Spotlight Frontline Workers in New "Stronger Together" Campaign

Every town, community and neighborhood has people who regularly go above and beyond to help their community. Now more than ever, these heroes are showing up and playing a critical role on the frontlines of COVID-19; from working longer shifts at the hospital to servicing communities at supermarkets, delivering meals and packages and everything in between.

America's Food And Beverage Workers Are At Work, Looking Out For All Of Us

Our country has come together to confront COVID-19. America's medical professionals and first responders are on the front lines performing heroic work to contain and defeat the virus. Everyday Americans are doing their part by taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

Mastercard and PepsiCo partner to donate $1 million to White Plains Hospital

Two multi-national corporations headquartered in Westchester are teaming up to support health care workers who have cared for the highest number of COVID-19 patients in the region. Mastercard and PepsiCo announced the formation of a local community partnership that establishes a $1 million, two-year fund that would go toward White Plains Hospital. Initial funding will provide personal protective equipment to workers and help the hospital increase its capacity, according to a news release.

Arizona, Swire Coca-Cola Partner To Provide 30K Liters Of Water To Navajo Nation

Governor Doug Ducey today announced the Arizona Department of Energy and Military Affairs (DEMA) and Swire Coca-Cola coordinated to provide 30,000 liters of Dasani Water and two pallets of Coca-Cola beverages to the Navajo Nation. The two truckloads of supplies, donated by Swire Coca-Cola, were delivered this morning to Nakai Hall at the Window Rock Fairgrounds on the Navajo Nation.

Truckers, merchandisers bring us a sense of normalcy

In Columbus, truckers from Keurig Dr Pepper on Stelzer Road, plant workers at G&J Pepsi on Gibbard Avenue and merchandisers from Coca-Cola Consolidated on Groves Road are on the job night and day to get us our groceries. Stock workers are hustling to put items on grocery shelves and cashiers, counter people, managers and assistant managers are working double-time.

Illinois' Food and Beverage Industries are all in Illinois

It has been incredible to see the bravery of Illinois' medical professionals and first responders. We owe them a debt of gratitude. The same gratitude applies for those working on another front line, providing food, beverages and other essential necessities.

Thank You To Food And Beverage Workers

Here in Arizona, the heroic work of our medical professionals and first responders has been remarkable to watch. Their tireless effort to confront COVID-19 is an act of selflessness on a level rarely seen. Concurrently, there's a group of workers tackling a different challenge - those that must remain at their post to provide products and services that are essential to our livelihood.

Everyone in the food and beverage supply chain deserves our thanks

Every day, they make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of people who are counting on them as we navigate our way through these turbulent times.

Heroes Deserve Our Thanks

As our country comes together to confront COVID-19, we are continuously amazed by the heroic work of those on the front lines, America's medical professionals and first responders, who are working tirelessly to contain and defeat this virus. They deserve our heartfelt thanks, as do other unsung heroes of this crisis, who are working harder than ever to keep America's essential goods, food supply and common grocery items moving.

Salute to Critical Workers

Whenever we face a crisis as Americans, we pull together. Neighbors help neighbors, friends reach out to friends, and families get closer. It's also a time when ordinary folks put aside their fears and personal difficulties to punch that clock every day so the rest of us get what we need to make it through the week.

We Need to Protect the Outdoors That Give Us So Much Enjoyment

Please join us in thanking our members and community partners who are committed to keeping our neighborhoods, parks and great outdoors clean - especially now, when we all need a daily dose of sunshine and fresh air.

Missourians face COVID-19 crisis together

You see them everywhere here in our state. Plant workers, farm workers and truckers are on the job night and day to get us our groceries. Stock workers are hustling to put items on the shelves; cashiers, counter people, managers and assistant managers are working double-time.

Grateful for Essential Services

I hope every American will take a moment to offer thanks to those on the front lines who have stepped up during this difficult time. On behalf of the Texas Beverage Association, we'd also like to thank Gov. Greg Abbott, our mayors, leaders in Congress and administration officials who are working tirelessly, constructively and responsively to keep Texas moving.

Keurig Dr Pepper is donating brewers to hospitals and ramping up hiring

Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. has donated coffee stations with brewers and K-Cup coffee pods to thousands of hospital break rooms across the country in an effort to help the health care sector battle the pandemic.

Plastic seltzer bottles into protective masks? Polar co-owners crafting help

Polar Beverage owners are crafting two-liter seltzer bottles into personal protective equipment, or PPE, for people on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.

Beverage gives back: How brands are helping out during the coronavirus crisis

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, beverage brand are donating their money, time and products to keep their communities affloat in uncertain times.

COVID-19 Response: How the Coca-Cola North America System is Supporting Communities and Frontline Responders

Throughout its 134-year history, The Coca-Cola Company has operated in times of crisis and tapped its network of partners, suppliers and stakeholders to provide not only financial resources, but also logistical, technical and marketing expertise to support communities in need.

PepsiCo to hire 6,000 new workers

PepsiCo, Inc. announced it will provide additional compensation to line workers and enhanced benefits to all US-based employees during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Tech team up to produce 50,000 plastic surgical shields

Engineers at Georgia Tech and in neighborhoods across Atlanta have been working around the clock to manufacture protective gear using lasers and 3D printers. To help in the production, the Coca-Cola Company donated about 6,000 pounds of plastic sheeting this week.

Vita Coco to Give $1 Million to COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Vita Coca will donate $1 million of the company’s incremental profits as sales for its shelf-stable coconut water surge amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coke Puts Social Distancing Message in Times Square

Coca-Cola has chosen what is normally one of the most crowded places on Earth to send a social distancing message as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread.