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Sept 28th, 2020
RECIPIENTS OF THE £165,000 COCA-COLA COMMUNITY FUND REVEALED AT GREAT BRITISH PUB AWARDS FINAL
Following more than 600 entries and 65,000 consumer votes, the Great British Pub Awards final on 24th September unveiled 15 winning pubs that went above and beyond for their local communities during lockdown. Despite facing unprecedented challenges themselves, the awards recognised the selfless acts of kindness from publicans, from feeding vulnerable members of the community and providing NHS workers with somewhere to stay, to keeping morale high when people needed it the most.
These 15 winning outlets will now go on to apply for a share of the £165,000 Coca-Cola Community Pub Fund, to either help them continue their community work or make vital business improvements or upgrades over the coming months. This fund is part of CCEP’s wider 2020 £20m support package to help the licensed trade reopen and continue to navigate through these unprecedented times.
Rob Harris, VP of Sales at Coca-Cola European Partners said, ‘Congratulations to all the shortlisted finalists and winners of the Great British Pub Awards from everyone Coca-Cola European Partners, the standard of entries was outstanding and a true reflection of the role the British Pub plays within its communities. We look forward to seeing how the Coca-Cola Community Pub Fund is put to good use over the coming months’.
If you would like to watch the 80 minute award ceremony presented by Stephen Mulhern you can view it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHXqwdr1i6A
If you would like to read about all the 15 winners, click here https://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Article/2020/09/24/Great-British-Pub-Awards-2020-winners
Sept 28th, 2020
2020 VIRTUAL CONVENIENCE AWARDS AND CONVENIENCE CONFERENCE BROADCAST SERIES
This year we are supporting and taking part in the virtual Convenience Awards and Convenience Conference Broadcast Series. Hosted by Konnie Huq at 5pm on the 29th September, the awards will showcase some of GB’s convenience retailing talent including revealing the convenience retailer of the year and shoppers convenience fascia of the year. Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is sponsoring the Excellence in Sustainability category. To watch the awards, register attendance on this link: www.theconvenienceawards.com
The Convenience Conference Broadcast Series takes place after the awards between 5th – 9th October with a series of presentations and panel discussion throughout the week, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. CCEP’s Sustainable Packaging Director, Nick Brown will be taking part in a panel discussion entitled ‘Sustainable growth in a post-pandemic environment’ at 10am on Tuesday 6th October. For more information about the full programme of speakers and to register attendance visit www.theconvenienceconference.com
Premier League Competition
Once registered, you can visit us at our virtual networking hub between 29th September – 9th October, which includes the latest soft drink insights & trends, team members on hand to answer questions and the chance to win one of two ‘Coca-Cola – Make Your Home The Home End’ kits that include a Premier League shirt of your choice and other goodies to enhance the in-home football watching experience.
For the full competition terms and conditions, please see this link: https://cokecustomerhub.co.uk/latest-news/premier-league-competition-tandcs/
Aug 10th, 2020
GETTING COMMUNITIES INVOLVED IN THE GREAT BRITISH SEPTEMBER CLEAN
Keep Britain Tidy is running the Great British September Clean from 11th-27th September, to encourage individuals to do their bit for their communities in a safe and socially-distanced way, and Coca-Cola will once again be a supporting partner.
Litter-picking is arguably more important than ever right now, with fears of a littering epidemic as normal life continues to slowly resume.
Aman Uppal, One Stop Mount Nod, Coventry said “It was a real shame that the Spring Clean was cancelled earlier this year, as it brings a real sense of community pride as well as having a positive impact on the local environment. Sadly we have seen litter increase in our area in the last few weeks and only recently local councilors have launched an anti-littering campaign to help tackle this. I will be happy to publicise the September Clean in my store and make some of my litter-picking equipment available to my customers to borrow if they would like to take part in safe, small scale litter picks of their own.’
Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability at Coca-Cola European Partners said “There is a real opportunity for local retailers to play a leading role in the national effort to recover more sustainably, tapping into the public’s increased awareness of sustainability to cement their position as a force for good in their communities. Independent stores enjoy unique relationships with their shoppers and are well placed to engage people in local environmental issues and encourage positive behaviour in their community, such as litter-picking or the recycling of packaging.”
Whilst large community clean ups are not encouraged at this time, there are ways in which our retailer partners can raise awareness and mobilise their shoppers to get involved in a socially-distanced way. Litter-picks can be just as effective alone or in pairs and for those taking part in groups, this should involve a maximum of six people if from different households.
Great British September Clean Store Poster
If you are keen to raise aware of the September Clean, see below a link to a downloadable Great British September Clean poster that be put up in your store to encourage your shoppers to get involved.
Keep Britain Tidy Website For Guidance
Understandably, people will have questions about health and safety. There’s lots of information on the Keep Britain Tidy website, from how to carry out a safe clean-up and how to keep any equipment sanitised, to the safest times to arrange a clean-up in busy spots like parks and playgrounds and how to arrange collection with the local council. You can visit the website here: https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean
July 30th, 2020
COCA-COLA HAS LAUNCHED A NEW CAMPAIGN –
‘OPEN LIKE NEVER BEFORE’
- Coca-Cola has partnered with George “The Poet” Mpanga – London spoken word performer – to launch the brand’s first major campaign since pausing its commercial advertising in Great Britain in April
- The campaign, featuring a manifesto poem written by George The Poet, marks a time of social and cultural change and encourages people to be open like never before
- The multi-million-pound, integrated campaign will run in Great Britain and across wider European markets from 1st August 2020
- The campaign features the innovative Ad Generator platform where small business in the hospitality sector can receive free adverts and paid media support to help them get back on their feet following the pandemic
July 17th, 2020
COCA-COLA PLEDGES £165K FOR GREAT BRITISH PUB AWARD HERO WINNERS
This year the Great British Pub Awards, hosted by the Morning Advertiser, will celebrate the pub heroes that have gone above and beyond to support their communities during lockdown. Suppliers from across the industry, including ourselves, are coming together to recognise these efforts.
£165,000 Coca-Cola Community Pub Fund
To make this year’s awards even more special, we have created a Community Pub Fund of £165,000 to be shared between this year’s 15 Great British Pub Awards (GBPA) Pub Hero winners as a thank you for supporting communities during the coronavirus pandemic and to give businesses a boost and help the hospitality sector gets back to its best.
Each winner will be offered the opportunity to submit an application for up to £10,000 each to fund a business improvement or upgrade or to put towards a community project*. The prize is funded as part of the 120 million dollars that the global Coca-Cola system donated to Covid-19 relief efforts in affected communities. Additionally, we will fund a further £1,000 donation to a local charity or good cause supported by each of the winning pubs*.
Don’t delay – deadline for entries is 24th July 2020
For more details about the awards and how to enter visit Great British Pub Awards Coca Cola Campaign 2020 by the deadline of 24th July 2020. Shortlisted finalists will be revealed in August and winners revealed on the 24th September at an online streamed event.
*Coca-Cola Community Pub Fund application T&Cs and charity donation / good cause T&Cs will be shared with each of the winners following the announcement on 24th September
July 3rd, 2020
A THANK YOU TO OUR COLLEAGUES, CUSTOMERS & COMMUNITIES
Leendert Den Hollander – Vice President & General Manager at Coca-Cola European Partners
As I reflect over the last few months, it’s true times have been testing. And as we head into this “new normal” there may be more challenges ahead. But we’ve also seen people come together in some truly great ways. For this, I want to share my thanks with everyone. The dedication of our people at Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), the united front shown by communities and the collaboration across our industry as a whole has been incredibly inspiring.
At the start of the pandemic, we joined more than 200 businesses in signing the C-19 Business Pledge, where we committed to harness the power of business as a force for good during this difficult time. Working together is the most powerful tool we have, and the food and drink industry has demonstrated how quickly and efficiently we can all pull together.
I am very grateful and proud of the great teamwork and commitment of everybody in our business during the crisis. You can read more on how we’re supporting local charities and our communities, helping our hospitality customers and our priorities in the retail sector by clicking the button below.
As we are moving into a sustainable recovery, our focus continues on the wellbeing and safety of our people, our customers and our local communities. We’re also standing alongside other major players in the industry through our industry federations, and continue to have a constant dialogue with Government.
No doubt there will be new hurdles to overcome in the months ahead but we will find ways to tackle these working together. I am thankful and proud to work in our industry.
July 1st, 2020
SOCIAL MEDIA PAUSE
Alongside our partners The Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola European Partners will pause paid and organic posts on all our social media platforms globally for at least 30 days, effective from 1st July.
June 12th, 2020
HOW WE HAVE SUPPORTED OUR COMMUNITIES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of both our people and our communities has been paramount at this time and we’ve been even more committed than ever to ensuring that we are fulfilling our role as a force for good, by:
- Providing help and support to the vulnerable
- Staying by the side of our charity partners
- Empowering employees to make a difference
- Coming together to support key workers
- Helping amplify important messages
- Supporting our customers
May 11th, 2020
NEW RANGE OF COCA-COLA PRICE-MARKED PACKS
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has reduced the recommended price points for its range of price-marked packs (PMPs) across its colas portfolio.
1.75l bottles of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar – including the popular cherry and vanilla-flavoured variants – and Diet Coke are now available in a £1.75 PMP, and 1.5l bottles of Coca-Cola Original Taste and Coca-Cola Cherry are now available in a £1.95 PMP, enabling retailers to take advantage of the growing trend towards consumption within the home.
Sales of larger pack formats have increased in recent weeks , as shoppers want volume and good value for money, when buying drinks to enjoy at home instead of on-the-go.
April 28th, 2020
NRFN HARDSHIP FUND HITS £200K MARK
And having opened on 6 April, the fund has already awarded grants totalling £20,000 to cash strapped members.
Among FMCG companies to pledge support are Booker, Coca Cola European Partners GB and Japan Tobacco International.
Coke’s Vice President for Sales Rob Harris said: “The coronavirus outbreak has brought unprecedented challenges for the independent retail community. Despite many being under significant financial pressure, independent retailers are taking their role as key workers incredibly seriously, providing a lifeline for local people and once again demonstrating their importance at the heart of every community.”
April 28th, 2020
COCA-COLA SIGNATURE MIXER CO-CREATOR ALEX LAWRENCE TALKS ABOUT HIS VISION FOR LONDON’S LYANESS BAR POST-LOCKDOWN
As part of CCEP’s association with the Top 50 Cocktail Bars platform, Coca-Cola Signature Mixer Co-Creators have been sharing their recent experiences and advice to other bartenders / bar owners via a weekly support e-newsletter. Read some of Alex’s comments on the Top 50 consumer website.
April 14th, 2020
RESILIENCE, INNOVATION & COMPASSION – INDEPENDENT RETAIL RESPONSE TO COVID-19
CCEP’s Nick Brown helps shine a light on some of the convenience retailing heroes across the country on Better Retailing.com’s Coronavirus Support Hub.
“Whilst we’re all living through unprecedented times, it has been warming to read about some of the positives that have started appearing in the national news over the past couple of weeks, pulling out the human stories that give us hope.
The simple fact is that crises can bring out the best in people – and this is particularly true within the independent retail community.
I’ve been inspired and humbled by how resourceful, compassionate and resilient independent retailers have been during the coronavirus outbreak – but that’s not to say for one moment that I’ve been surprised.
Independent retailers have always played an invaluable role as community hubs – now, even more so than ever before.
With this in mind, we wanted to give the independent retail community a good news roundup of its own, as a reminder that even though times are hard, there’s so much good work to be proud of.”