Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Honored as 2020 Class IV Minority Business Supplier of the Year

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TAMPA, Florida–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida) has been named a Class IV Supplier of the Year by the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council. Coke Florida received the award at the recent 45and Annual awards gala held virtually. The Class IV Award recognizes the Certified Minority Business (MBE) Supplier of the Year that achieves annual sales of over $50 million and has demonstrated strong business performance, strong community involvement and a commitment to supporting and develop supplier diversity.

Troy Taylor, President and CEO of Coke Florida, said, “I want to thank the Council for this wonderful award and for their tireless pursuit of opportunities for minority-owned businesses. I also want to thank The Walt Disney Company for nominating Coke Florida for this special award. We are delighted and honored to receive this award after only our fifth year in business as an independent Coca-Cola bottler. It is truly an acknowledgment of our strong business achievements, the support we give and receive from the communities in which we operate, and our unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion across our business. As a black-owned business, we are keenly aware of the critical need for diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our business, especially in today’s time. True social and economic diversity, inclusion, and equity make our communities, cities, states, and nation better for all.

Coke Florida is now eligible for regional and national awards to be presented by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) at its 2021 virtual conference.

About Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC:

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida) is an independent, family-owned bottler of Coca-Cola. Coke Florida’s exclusive territory covers more than 20 million consumers in 47 Florida counties and includes the major metropolitan markets of Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa. Coke Florida manufactures, sells and distributes more than 600 products from The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies. Coke Florida is the third-largest private bottler and sixth-largest independent of Coca-Cola products in the United States. The company is also one of America’s largest black-owned businesses. Coke Florida was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

About FSMSDC

FSMSDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing access and growth for minority businesses in Florida. The organization’s goal is to increase purchases from minority businesses by government entities and corporations, while increasing the operational capacity of MBEs through hands-on business assistance, training, and access to technology and capital resources. FSMSDC was founded in 1975 and is one of 23 regional councils affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The Council acts as a liaison between American businesses and minority business enterprises in the State of Florida.

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