Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. to be Exclusive Beverage Provider of Mississippi Aquarium

For Immediate Release: August 11, 2020

GULFPORT, Miss. - Mississippi Aquarium is proud to announcethat Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc. is the exclusive provider ofnon-alcoholic beverages for the Aquarium opening on August 29, 2020.

Coca-Cola will provide carbonated and non-carbonatedbeverages, juices, water and energy drinks in the cafe as well as all vendingmachines, catering and special functions. Coca-Cola will also provide multiple recyclingcontainers throughout the campus, which will allow guests to participate inboth organizations’ vision to reduce litter and encourage recycling.

Gulfport Coca-Cola, along with its parent company Coca-ColaBottling Company UNITED, has been active in partnering with entertainmentvenues, local festivals, sports teams, organizations and institutions for morethan 118 years. “We’re proud to be a partner with Mississippi Aquarium and lookforward to the Aquarium’s opening and many years of continued partnership,”stated Rocky Weigand, Gulf States Division Director, Coca-Cola Bottling CompanyUNITED, Inc.

Kurt Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer ofMississippi Aquarium, said, "Coca-Cola UNITED has earned an outstandingreputation and has established itself as a leader in the community. We arethrilled to partner with Coca-Cola UNITED and bring their quality products toMississippi Aquarium, which will only further enhance the experience for ourguests.”

About Mississippi Aquarium

Mississippi Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, isa premier institution delivering an awe-inspiring experience that supportsanimal research and conservation. Mississippi Aquarium is committed to animalwelfare and the majesty of the gulf and beyond. The Aquarium sits on 5.8-acresand contains over 80,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits connectedby landscaped walkways with plants that represent all the physiographic regionsof Mississippi. The Aquarium is set to open on August 29, in downtown Gulfport.

About Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc.

Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc., founded in 1902 andheadquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is the second-largest privately heldCoca-Cola bottler in North America and the third largest bottler of Coca-Colaproducts in the U.S.  The Company isengaged in the production, marketing and distribution of a diverse portfolio ofleading sparkling and still non-alcoholic brands under exclusive franchiseagreements principally with The Coca-Cola Company® and Dr Pepper SnappleGroup®.  Since its inception, Coca-ColaUNITED has remained true to its foundational core values of: Quality,Excellence, Integrity and Respect. For more than 118 years, localrelationships, personalized customer service, and strong community engagementhave been the foundation of our business.

Mississippi Aquarium is a nonprofit organization. Ourmission is to be a premier institution delivering an awe-inspiring experiencewhich supports animal research and conservation; inspires learning and instillsa passion for the aquatic world.

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