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June 20, 2013


For Immediate Release
 
 
Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
337.235.2924 ext. 18
 
Lafayette Travel Contact:
Kelly Strenge
337.232.3737
 
 
EatLafayette™ Goes Better with Coca-Cola®
 
(Lafayette, La.) – Coca-Cola Bottling has signed on as the soft drink and beverage sponsor for the 2013EatLafayette™ campaign by Lafayette Travel. The campaign kicks off on June 17 and runs through September 2 and features 71 locally owned restaurants. They join title sponsor, The Fly Lafayette Club, and several other Lafayette businesses that are supporting the campaign.
 
Lafayette Coca-Cola Bottling Company, a division of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc., was founded in 1919. Their products are distributed under exclusive franchise agreements with The Coca-Cola Company and other beverage franchise companies in the greater Lafayette area.
 
 
They distribute over 400 refreshing beverages. Their product portfolio includes Coca-Cola®, Coke Zero®, Diet Coke® Sprite®, Fanta®, Dasani®, Powerade®, Minute Maid®, VitaminWater® and many more.
For almost 100 years, Lafayette Coca-Cola Bottling Company has proudly supported many civic and charitable organizations serving our communities and continues to do so today.
 
“We support Lafayette restaurants year-long and wanted to do something extra for the locally-owned eateries,” said Lee Tatford, division vice president of Coca Cola Lafayette. “We see this first year of sponsorship as the beginning of a growing relationship.”
 
The Lafayette distributor is providing soft drinks for the kick-off event, giveaways for promotions, a 30-foot inflatable Coca Cola bottle for the “Follow the Bottle” campaign as well as monetary support.
 
“Product support is part of what we are providing to the restaurants for campaign specials as well as the beverage foundation for some amazing creations that the local restaurants have planned,” said Tatford. “Our team is ready to support the 71 restaurants that signed up this year and work with Lafayette Travel to promote Lafayette as a food destination.”
 
In January 1933, Lafayette Coca-Cola was located on the corner of Johnson and Jefferson Street (formerly known as Oak Street) where Coca-Cola products for the area were warehoused. The facility was leased for $20 a month. The product was transported from the Lake Charles and Jennings production plants. In 1936, they relocated to the corner of University and Cameron Street until moving to the current facility on Eraste Landry Road in the early 1970s.
 
Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company serves as the main office for the Gulf Coast Region of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc., headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The Gulf Coast Region, consisting of 6 Coca-Cola Sales and Distribution Centers, currently employs 1,100 + associates serving 23 parishes in Louisiana and 14 counties in Mississippi. In Louisiana, those divisions are Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Lafayette. In Mississippi divisions include Gulfport, McComb and Hattiesburg.
 
“Lafayette Coca-Cola and our 175 employees are proud of our commitment to our consumers and customers and our continued support of many civic and charitable organizations serving our communities,” said Tatford.
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