Blog : Coca Cola of Northern New England Teams Up With Local, Sustainable Restaurants

By Katie | Dec 4, 2014 | in

When the Green Alliance signed on Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE) as a Business Partner this past summer, we weren't sure what to expect. It would be a hard sell, we figured, to convince our other 100 green businesses and 4,000 individual members that CCNNE fit the part. From our first meeting with them, we were sold. The company's sustainable efforts are tremendous. In-depth sustainability analysis of their own business has allowed CCNNE to determine different ways they can become more sustainable, while helping their communities do the same. For example, they boast a 93% recycling diversion rate and work closely with Hampton's Foss Manufacturing to process its recycled bottles and turn it into usable material.

Through December 31, CCNNE is teaming up with fellow Green Alliance Businesses, 900 Degrees and UNH Dairy Bar to urge folks to choose small, eco-friendly businesses. At both the Manchester and Epping location of 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, as well as Durham's UNH Dairy Bar, CCNNE will give free Honest Tea to each Green Alliance member who visits these restaurants and shows their GA membership card. That means, in addition to receiving 10% off all items, just by showing a their card, each visitor will receive a complimentary Honest Tea to take with them after the meal. 

900 Degrees brings the epitome of comfort to the table. Using a wood-fired oven, 900 Degrees perfects the balance of traditional Italian with a modern twist. Their wood-fired pizzas are made with the freshest, local ingredients and encompass the delicious flavors the embers emit. Green Alliance Members receive 10% off all food and drinks and both restaurant locations (Manchester and Epping).

UNH Dairy Bar, located on UNH's campus, is as local as it gets. The favorite dining spot amongst locals and students sources its chicken from Legacy Farms in Barrington; receive their cage and hormone-free eggs from Pete and Gerry's in Monroe; brew Fair Trade and organic coffee from NH Coffee Roasters in Dover; serve organic granola from Grandy Oats in Brownfield, Maine and organic, natural yogurt from Stoneyfield Farms in Londonderry. And, last but not least, scoop and serve their famous ice cream comes from Gifford's in Maine. Now, the Dairy Bar can add serving Honest Tea products to their most sustainable customers (i.e. Green Alliance Members) to their resume. 

Honest Tea's name says it all, (but in case you don't believe that, we'll explain). Honest Tea is made with all-natural tea leaves, all are freshly brewed and barely sweetened. In their original business plan, from 1999, they state, "Somewhere between the pumped-up, sugar-saturated drinks and the tasteless waters, there is a need for a healthier beverage which provides genuine natural taste without the artificially concocted sweeteners and preservatives designed to compensate for lack of taste." When Coca-Cola bought out Honest Tea in 2008, they maintained the core values of what made Honest Tea so appealing to health-conscious consumers. Coca-Cola has not changed the product nor recipe, but rather just made the organic product more readily available geographically.

CCNNE operates out of New Hampshire, and serves dozens of communities across the state as well as in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts. Despite the big name of their parent company, Coca-Cola, CCNNE is a local business in every way. They urge individuals to support local initiatives, including eating local this holiday season. 

To receive your free Honest Tea after you visit 900 Degrees or UNH Dairy Bar through December 31, join the Green Alliance today!