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The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England, a franchise of its parent company, is leading the way in sustainable practices for a large-scale manufacturing and distribution facility. Based in Londonderry, New Hampshire, CCNNE is proud of their sustainable efforts to reduce their carbon footprint in the creation and delivery of their products.
In an industry that has been around for over 100 years, and as a company of 40 plus years, CCNNE wants to stay relevant long into the future. It is one of the many reasons CCNNE takes their sustainability initiatives seriously, with long-term focused projects such as switching from wooden pallets to reusable plastic pallets.
"It's more of an investment up front, but it pays us back over time and we’re using a lot less of a resource like that," says Mike Elmer, Coca-Cola of Northern New England's Director of Capabilities.
6.5 million pounds of CCNNE's recycled PET bottles are used to make fleece jackets by The North Face and Patagonia. The Londonderry plant boasts a 93% recycling diversion rate and in 2013 sold over 12 million pounds of recycled commodities, working closely with Hampton, New Hampshire's Foss Manufacturing to process its recycled bottles and turn it into usable material. Its unique Energy Management Systems installed in the company's coolers and used in stores and restaurants reduces clients' energy use by 35 percent.
The company also invests in the community, such as sponsoring a full recycling station at the Special Olympics and spreading awareness about the impact recycling has both locally and globally.
"The education part just kind of grew on itself," says Ray Dube, CCNNE's Sustainability Manager. "We started out with this small little presentation and it sort of grew into this big thing because people are so fascinated by it and they started asking questions." In 2013 alone, Dube brought his presentation to 80 different conferences, middle schools, high schools and college campus events totaling over 100 days.
CCNNE sells and distributes in seven Northeast states and employs 1,000 workers. Dube and Elmer work every day to spread the message of corportate sustainability, and as their message grows, so will their business.
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