This Coke's for you

July 16, 2012

This past Saturday morning a group of KC Bloggers met at the Coca Cola distribution facility for a tour and presentation of the plant.  Who doesn't love Coke?  Erin and I met before hand for a coffee and had no idea that we color coordinated!
Katie was our presenter and we learned so much about our local plant.  I must admit I had no idea all the brands that were coke products.   We had a brief overview of how Coke contributes in our community and the products that are their brand.  Then a tour of the distribution center.  The production side of the plant was not available for us, but maybe they thought we were gonna steal a secret formula!?  There were rows upon rows of beverages stacked high to the ceiling with forklift drivers picking up pallets and moving them from one location to another for loading onto trucks to be delivered into the community.  The loyalty these works show for their company was phenomenal... We met a few of the employees that have been there for 21+ years, and another for 40+ years.  That is dedication. Did you know that a pallet of Diet coke weighs around 1200 lb., add sugar to Coke Classic and it weighs in at over 1400 lb., and all the sugar in a NOS Energy drink brings a pallet up to over 4800 lb.  Thats a lot of sugar! 

After the plant tour, which as informative as it was, we were rapidly melting in, we met back in the board room for lunch catered by a local BBQ establishment famous here in KC.  Jack Stack Bar-B-Que is wonderful.  When guest visit in KC, that is generally a must have meal for out of towners who love good BBQ.  
Thanks Coca Cola for a wonderful Saturday morning tour, lunch, my case of Honest Tea, and all you do for the community.
All photos by Lisa, well except the last one in which I am in! 

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