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Swire Coca-Cola to boost sustainable practices in US

DBR Staff Writer Published 10 December 2013

Swire Coca-Cola, an American bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola products, has collaborated with Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Trout Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy, in a move to mitigate environmental challenges in Draper, Utah and Eastern Idaho communities.

Swire Coca-Cola

As part of the three restoration projects, the company has removed a fish migration barrier and upgraded an irrigation system for a local rancher in Utah; and the second project in Draper will ensure safe passage for Bonneville Cutthroat Trout and restore several miles of river and riparian habitat, providing stream flows during a critical time of the year.

Meanwhile, the third project in Idaho will balance the amount of water used in the Fruitland plant with an equal amount of water flowing through the newly restored Jesse Creek channel.

Swire Coca-Cola president and CEO Jack Pelo said, "We are pleased to announce the progress we have made to protect the environment, and give back to nature the amount of water we use in our operations. It truly is amazing what we can accomplish when we work together."

In addition, Swire Coca-Cola's headquarters and distribution center in Draper has received the Silver LEED certification for its efforts to implement sustainable business practices.

LEED certification is an official recognition that a project complies with the requirements prescribed within the LEED rating systems as created and maintained by the U.S. Green Building Council, claims the US Green Building Council.

Image: Swire Coca-Cola bottles and distributes Coca-Cola products. Photo courtesy of tiverylucky / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.