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Sponsorship of The Diversity Forum Amplifies


Oct 06, 2009 CHARLOTTE, NC, October 6, 2009 – The Diversity Forum is honored to announce that it obtained two new sponsors in September – Premier Healthcare Alliance and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. These sponsors have joined the collection of other companies that have put their dedication to diversity and inclusion at the forefront.

Diane Montgomery Ellis, Director of Talent Acquisition at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, had the following to say regarding their recent display of support: “People are the key ingredient to our success. Coke has long adopted the practice of valuing differences in people that share in our company's set of core values. Said differently, we support an inclusive environment where all people are invited and encouraged to move our company, and our community, forward. We are excited about the opportunity to align with an organization that will advance this notion throughout the area. We look forward to supporting and learning from our partnership with The Diversity Forum.”

“The Premier Healthcare Alliance is delighted to join with other cutting-edge Charlotte organizations who are leading the charge to advance diversity and inclusion as a way of doing business and a way of life.” said Debra White, Chief Diversity Officer & VP of Employee Relations. “I am confident that The Diversity Forum will be a significant force in our combined community effort to promote a winning and inclusive culture.”

The Diversity Forum is also sponsored by Ogletree Deakins, Bankston Partners, Integra Staffing, Zirez Design, and Eastonweb Multimedia. Additional sponsorships by corporations who would like to raise awareness and evoke change in the area of diversity and inclusion are continually sought. Sponsorship levels range from event-specific (one-time) to annual commitments. Please visit www.TheDiversityForum.org to learn more.

About Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidate Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC) produces, markets and distributes carbonated and noncarbonated beverages, primarily products of The Coca-Cola Company, which include some of the most recognized and popular beverage brands in the world. CCBCC is currently the second largest Coca-Cola products in the United States, operating primarily in the southeast. The Company also distributes several other beverage brands. The Company’s product offerings include carbonated soft drinks, bottled water, teas, juices, isotonics and energy drinks. We hold bottling rights from The Coca-Cola Company and other beverage companies covering the majority of North Carolina and portions of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated is listed on the NASDAQ national market system under the symbol COKE.

About Premier Healthcare Alliance The Premier healthcare alliance is more than 2,200 U.S. hospitals and 63,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to improve healthcare quality and affordability. Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance.

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