PepsiCo and Minges Bottling Group host “Community Luncheon”

Sabrina Bengel, New Bern’s Alderman and “Pepsi Lady” of the Birthplace of Pepsi Cola kicked off the “New Bern Community Luncheon” hosted by PepsiCo and Minges Bottling Company.

Jeff Minges was proud to share the history of Pepsi when he spoke about his grandfather, who he considered the “most optimistic man on Earth”. In 1935, M.O. Minges bought the 13 county Franchise for $1,300 in Greenville, NC. He believed in the American Dream, as that was considered a lot of money during the Great Depression in a time of despair.

Who would have known that Pepsi Cola would have expanded to 200 countries across the world? It’s obvious that Caleb Bradham, New Bern pharmacist and inventor was a true entrepreneur who believed in his product!

Today, we had the pleasure of learning more about PepsiCo and Minges Bottling Company as they hosted a special luncheon at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

Before we get into details, I want to thank the Chelsea Restaurant and Convention Center staff for serving a wonderful lunch. I don’t know how they did it as they must have served at least 500 people!

I knew PepsiCo was hosting their annual meeting in New Bern, besides that, I didn’t have any idea that I would learn so much about their company.

Did you know their portfolio extends to: Mountain Dew, Brisk Iced Tea, Starbucks drinks, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sobe, Tazo, Ocean Spray, Sierra Mist, New East, Lays, Quaker brands, to name some, and they are constantly expanding their products.

Their “Performance with a Purpose” campaign focuses on Environmental Sustainability, Human Sustainability, and Talent Sustainability. They are working hard to decrease their carbon footprint and provide healthy product choices.

PepsiCo’s current initiative focuses on “Live for Now” – a message through music, sports, and social media.

They believe in building brands at the local level. We enjoyed watching commercial flashbacks from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, up until current times.

I’m happy to hear that PepsiCo will come back to New Bern for their annual conferences. Although I don’t drink pop, I’m looking forward to enjoying their products!

Mayor Lee Bettis was proud to present the “Key to the City of New Bern” to PepsiCo.

Special thanks to PepsiCo, Minges Bottling Company, Birthplace of Pepsi Cola, New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, The Chelsea Restaurant, and everyone who contributed to this special event!

For more information, please visit PepsiCo’s website!

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