Illinois Beverage Association Members Host Elected Officials For Facility Tours
Elected Officials Learn More About the Beverage Industry’s Economic Impact
ILLINOIS — Illinois Beverage Association members hosted a series of tours for local and state officials at bottling plants and distribution facilities in their districts to highlight the direct and indirect jobs created by the beverage industry in each district.
Heartland Coca-Cola was pleased to host State Representative Avery Bourne. Keurig Dr. Pepper was proud to host Congressman Danny Davis at their North Lake facility as well as House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and State Representative Deanne Mazzochi on a second tour. These tours focused primarily on product manufacturing and job creation.
All the tours consisted of a walkthrough of business operations and aimed to educate and inspire elected officials about the impact the non-alcoholic beverage industry has on the state’s economy and communities throughout the state.
There are more than 50 beverage facilities in the state of Illinois. These facilities provide over 13,000 good-paying jobs, paying nearly $3 billion tax dollars to the state and federal government and making generous charitable contributions to organizations across the state. In Illinois, more than 46,298 employees in restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters and more depend, in part, on beverage sales for their livelihoods. Additionally, 47,296 employees, whose companies supply ingredients and materials to the beverage industry, depend partly on beverage sales for their paychecks.
“The non-alcoholic beverage industry in Illinois has provided stability in employment and incomes for many families in our state,” said Brad Troutman, Area President of Keurig Dr. Pepper. “It is important for us to continue providing jobs in our communities and build relationships with our elected officials, so they understand how valuable our work really is.”
Illinois’ beverage companies manufacture and distribute some of the most popular non-alcoholic beverages in the world. From products in neighborhood store to support of local community initiatives, IBA’s member presence is felt in every community across the state.