The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and more than 3,800 beverage choices. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our company?s portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands, 18 of which are available in reduced-, low- or no-calorie options. Our billion-dollar brands include Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Dasani, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Del Valle, Georgia and Gold Peak. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, we are the No. 1 provider of both sparkling and still beverages. More than 1.9 billion servings of our beverages are enjoyed by consumers in more than 200 countries each day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates.
Ever since our foundation in 1919, we have remained an Austrian family-owned business, spanning four generations now. Our highly motivated team with a continuous focus on world-class quality establish the basis for our success. Not only is Rauch one of the top fruit juice producers in Europe; we are an industry leader for contract filling of premium beverages, globally.
We recently expanded geographically to better serve one of the most important markets on the planet, North America. Our state-of-the-art facility is strategically located in Glendale, Arizona. Here we have well established partnerships with key players in the supply chain, enabling a highly sustainable and efficient operation, including wall-to-wall can supply and rail access for both receiving materials and shipping product efficiently for long distances. Additionally, our operation is outfitted with some of the most advanced inspection and quality systems in the beverage industry.
In 1816 John Swire & Sons began operations in Liverpool, England as a trading company. In 1866 the company initiated a trade with China and established its first Far East office in Shanghai. From this foothold in the orient, the family eventually established headquarters in Hong Kong, where our parent company Swire Pacific Ltd. has remained to this day. Over the years Swire Pacific Ltd. has diversified its business holdings and continued to grow each industry sector at impressive rates. Swire is currently one of Hong Kong's leading publicly quoted companies with worldwide interests in aviation, property development, marine services, beverage production & distribution, engineering, cold storage, agriculture, and a variety of trading companies.
In 1965 Swire purchased the Coca-Cola bottling franchise in Hong Kong. It has since become the exclusive Coca-Cola bottler in Taiwan and in seven provinces in Mainland China. In 1978, desiring to expand its soft drink business beyond Asia, Swire purchased the franchise rights for the Coca-Cola bottler in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over the ensuing years Swire continued to purchase other surrounding franchised bottlers and distributors.
Together with all other Swire operating companies, Swire Coca-Cola, USA continues to hold fast to the traditions of integrity, commitment, hard work, and family unity that were first instilled by John Swire & Sons so many years ago. As a dedicated partner with The Coca-Cola Company, Swire Coca-Cola, USA will continue to achieve growth and success for years to come.
Mark Anthony Brewing Inc. is a division of The Mark Anthony Group of Companies, one of North America's most diversified and successful private beverage companies focused on the beverage alcohol sector.
Founded in 1972, The Mark Anthony Group of Companies grew organically to become a leading producer and distributor of fine wine, premium beer and Ready To Drink beverages. A cornerstone of the Company's success is the ability to innovate and create distinctive brands that are available across Canada and the United States.
In the United States, the Mark Anthony Group pioneered the flavored malt beverage category with the launch of Mike's Hard Lemonade in 1999. Today, Mike's has achieved iconic brand status and is the category leader.
Mark Anthony Brewing Inc. provides supply chain management for The Mark Anthony Group of Companies, and is focused on building for the long-term. The Company is a unique blend of entrepreneurial determination and drive with advanced information systems and disciplined focus on creating and making better tasting products that consumers love to discover, while constantly working to improve distribution and consumer interaction.