Proceeds from Powerade products go to area high schools

Viking Coca-Cola has also donated a $606.45 check to Rush City High School. Pictured is Marvin Berghammer of Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and the Rush City Tigers girls basketball team. Photos supplied

Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company is directing a portion of its sales of the products Powerade and Powerade Zero back to participating area high schools under a new program called “Powerade 4 U.”

Money will be collected on all Powerade and Powerade Zero products sold throughout the Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Co. territory and then divided to high schools based on a percentage of purchased beverages.

“The program’s goal,” said Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company Cold Drink Account Manager Marvin Berghammer, “is to encourage active lifestyles through the support of school athletic programs, within the Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Co. franchise territory.”

Participating area high schools include:  Mora, North Branch, Rush City, Chisago Lakes, Ogilvie, and Pine City.

A Powerade check in the amount of $1,399.88 was recently presented to North Branch Area High School at County Market. On the left is Joe Bishman from County Market; in the middle is Marvin Berghammer, Cold Drink account manager for Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company; and on the right is Brett Carlson, activities director at the high school.

Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company, founded in 1953, is the ninth largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Headquartered in St. Cloud, Minn., the company has 11 branches throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin and bottles and distributes Coca-Cola products to more than one million people.

Viking Coca-Cola is a privately held company, owned and operated by the Faber family of St. Cloud.

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