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Governor Crist Celebrates Opening of Cott Corporation's 'Green' Headquarters


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FEBRUARY 15, 2008

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Governor Crist Celebrates Opening of
Cott Corporation's 'Green' Headquarters

~Bottling company's new headquarters invests in green materials, technologies~

TAMPA - Governor Charlie Crist today continued this week's environmental focus for the administration. He joined Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, Cott Chief Executive Officer Brent Willis and local leaders to celebrate the grand opening of Cott Corporation's new 60,000 square foot "green" U.S. corporate headquarters. One of the largest nonalcoholic beverage companies in the world, Cott is locating its corporate headquarters in Tampa, which will bring 100 jobs to the community.

"Through its leadership, Cott Corporation is serving as a model for businesses around the state," said Governor Crist. "They are driving Florida's economy with innovative business development and excellent products while preserving our natural resources by implementing green initiatives."

Cott Corporation's headquarters in Tampa incorporates a number of "green" products and practices. The company worked with vendors offering products that reduce environmental impacts without compromising design, performance or affordability. Products were purchased that included natural fiber or recycled content and conserve energy. At the corporate headquarters alone, Cott has purchased energy-efficient lighting, PVC free and chlorine free carpet as well as chairs made from 30 percent post-consumer content.

"In our endeavors to develop a new world-class corporate headquarters, the decision was made to implement as many 'green' products and practices as possible," said Cott CEO Willis. "Special attention was paid to the selection of products and building materials to ensure reduced environmental impact."

For more than 80 years, Cott has provided innovative, high-quality beverages to consumers worldwide. Today, Cott is the fourth-largest nonalcoholic beverage company in the world and sells product in more than 60 countries, with its principal markets being the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico. Its products include carbonated soft drinks, sparkling and flavored waters, energy drinks, sports drinks, juices, juice drinks and smoothies, ready-to-drink teas, and other non-carbonated beverages.

Later this evening, Governor Crist will address the Everglades Foundation. The Governor will discuss his recommended budget allocation of $200 million for restoration of the South Florida ecosystem, including funding for America's Everglades and Lake Okeechobee as well as the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and estuaries.

Earlier this week Governor Crist met with congressional leaders in Washington, D.C., to discuss federal funding for authorized Everglades restoration projects. Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael W. Sole also met with representatives from both Georgia and Alabama to continue discussions for a new drought protocol for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. This week's meetings were the third since January.

For more information about Governor Crist's leadership on energy conservation, renewable energy and addressing global climate change, visit MyFloridaClimate.com.

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