- Employees in 40+ global locations give time, food and money during third annual "Nourishing Neighbors" week-long initiative
- More than 1,040 employees took paid time off to volunteer during the week
- $100,000 in employee and company monetary donations
- More than 84,000 pounds of food collected at company locations
VICTOR, N.Y., Nov. 11, 2016 - Constellation Brands employees led the company's third annual Nourishing Neighbors initiative, which fights hunger in the communities they call home. The coordinated effort ran from October 24 - 28, and offered employees three ways to participate - by donating time, food or money.
"I'm proud of our employees for taking a hands-on approach to fighting hunger," said Rob Sands, president and chief executive officer, Constellation Brands. "While this is a global initiative that unites our company behind a common cause, employees are able to make a difference on a local level and can see the positive impact they have on their neighbors and community."
During the week, more than 1,040 employees in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and New Zealand took paid time off to volunteer at local food banks. This was an increase in volunteer participation by 42% from 2015. In addition, company and employee monetary donations totaled $100,000, also an increase of 42% from 2015, and more than 84,000 pounds of food was collected at company locations and distributed to local food banks.
"I always appreciate the compassion and enthusiasm shown by my colleagues," said Maria Olivarez, administrative assistant, San Antonio. "It makes me happy to hear of their positive experiences volunteering, especially my colleagues who participated for the first time this year and said they'd be doing it again."
To ensure the Nourishing Neighbors initiative best meets the specific needs of each community, Constellation partnered with organizations like Blessings in a Backpack, a non-profit organization that provides food on weekends for children who might otherwise go hungry, and Foodlink, a regional food hub that serves 10 counties in western New York.
"Constellation's enthusiastic group of volunteers put in a lot of hours and made a significant impact on the people we serve," said Julia Tedesco, executive director, Foodlink. "We're grateful for this ongoing partnership with Nourishing Neighbors and thankful that Constellation Brands has chosen Foodlink as an ideal way to give back to our community."
In addition to Nourishing Neighbors, Constellation employees give back in a number of other ways during the year through global, company-wide programs like the Employee Match Program, which has donated a total of more than $2 million since 2011, as well as through numerous regional and local charitable and volunteer efforts.
About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B) is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. Constellation is a Fortune 500® company and one of the top performing stocks in the S&P 500 Consumer Staples Index. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company's beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. In addition, Constellation is the world's leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and Jackson-Triggs. The company's premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka and Casa Noble Tequila.
Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, sales in approximately 100 countries, about 40 facilities and approximately 9,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.
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