The Sweetest Mile…The most rewarding distance a person can walk

April 15, 2019

Community Link has once again joined forces with Excel Bottling Company to create a signature beverage for their Buddy Walk called Sweetest Mile.

“We can’t thank Excel enough for partnering with Community Link for a second year by bottling the Sweetest Mile. This unique soda is our signature drink and will be featured at our 13th Annual Buddy Walk. We appreciate all that Excel does to support Community Link in bringing awareness to Down syndrome and persons with disabilities. It’s a win-win!” stated Barb Nelson, interim executive director of Community Link. 

Sweetest Mile, a delicious carbonated strawberry and lemonade soda, was released last week. The name is significant not only to the taste of the drink, but to the most rewarding distance a person can walk. This sacred mile represents the challenges that people with developmental disabilities face and the obstacles that they overcome.

Sweetest Mile can be purchased at Excel Bottling Company, local convenience and grocery stores and at the Buddy Walk. A portion of the sales will be donated to Community Link.

Community Link’s 13th Annual Buddy Walk will be held on Saturday, May 4th at Northside Park in Breese. Go to for more information or to register for the walk or 5K. Call Community Link Development Director Cindy Timmermann at 526-3938 or email her at if you have any questions.

About Excel Bottling Company

Located in Breese, Excel Bottling Company was founded in 1936 by Edward and Catherine Meier. They specialize in pure cane sugar sodas and are one of the few soda bottlers in the United States that can still package in returnable bottles.

About Community Link

Community Link, a non-profit organization and proud United Way member agency, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities through a person-centered approach that promotes self-directed living choices and community integration opportunities. The mission of Community Link is to challenge, teach and inspire both participants and community, linking them in ways that enhance their lives. For more information, please visit our website at

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