Athens, Greece – January 28, 2004 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (“Coca‑Cola HBC”, “CCHBC”) announced today the completion of its acquisition of the Croatian mineral water Company Gotalka d.o.o.

The transaction is part of Coca‑Cola CCHBC’s joint acquisition strategy with The Coca‑Cola Company.

The acquisition involves a production facility at Budinšćina and the company’s mineral water brand Bistra.

Doros Constantinou, Managing Director of CCHBC, commented: “The Bistra brand has significant potential and will enable our business in Croatia to expand into the promising water segment there. It is a small acquisition with no material impact on the group’s financial results, and is very much in line with our strategy to broaden the selection of non-alcoholic beverages that we offer to our consumers.”

Coca‑Cola HBC is one of the world's largest bottlers of products of The Coca‑Cola Company and has operations in 26 countries serving a population of more than 500 million people. CCHBC shares are listed on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE:EEEK), with secondary listings on the London (LSE:CCB) and Australian (ASX:CHB) Stock Exchanges. CCHBC’s American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:CCH).

 

ENQUIRIES:

Company Contacts:

Coca‑Cola HBC

Melina Androutsopoulou

Director of Investor Relations

 

 

Tel: +30 210 618 3229

e-mail: melina.androutsopoulou@cchbc.com

Coca‑Cola HBC

Thalia Chantziara

Investor Relations Analyst

 

Tel: +30 210 618 3124

e-mail: thalia.chantziara@cchbc.com

European Press Contact:

Alastair Hetherington

FD Athens

Tel: ++30 210 725 8194

Mobile: +30 694 775 2284

e-mail: alastair.hetherington@fd.com

U.S. Press Contact:

Brian Maddox

FD Morgen-Walke

 

Tel: +1 212 850 5600

e-mail: bmaddox@fdmw.com

Coca‑Cola HBC’s website is located at www.coca-colahbc.com.