Athens, Greece – October 14, 2003 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC, CCHBC), announced today that it is in discussions to acquire Tsakiris S.A., the second biggest brand in the Greek potato chip market with annual revenues of approximately €6 million and market share of around 10%. Tsakiris is a Greece-based subsidiary of ASE-listed Plias S.A.

The acquisition is subject to normal due diligence, CCHBC Board approval, and completion of closing documentation.

Doros Constantinou, Managing Director of CCHBC, commented:

“This transaction brings CCHBC a well-known Greek brand with significant potential. We will be able to leverage our unique domestic scale and infrastructure to develop the strong heritage of this brand. While we remain focused on our core strategy, Tsakiris complements well our diverse non-alcoholic beverage portfolio in Greece.”

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).


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Coca‑Cola HBC

Melina Androutsopoulou

Investor Relations Director



Tel: (+30) 210 618 3229


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Thalia Chantziara

Investor Relations Analyst


Tel: (+30) 210 618 3124


European Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics Athens

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U.S. Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics

Brian Maddox



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