Maroussi, Greece 29 July 2008 – Following recent media reports, Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (“Coca‑Cola Hellenic”) confirms that it is in discussions regarding the possible acquisition of Socib S.p.A., the second largest Coca‑Cola franchise bottler in Italy.

Coca‑Cola Hellenic will provide further information about the potential transaction at the appropriate time.

About Coca‑Cola Hellenic 

Coca‑Cola Hellenic is one of the world's largest bottlers of products of The Coca‑Cola Company and has operations in 28 countries serving a population of 550 million people. Coca‑Cola Hellenic‘s shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEEK), with secondary listings on the London (LSE: CCB) and Australian (ASX: CHB) Stock Exchanges. Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CCH).

Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s website is located at

About Socib S.p.A. 

Socib was founded in Reggio Calabria in 1962 as a Coca‑Cola franchise bottler in southern Italy. In 1974, the Capua family acquired the company and in the 1990’s extended its franchise coverage further in mainland southern Italy as well as Sardinia. Today, Socib covers a territory comprising five regions (Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria and Sardinia). Socib is headquartered in Marcianise (near Naples) and operates four plants comprising eleven production lines.


Company contacts:

Coca‑Cola Hellenic

George Toulantas

Deputy Investor Relations Director



Tel: +30 210 618 3255

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Financial Dynamics London

Greg Quine


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US press contact:

Financial Dynamics US

David Roady


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