Athens, Greece - 13 December 2005 - Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC, CCHBC) announced today that it has reached a mutual decision with the majority shareholder of Fresh & Co, a juice company in Serbia & Montenegro, to discontinue CCHBC’s and The Coca‑Cola Company’s negotiations to acquire Fresh & Co for the time being.

The decision follows a re-financing arrangement by Fresh & Co with financial institutions.

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 approximately 540 million people. CCHBC shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: 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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Company Contacts:

Coca‑Cola HBC – Investor Relations

Melina Androutsopoulou

George Toulantas

 

 

Tel: +30 210 618 3100

e-mail: investor.relations@cchbc.com

European Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics Athens

Alastair Hetherington

Tel: (+30) 210 725 8194

Mobile: (+30) 694 775 2284

e-mail: alastair.hetherington@fd.com

US Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics US

Jim Olecki

 

Tel: +1 212 850 5600

e-mail: jolecki@fd-us.com

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