Athens, Greece – January 9, 2003 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (CCHBC) (ASE: EEEK, NYSE:CCH, LSE:CCB, ASX:CHB) announces the completion of the absorption of its 100% subsidiary "CRETAN BOTTLING COMPANY S.A." after the issuance of the relevant approval by the Greek Ministry of Development (no. Κ2-17191/30.12.2002).

Coca‑Cola HBC is one of the largest bottlers of non-alcoholic beverages in Europe and the second largest Coca‑Cola bottler in the world by sales volume, operating in 26 countries with a total population of more than 500 million. Coca‑Cola HBC’s shares are listed on the Athens Stock Exchange, with listings on the New York, London and Australian Stock Exchanges.




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