Athens, Greece – 19 December 2008 - Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola Hellenic) announced today that one production plant of its subsidiary Nigerian Bottling Company plc in Benin City, Nigeria, has been substantially damaged after a fire broke out yesterday. There were no injuries or casualties resulting from the incident.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic is working closely with its insurers to assess the full extent of the damage sustained to the plant. While the incident is being investigated, Nigerian Bottling Company is coordinating contingency plans to continue supplying customers and serving consumers in the Benin region.
Nigerian Bottling Company operates 13 production plants across Nigeria, supplying more than 200,000 customer outlets. Nigerian Bottling Company has been operating in Nigeria since 1951 and is one of the largest employers in Nigeria.
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Coca‑Cola Hellenic is one of the world's largest bottlers of products of The Coca‑Cola Company with sales of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has broad geographic reach with operations in 28 countries serving a population of approximately 550 million people. Coca‑Cola Hellenic offers a diverse range of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca‑Cola Hellenic is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting our business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of our local communities.
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