Athens, Greece – May 2, 2003 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (CCHBC) (ASE: EEEK, NYSE:CCH, LSE:CCB, ASX:CHB) announced today its intention to acquire jointly with The Coca‑Cola Company, 100% of the shares of Multivita sp.z o.o., the Polish mineral water company owned by Maspex sp.z o.o..

The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approval from the Polish state authorities, involves a production facility at Tylicz and the mineral water brand Multivita.

Irial Finan, Managing Director of CCHBC, commented, “This acquisition is a significant further commitment to our operations in Poland. Multivita has great potential for continued growth in the rapidly expanding bottled water market. The purchase of this brand complements the strategy of the Coca‑Cola system of selectively broadening its beverage brands to satisfy consumers”.

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. The company employs more than 35,000 people and is listed on the stock exchanges of Athens, London, Sydney and New York.



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