Athens, Greece – 12 December 2005 - Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC, CCHBC) announced today that it is considering making a public offer, directly or through one of its affiliated entities, for the acquisition of up to 100% of the share capital of Lanitis Bros Public Limited.

Lanitis Bros Public Limited is engaged in the production, distribution and sales of commercial beverages and holds the franchise for products of The Coca‑Cola Company in Cyprus. Lanitis Bros Public Limited also has a range of fruit juices, dairy products and other beverages. The company was founded by the Lanitis family in 1943 and has been listed on the Cyprus Stock Exchange since October 2001.

Coca‑Cola HBC said that it expects to make a further announcement concerning this matter no later than Thursday, 15 December 2005.

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).


Company Contacts:

Coca‑Cola HBC – Investor Relations

Melina Androutsopoulou


Tel: +30 210 618 3100


European Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics Athens

Alastair Hetherington

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Mobile: (+30) 694 775 2284


US Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics US

Jim Olecki


Tel: +1 212 850 5600


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