We have an inspiring heritage and an exciting future – from the creation of Coca‑Cola in 1886 to being recognised as an industry leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices today.
1886-1899: How it all started
- 1886: Doctor and pharmacist John Smith Pemberton creates Coca‑Cola in Atlanta (USA). He develops a delicious blend: Coca‑Cola is born.
- 1888: Pemberton sells his unique recipe and all rights to his secret formula for only 2,300 dollars to the businessman Asa Griggs Candler from Atlanta.
- 1892: Four years later, Candler founds The Coca‑Cola Company and sets a milestone for one of the most successful stories in the (beverage) world.
- 1895: Coca‑Cola is sold and consumed in every state in the US.
- 1899: The Coca‑Cola Company franchises its beverages to independent companies for the first time. With this step, the licensing system is established.
We´ve been here in Austria since 1929
- 1929: Heinrich Ganahl from Bludenz signs the first bottling and distribution agreement with The Coca‑Cola Company and produces the first 24,000 bottles.
- End of the 1930´s: Coca‑Cola GmbH is founded in Vienna
- 1948: Römerquelle water is bottled for the first time ever
1951 – 1969: the beginnings of Coca‑Cola HBC
- 1951: Coca‑Cola HBC originates in Nigeria, where A.G. Leventis founded the Nigerian Bottling Company.
- 1953: The Paul König OHG in Lambach restarts production. During the first year 64,344 bottles are sold. Until 1965 another eleven Coca‑Cola franchises are established.
- 1955: The Gesellschaft für alkoholfreie Getränke (Society for non-alcoholic beverages) starts operations at Wienerberg in the district of Favoriten in Vienna on February 1st. Its first bottling plant is established in 1956.
- 1965: The Römerquelle GmbH is founded – the mineral water is marketed across Austria for the first time.
- 1969: Hellenic Bottling Company SA is founded in Greece.
1981 – 1998: Reorganisation of the Coca‑Cola system
- 1981: Nigerian Bottling Company takes over the Hellenic Bottling Company
- 1982: The Australian company Amatil Ltd. takes over the Wienerberg Getränke GesmbH and the Grazer Getina.
- 1991: Hellenic Bottling Company SA shares are listed on the Athens Stock Exchange.
- 1996: Coca‑Cola Amatil is the only Coca‑Cola concessionaire in Austria.
- 1998: Coca‑Cola Beverages takes over all European business from Coca‑Cola Amatil.
2000: Coca‑Cola HBC is founded
- 2000: The Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. merges with Coca‑Cola Beverages, which is noted on the London Stock Exchange and operating in twelve countries.
- 2003: Römerquelle becomes a brand of Coca‑Cola Hellenic Austria.
- 2007: The PET to PET Recycling Plant in Müllendorf is founded.
2008 – 2017: Our route to sustainability
- 2008: Coca‑Cola HBC is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the first time.
- 2012: Coca‑Cola HBC is ranked among the three most sustainable food and beverage companies according to the FTSE Group, based on environmental, social and governance criteria.
- 2013: Premium listing at the London Stock Exchange (FTSE100)
- On May 2nd, 2013, Coca‑Cola HBC Austria inaugurates a state-of-the-art bottling and logistics centre in Edelstal, where all soft drinks are bottled and distributed all over Austria with immediate effect.
- 2017: For the fourth consecutive year, Coca‑Cola HBC is leader in the beverage sector in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).
Coca‑Cola HBC Austria today
- Coca‑Cola HBC Austria creates a value of around €774 million for the Austrian economy.
- Coca‑Cola HBC Austria employs around 1,000 people and indirectly secures 11,900 jobs nationwide along the entire value chain.