Nigerian Bottling Co Ltd

Nigerian Bottling Company is one of the world’s largest bottlers of drinks from The Coca‑Cola Company. In Nigeria, we serve approximately 180 million people by producing and distributing a unique portfolio of quality brands, bringing passion to marketplace implementation and demonstrating leadership in corporate social responsibility.

We’re a partner of The Coca‑Cola Company

Nigerian Bottling Company is a bottling partner of The Coca‑Cola Company. This means that The Coca‑Cola Company manufactures and sells concentrates, bases and syrups to its bottling partners, owns the brands and is responsible for consumer brand marketing initiatives. We use the concentrates and syrups to manufacture, package, merchandise and distribute the final branded products to our trade partners and consumers. 

One of the world’s largest bottlers

Selling more than 2 billion unit cases every year – that’s 50 billion servings – Coca‑Cola HBC is one of the world’s largest bottlers of The Coca‑Cola Company’s brands.

28

countries in which we operate

595m

potential consumers across three continents

136

brands in our diverse portfolio

Leading brands and a diverse portfolio

We produce, sell and distribute a wide range of beverages, most of which are trademark products of The Coca‑Cola Company. Our product portfolio consists of:leading brands Coca‑Cola, Coke Zero, Fanta and Sprite.

A broad geographic footprint

Nigerian Bottling Company operates from Nigeria in the west of Africa. Our unique location provides attractive opportunities for growth and means the company is not dependent on any particular market.

A sustainable business

We’ve integrated sustainability and corporate responsibility into every part of our business, aiming to build long-term value for our stakeholders. In 2017, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices recognised Coca‑Cola HBC as the beverage industry leaders in Europe and the world for the fourth consecutive year

Lean manufacturing footprint

Our vast territory opens up opportunities for us but also brings challenges. We constantly look for ways to make our operational infrastructure as efficient as possible.

We operate 9 plants in Nigeria. The bottling operations in the regions are major purchasers of sugar, bottles, labels, marketing materials and services. At the same time, we play an active role in the local communities with our support and local initiatives.

 

9

plants in Nigeria

36

distributing across all states

3,550

employees in Nigeria

The group, Coca‑Cola HBC is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland and has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange and secondary listing on the Athens Exchange. Our two major shareholders are the Kar-Tess Holding S.A., a private holding company, and The Coca‑Cola Company.

We have a rich 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.

Early years: 1886-1899

Coca‑Cola is created by John S Pemberton in 1886 and served at Jacob’s Pharmacy

By 1895, Coca‑Cola is sold and consumed in every state in the US

In 1899 the rights to bottle Coca‑Cola are sold by Asa Candler to Benjamin F Thomas and Joseph B Whitehead of Chattanooga, Tennessee for $1

1951

Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd (NBC) is incorporated in November 1951, as a subsidiary of the A.G. Leventis Group with the franchise to bottle and sell products of The Coca‑Cola Company in Nigeria. 

1953

Two years later in 1953, the production of Coca‑Cola begins at a bottling facility in Ebute-Metta, Lagos State. In the same year the company opens its first bottling plant in Apapa.

2000

NBC becomes a member of the newly formed Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (an anchor bottling group with operations in 28 countries worldwide.)

2001

The first ultramodern fully automated NBC plant is commissioned in Benin in 2001. 

2001

Coca‑Cola HBC is listed on the NYSE through a sponsored ADR programme

We acquire mineral water companies Valser in Switzerland and Dorna Apemin in Romania

We acquire bottling operations in the Baltics

Our FTSE4Good listing is confirmed against stricter social and environmental criteria

2003 - 2007

NBC launches the Five Alive juice brand in 2003; PET packaging for its Sparkling Soft Drinks category in 2004; and 33Cl Can in 2007

2008

NBC introduces the more environmentally friendly ‘Ultra’ glass packaging for its Returnable Glass Bottle product segments.

2008

Coca‑Cola HBC is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the first time

We acquire the Southern Italy Coca‑Cola bottling operations, Socib

We launch our external stakeholder panel

We commit to rolling out further Combined Heat and Power plants which will reduce the CO2 from our bottling operations by more than 20 percent

2011

In November 2011, NBC becomes the first company in Nigeria to receive the Food Safety System (FSSC 22000) certification.

125 years of Coca‑Cola

In 2011, Coca‑Cola celebrates 125 years of refreshing the world

2011

We complete construction of wastewater treatment plants, ensuring that 100 percent of our wastewater is treated

All our plants are certified to ISO 9001

2012

Coca‑Cola HBC lists among the top three most sustainable Food & Beverage companies according to the FTSE Group, based on environmental, social and governance criteria

CCHBC announces the redomiciliation of our holding company to Switzerland and our intention to list on the London Stock Exchange

2013

The Group Coca‑Cola HBC achieves a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange 

CCHBC completes a share exchange offer

CCHBC is listed first in Europe and second in the world among beverage companies, according to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

2016

Nigerian Bottling Company celebrates 65 years of refreshing Nigerians.

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