History

We have a rich heritage and an exciting future - from the creation of Coca‑Cola in 1886 to being recognized as an industry leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices today. 


1886-1899: How it all began

1886-1899: How it all began 

  • 1886: Doctor and pharmacist John Stith 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 Switzerland

  • 50 years after Coca‑Cola’s invention, Max Stooss from Bern brings the beverage to Switzerland in 1936. 
  • On March 6, he registered Boissons Désaltérantes S.A in the commercial register of Lausanne. 
  • His first purchase: the semi-automatic bottling machine “Dixie”, which fills 600 bottles per hour. 
  • In May 1937, Stooss founds Refresca AG with a bottling plant in Zurich. 
  • As demand grows, Stooss expands his market area and opens additional production facilities in Switzerland. 
We've been here in Switzerland

the beginnings of Coca‑Cola HBC

1951-1991: the beginnings of Coca‑Cola HBC 

  • 1951: Coca‑Cola HBC originates in Nigeria, where A.G. Leventis founded the Nigerian Bottling Company. 
  • 1963: The bottling plant in Dietlikon opens. 
  • 1969: Hellenic Bottling Company SA is founded in Greece. 
  • 1981: Nigerian Bottling Company takes over the Hellenic Bottling Company. 
  • 1991: Hellenic Bottling Company SA shares are listed on the Athens Exchange. 

2000: Coca‑Cola HBC is formed 

  • 2000: Hellenic Bottling Company SA merges with another large bottling partner, Coca‑Cola Beverages Ltd, which is listed on the London Stock exchange and operating in twelve countries. 
  • 2002: Aquisition of Valser Mineralquellen 
  • 2007: Launch of Coca‑Cola zero in Switzerland 
2000: Coca‑Cola HBC is formed

2008 – today: Our route to sustainability

2008 - today: Our route to sustainability 

  • 2008: Coca‑Cola HBC is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the first time. 
  • 2012: Coca‑Cola HBC becomes a Swiss company based in Zug.
  • 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) 
  • 2019: Coca-Cola HBC was named Europe's most sustainable beverage company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).   
  • 2019: Coca-Cola HBC is the first and so far only beverage company in the world to use CO2 from the air, supporting a pioneering technology to protect our climate.  
  • 2019: VALSER is the first climate-neutral mineral water in Switzerland.