History

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. Here our some of our milestones in Hungary and internationally.

September: Coca‑Cola Hungary’s Zero Waste Tisza River has won the International Public Relations Association’s award: the program launched to clean River Tisza and its surrounding has earned the prestigious award in two categories.

2020
2020

July: The Plastic Cup tracks the waste’s path with transmitter bottles. The waste monitoring program is part of the Zero Waste Tisza River project. 

June: Coca‑Cola Hungary provided 165 million forints worth support and donation to people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Next to that, Coca-Cola volunteers helped the Hungarian Red Cross in full-time for over a month.

2020
2020

May: Coca-Cola HBC Hungary is among the first European countries to launch at-home, at-work, and on-the-go Costa Coffee in Hungary.

February: “Bottle made of bottle”. Römerquelle mineral water arrives in Hungary, in bottles made of 100% recycled plastic.

2020
2019

October: Termination of Lavazza collaboration.

July: The Zero Waste Tisza River program is launched with a three-party cooperation.

2019
2019

June: Thanks to an investment of more than half billion forints, new NaturAqua bottles are available in restaurants. The premium-looking small and large packages received a brand-new label and screw cap as well.

April: László Békefi starts at the company as the new General Manager.

2019
2019

March: For the first time in the company's history, Coca-Cola Hungary launches an energy drink as part of the Coca-Cola portfolio and introduces Coca-Cola Energy.

November: Coca-Cola celebrates 50 years in Hungary.    

2018
2018

July: Coca‑Cola HBC Hungary has started the bottling of a new and innovative premium product, GLACEAU smartwater, with an investment of about 1.8 billion forints.

January: Coca-Cola HBC Hungary has increased the area of its central production base in Dunaharaszti by 1,5 times its size. Hungary's largest soft drink manufacturer is planning another significant capacity expansion on the 13- acres of land by 2020, to establish Coca-Cola HBC Group's largest production base in Central Europe.

2018
2017

September: The #YouthEmpowered program is launched in Hungary, which aims to help 8,000 young people find employment in the labor market with their trainings. 

May: Coca-Cola HBC Hungary enters the coffee category and starts the distribution of Lavazza.

2017
2017

April: Coca-Cola HBC Hungary became a member of the Coca-Cola HBC Group, which encompasses 28 countries. The company became the Group’s biggest exporter and is developing its Dunaharaszti warehouse plant with an investment worth of 2 billion forints. It will have the largest storage capacity among the country’s food industry facilities.

January: After six years of successful cooperation, Rézangyal Kereskedelmi Kft and Coca‑Cola HBC Hungary strengthens their business relationship.

2017
2010

We initiated distribution of Monster Energy products.

Coca-Cola HBC Hungary became the domestic distributor of Edrington (Famous Grouse, Macallan, Brugal).

Coca-Cola HBC opened its first Combined Heat and Power plant in Hungary.

2005
2002

Since 2002, Coca-Cola Hungary has been bottling its products at two sites: the Zalaszentgrót mineral water bottling plant was opened and the Dunaharaszti plant began its export production that year. 

Hellenic Bottling Company SA acquires Coca‑Cola Beverages Ltd to form Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company SA.

2000
1998

Coca‑Cola Amatil splits in two, forming the UK based Coca‑Cola HBC Ltd, which, in 2000, merges with the independent Greek bottling company Hellenic Bottling.

Coca‑Cola Amatil builds a brand new plant at Dunaharaszti, replacing the outdated countryside plants.

1996
1991

Hellenic Bottling Company SA shares are listed on the Athens Exchange.

Coca‑Cola Amatil enters a joint venture with Likőripari Vállalat in Budapest.

Hungarian production of Sprite begins.

The production of Fanta Orange begins in Hungary.

1988
1981

Kar-Tess Holding SA, a private holding company, acquires a 99.9 percent interest in Hellenic Bottling Company SA.

1970

Early 1970s: all Hungarian alcoholic beverage producing companies acquire the licence to bottle Coca‑Cola (Szabadegyháza, Győr, Kisvárda, Miskolc).

Hellenic Bottling Company SA is incorporated in Greece.

1969
1968

The official appearance of The Coca‑Cola Company in Hungary; with the appearance of Coca‑Cola, the production of carbonated soft drinks begins in Hungary, along with the introduction and implementation of new technologies.

Coca‑Cola is first introduced to the public at the Budapest International Trade Fair.

1967
1951

AG Leventis establishes the Nigerian Bottling Company.

From 1942, Coca‑Cola becomes the first American product produced in Hungary at the Hungarian Liqueur Company (Likőripari Vállalat).

1942