History of Coca-Cola

Coca‑Cola European Partners (CCEP) has a strong Coca‑Cola heritage that dates back to the earliest days of Coca‑Cola bottling in the late 19th century.

Atlanta 1899 ‑ Pharmacist Dr. John Pemberton first produces Coca‑Cola syrup for sale in fountain drinks.


In 1899, two Chattanooga businessmen secured exclusive rights to bottle and sell Coca‑Cola for most of the United States. Recognising the need to create a bottler
network, Benjamin F. Thomas and Joseph B. Whitehead, with the support of
Chattanooga businessman John T. Lupton, began granting other entrepreneurs
bottling franchise rights. The first franchise began operations in 1901, serving parts of Tennessee and other nearby locations.

In 1986, The Coca‑Cola Company merged some of its company‑owned operations with two large ownership groups that were for sale ‑ the John T. Lupton franchises and BCI Holding Corporation's bottling holdings  - forming Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (CCE).

Coca‑Cola Enterprises first began operations in Europe in 1993 with the purchase of bottling rights in the Netherlands. A significant European expansion began in 1996 and 1997 with the acquisition of bottling rights in Belgium, France, and Great Britain. Luxembourg was acquired in 1998, and Monaco in 1999.

In 2010 CCE completed a significant transaction with The Coca‑Cola Company, which acquired all of CCE's North American territory. CCE retained its European territories.

Most recently, Coca-Cola Enterprises merged with the bottling operations of Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke into a new Western European bottler, CCEP is becoming the largest independent Coca‑Cola bottler in Europe, serving over 300 million consumers across 13 countries.

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