Our heritage


Europe welcomes the first Coca-Cola bottling plants to Paris and Bordeaux in France.

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During this decade, bottling operations begin in Coca-Cola European Partners’ countries including Spain in 1926, Belgium in 1927 and Germany in 1929 and Belgium in 1927. For our other territories, bottling begins in the Netherlands in 1931,


The Coca-Cola Company signs contracts with 23 bottlers in Spain.


After 10 years in Germany, we have 50 factories, producing 4.5 million cases.


Due to a lack of raw materials during the Second World War, we can’t make Coca-Cola in Germany so we create a new drink: Fanta. We begin production of Coca-Cola again in 1949.


The Coca-Cola Company and the Daurella family partner to create the first bottling plant in Barcelona, Spain. During this decade bottling plants open in Valencia, Madrid, Tenerife, Palma de Mallorca and Bilbao.

World Fair

The World’s Fair takes place in Brussels. The Coca-Cola Company pavilion features a fully operational bottling plant and all visitors receive a Coca-Cola.


Portuguese bottler Alfragide is founded, with bottling plants in Braga, Porto, Estarreja, Coimbra, Lisbon, Azeitão and Loulé.

diet coke

Diet Coke launches in New York City, US – the first extension of the Coca-Cola and Coke trademarks. We introduce it as Coca-Cola Light in France, Norway, Sweden and Germany (and as Diet Coke in GB)

Coca-Cola Enterprises logo

The Coca-Cola Company merges some of its bottling operations with the John T Lupton franchises and BCI Holding Corp’s bottling holdings – forming Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Berlin Wall

A year after the Berlin Wall comes down, we sell Coca-Cola in East Germany for the first time. Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke GmbH is founded for bottling and distribution in the east of Germany.


CCE and the Johnston Coca-Cola Bottling Group merge, creating a larger, stronger organisation.


Aquarius, which was introduced in Spain and Portugal a year before, becomes the official drink of the Olympic Games in Barcelona.


CCE makes its first international acquisition – the Coca-Cola bottling operations in the Netherlands. In 1996, CCE also buys bottling operations in Belgium, Great Britain and France, followed by Luxembourg and Monaco in 1998 and 1999 respectively.


Coca-Cola Zero, a zero calorie cola, makes its debut in the US. We launch it in Europe a year later.


All remaining, independent German bottlers merge with Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG.

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CCE sells its operations in North America to The Coca-Cola Company and acquires the Coca-Cola bottling businesses in Norway and Sweden.


Coca-Cola Iberian Partners is born – following the merger of eight Spanish and Portuguese bottlers and an agreement with The Coca-Cola Company to use the Coca-Cola name.

Coca-Cola Life launches in GB. It launches in all other CCEP territories (except Spain and Portugal) within two years and is reformulated in 2016 to have 45% less sugar than Coca-Cola (40% in France, 50% in Germany).

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke officially merge to become the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler based on revenue.