The history of the world's favourite soft drink and the company behind it.

Coca-Cola History

1886

In Atlanta, Georgia, John Pemberton tried to create a refreshing drink to fight fatigue, faintness and headaches. The result was a syrup, which, after being mixed with water, turned out to be the most refreshing drink in the world. The drink was named Coca‑Cola.

Coca-Cola production launches in Plovdiv

1965

Coca‑Cola production launches in Plovdiv, making Bulgaria the first country in the ex-socialist block to bottle the product. For the first time, the Coca Cola trademark is translated using Cyrillic script and features in various promotional campaigns.

The Bulgarian Government approves imports of Coca‑Cola concentrate for the next five years.

1970

The Bulgarian Government approves imports of Coca‑Cola concentrate for the next five years.

Coca-Cola Company logo

1992

The Coca‑Cola Company opens an office in Bulgaria.

Production begins in Kostinbrod, Coca‑Cola's biggest  biggest production centre in Bulgaria.

1996

Production begins in Kostinbrod, Coca‑Cola's biggest  biggest production centre in Bulgaria. The company receives the Investor of the Year award for the greenfield investment in Kostinbrod worth over USD 20 million.

Coca-Cola Hellenic logo

2000 - 2002

Hellenic Bottling Company Athens acquires  Coca‑Cola Beverages London JSC and establishes Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (2000). The legal entity Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Bulgaria AD is founded (2002).

The bottling company Clarina Bulgaria OOD

2003

The bottling company Clarina Bulgaria OOD consolidates its eight subsidiaries and merges them in Coca‑Cola HBC Bulgaria AD.

Bankia Coca-Cola HBC

2005

The company acquires Bankia, a mineral water bottling facility. More than 60 million Bulgarian Lev (BGN) have been invested in Bankia to date.

Coca‑Cola celebrates its 125th anniversary.

2011

Coca‑Cola celebrates its 125th anniversary. 

Launch of Socio-Eonomic study at Kostinbrod

2016

The Kostinbord plant celebrates 20 years of operation.

One Brand

2017

The One Brand Strategy launch unites the sub-brands of Coca‑Cola –  in Bulgaria, Cocoa-Cola Classic and Coca‑Cola Zero – to one brand, with one identity and positioning.