The Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan today visited Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Armenia (Coca-Cola Hellenic Armenia) where he officially opened a new Effluent Treatment facility which ensures that all waste water used in the operation of the plant is treated to a high environmental standard, suitable for sustaining marine and plant life, before discharging from the bottling plant. The visit also marks the start of celebrations of 15th anniversary of Coca-Cola operations in Armenia.
Among the dignitaries also in attendance were the Minister of Environment, Aram Harutyunyan, the Head of the State Water Committee and the First Deputy Minister of Economy.
Prime Minister and the other guests were greeted by Coca-Cola Hellenic Armenia General Manager Gagik Danielyan who gave a plant tour and a presentation about the company's operations and the contributions it makes to the sustainability of the country and its people.
The Prime Minister was introduced to a number of the company's employees who explained the processes involved in the production of the company's beverages, including Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite and BonAqua He was also given an insight into the development and progress of the business since it was established in 1995.
In response to a media inquiry the Prime Minister said, 'I am here today to see the best international business and environmental practices of Coca-Cola, which we can then replicate across the country.'
'We are honoured to have the opportunity to present our operations to the Prime Minister, and to explain our business philosophy which includes a strong commitment to fulfilling our corporate social responsibilities,' said Gagik Danielyan, General Manager of Coca-Cola Hellenic Armenia.
'This year we will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Coca-Cola operations in Armenia. During this time we have sold more than 300 million liters of beverages, and in the past five years have made investments of 7 billion AMD (more than US$20 million). Through its operations, Coca-Cola Hellenic Armenia supports the development of other local businesses, including service suppliers, distributors, and retailers by creating additional jobs. In addition to our contribution to the economy, we contribute to the protection of environment and strengthening of local communities,' concluded Mr. Danielyan.
About Coca-Cola Hellenic
Coca-Cola Hellenic is one of the world's largest bottlers of products of The Coca-Cola Company with sales of more than two billion unit cases, and 560 million customers buying its products annually. The company offers a diverse range of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic beverages in the sparkling, juice, juice drinks, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca-Cola Hellenic is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment and conducting business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of our local communities. Coca-Cola Hellenic's shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEEK), with a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCB). Coca-Cola Hellenic's American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CCH). Coca-Cola Hellenic is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indexes. For more information on Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, its products, people and commitment to sustainable business please visit www.coca-colahellenic.com.
About Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Armenia
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Armenia (Coca-Cola Hellenic Armenia) is a subsidiary of the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company which has operations in 28 countries. Established in 1995, it is the sole authorised bottler of products of The Coca-Cola Company in Armenia. Today, the company provides Armenian consumers with an increasing range of international-standard non-alcoholic beverages including juices, nectars, energy drinks and teas as well as the world famous sparkling soft drinks Coca-Cola, diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite
Coca-Cola Hellenic Armenia employs 300 people directly; an estimated 3000 additional people are employed indirectly as a result of the company's operations. Coca-Cola Hellenic Armenia works with more than 12,000 customers.
Coca-Cola Hellenic Armenia holds the following certifications:
- ISO 9001 - Quality Management System Standards Certification;
- ISO 22000 - Food Safety Standard Certification;
- ISO 14000 - Environmental Management Standards Certification; and
- OHSAS 18000 - Occupational Health and Safety Certification.