Nigerian Bottling Company was incorporated in 1951 as a franchise bottler of products of the Coca-Cola Company in Nigeria.
NBC is a member of Coca-Cola HBC AG, an anchor bottler for The Coca-Cola Company in 28 countries in North, Central and South Europe, Asia and in Africa with over 581 million consumers in these markets.
Nigerian Bottling Company Limited: Background and Milestones
As the pioneer bottler in the group, NBC prides itself as the bedrock of Coca-Cola Hellenic. The company is headquartered in Ebute-Metta, Lagos and operates 13 Bottling facilities, 28 commercial territories and 57 distribution depots across the country.
As written earlier, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited was incorporated in November 1951, as a subsidiary of the A. G. Leventis Group with the franchise to bottle and sell products of the Coca-Cola Company in Nigeria.
Two years later, in 1953, the production of Coca-Cola began at a Bottling facility in Ebute-Metta, Lagos State. In the same year, the company opened its first Bottling plant in Apapa. In 1960, the year of Nigeria’s independence, the Nigerian Bottling Company exceeded the One Million cases a year mark.
NBC in 1961 commissioned its second Bottling facility at Ibadan, Oyo State and rapidly expanded its operation over the next couple of years which today stands at 13 facilities and 57 depots across the country.
In 1972, NBC became a publicly quoted company and listed its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. NBC acquired Eva premium water and Schweppes brands in 1991. In 2000, NBC became a member of the newly formed Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S. A. (an anchor Bottling group with operations in 28 countries worldwide).
The first ultramodern fully automated NBC plant was commissioned in Benin in 2001. NBC launched 5Alive juice brand in 2003; PET packaging for its sparkling soft drinks category in 2004; and 33cl Can in 2007. In 2008, NBC introduced the more environmentally friendly ‘Ultra’ glass packaging for its Returnable Glass Bottle product segments.
In September 2010, NBC was recognised by the Lagos State Government for its support of the ‘Support our School’ project with the 2010 LASG CSR Award. In October 2011, NBC was awarded the Social Enterprise Reporting Awards (SERAs) for the ‘Best Company in Environment’ for its PET Recycling project jointly implemented with Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited as well as for the ‘Most Socially Responsible Company in Nigeria’.
In November 2011, NBC became the first company in Nigeria to receive the Food Safety System (FSSC 22000) certification. In February 2013, NBC was voted by consumers as the Best in Product Excellence at the Nigerian Construction Awards organised by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC).
In April 2013, Coca-Cola Hellenic HBC AG was listed on the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange.