LATEST COVID-19 NEWS

Please see below for all the latest COVID-19 press releases


A Privilege to Support our Communities

Over the last nearly 70 years, partnering with and investing in the communities we serve has always been a core part of the way we do business.

In the face of the challenge that we now face, the community networks and partnerships that we have established over the years are allowing us to support those in need, those fighting the pandemic on the frontline and our customers that continue to serve our shared communities. As we do so, keeping our colleagues safe and healthy is our number one priority and lies at the heart of our ability to continue serving our communities. Therefore, wherever they are working, our teams have the protocols and equipment that keeps them – and others – safe.


Global Commitment, Local Action

Globally, The Coca-Cola Company and The Coca-Cola Foundation together with Coca-Cola HBC and all other bottling partners are providing a $120 million support package focused on the people and organisations engaged in the frontline fight against COVID-19. As a result, each of our markets is making a significant donation primarily to the Red Cross but also to other NGOs in order to support frontline work or to purchase medical equipment. WATCH: Our support for NGOs. Thanks to the Coca-Cola Foundation, applications for funding have been approved for all our 28 markets. An overview of grants provided globally by the Coca-Cola Foundation can be found here.


We are donating our beverages to medical institutions and those on the front-line in all our markets
Product donation & delivery to the front-line

Product Donation to the Frontline

We and our partners are doing all we can to help across our markets, including donation of our beverages to hospitals, quarantine centres, food banks, emergency services, NGOs and the vulnerable. We have so far donated over 4 million litres across our 28 markets. As examples, in Italy, we have provided over 400,000 litres of beverages to the Italian Foodbank Banco Alimentare Civil Protection, NGOs and 30 hospitals in Northern Italy, Rome and around our plants (Piemonte, Veneto, Campania, Abruzzo) to support 18,000 doctors and nurses on the frontline. In Nigeria, we are providing beverages to COVID-19 Response teams, Emergency Medical Facilities and to quarantine centres and have so far donated over 130,000 litres of beverages; in Russia, we are providing beverage donations to “Russ” Foodbank and support #wearetogether, the largest volunteering movement in Russia. In Poland, we are donating water to 80 hospitals and food banks; in Greece and Cyprus, we are supplying products to all appointed COVID-19 hospitals and food banks and have provided over 111,000 litres of beverages. And in Romania, we have donated more than 244,000 litres of beverages to 8 dedicated COVID-19 hospitals and 20 quarantine centres.


Hospital canteen chef in Switzerland receiving our beverages
Beverages donated to a hospital in the Ukraine to support the medical staff and patients
Part of a delivery of 1300 liters of drinking water to a hospital in Belarus

Supporting our Customers

Across our network, thanks to stringent global best health and safety practices, our production plants are authorised to remain open and producing.

You can see some examples of the additional measures we have taken at our plants in our video here.


We keep producing our beverages under global best health and safety practices

This is in line with the essential role we play alongside our customers to keep supplies flowing to the community. Wherever it is possible, our sales teams remain on the ground, working alongside our customer partners to support them in this task.


Social distancing and strict health & safety measures apply in all our plants
Our supply chain and warehouse teams make sure we still deliver to our customers

The customer landscape has changed dramatically and where customers need help to cope with changed ways of working, we are alongside them in their warehouses, in stores shifting product to shelves or delivering to consumers as e-commerce and home delivery needs have expanded rapidly. We are also working on a case by case basis with our customers from the Horeca (Hotels, restaurants and cafes) sector to support them commercially. 

Here’s some examples of our support actions:
In Austria we made direct donations to industry initiatives that support the longer-term recovery of the whole sector and celebrated the reopening of local Hotels, restaurants and cafes. We launched a cashback campaign with marktguru, inviting consumers to have a free Coke on us, covering the cost of around 25,000 drinks. In Switzerland we have joined an alliance of partners from the Swiss food service and hotel sectors to launch the #HELPGASTRO platform, where consumers can buy gift certificates for their favorite restaurants, bars or cafés. In the Czech Republic ​we organised a legal advisory webinar for our partners, to support with access to recovery programmes and funds. In Croatia ​via the “Raise the Bar” initiative, we provided free training to hospitality professionals and are using social media to promote home delivery platforms. In North Macedonia using the Grouper.mk, platform, we gave the opportunity to consumers to buy vouchers for their favorite restaurant or café and use it when the outlets reopened. In Hungary we joined the “First Coke is On Us” campaign to gift drinks to consumers in bars and restaurants as a way of kickstarting the HORECA industry. More than 100,000 bottles of Coca-Cola were offered in almost ​350 HORECA outlets across the country. In Greece we are supporting the Save One Seat initiative, an online booking platform aimed to help HORECA owners bring back traffic after reopening.

On top, Market Impact Teams were deployed to support retail and HORECA customers by building displays, filling coolers and shelves and offering marketing support to businesses. In total, more than 1500 employees took part in the MITs, providing assistance to more than 30,000 outlets. 


The #together-fund provides support to our gastronomy and hotel customers in Austria
Supporting an alliance of partners from the Swiss food service & hotel sectors to launch the #HELPGASTRO platform

Leveraging our Supply Chain

We are also leveraging the capabilities of our own supply chain to support the provision of protective and medical equipment WATCH. We are exploring a partnership with one of our major cooler suppliers, that will facilitate the manufacture and supply of ventilators. In Russia, we are using our 3D printing capability to produce protective face shields and will do the same in three of our other markets soon. Watch the video to find out more here. In Ireland we have produced 10,000 special bottles for health authorities to use for the dispense of hand sanitizer. In Romania we are loaning one of our microbiological detectors to support laboratory testing for COVID-19 and in Czech and Slovakia five of our vending machines are now offering masks in shopping malls and smaller cities, with proceeds donated to charity. All of these ideas and possibilities are being shared across our markets to increase the opportunity we and our partners have to provide direct and practical support and we are opening up our logistics and transport infrastructure for authorities and those delivering to the vulnerable.


Our supply chain in Russia produced these protective masks using our 3D printing capability
Bottle produced in Ireland to be filled with hand sanitizer gel

Our vending machine in Czech and Slovakia offering masks instead of beverages, with proceeds going to charity.

Volunteering

We are also proud of how our people are supporting communities themselves through volunteering. WATCH: How employees across markets engaged in diverse support initiatives.

For example, our colleagues in Romania teamed up with the Auchan Romania and Leroy Merlin initiative to set up a medical centre for mild cases of COVID-19. The centre will have 350 beds, a well-equipped treatment area, a resting area for the medical team and a supply of our beverages.

In Hungary, a number of our Business Developers are supporting the Red Cross by distributing donations to families in need during work time. Together with other volunteers, they deliver groceries & medicine to those in need. In Austria over 20 of our employees volunteered as virtual #YouthEmpowered mentors during the “10K Job Day” and in Greece, our people are supporting the NGO “Help at Home” in Athens and Thessaloniki to deliver food and household goods to the poor and elderly.


40 of our Romanian colleagues volunteered to help set up a medical centre
Our employees in Greece supporting «Help at Home» to deliver groceries

In each and every one of our 28 markets, we are privileged to be able to do these things and to help those who are themselves giving so much to help others. To every single one of them we simply say a huge THANK YOU.