NAIROBI– The Coca-Cola Company is celebrating its 132nd birthday globally, 90 years in Africa, and 70 years of operation in Kenya.

It has three bottling partners in this country — CCBA Kenya (Coca-Cola Beverages Africa), Almasi Beverages and Coastal Bottlers and the the Coca-Cola system in Kenya employs more than 10,000 people directly.

This ensures that Coca-Cola products are always available “within arm’s reach”, through a network of more than 340,000 outlets across the country, supporting an estimated one million people through its vast supply chain.

Ahmed Rady, the General Manager of Coca-Cola East and Central Africa Franchise, said here Tuesday that Coca-Cola prioritized the value chain, and contributed to Kenya’s social-economic aspirations and the environment apart from offering refreshments.

We take great pride in being a part of Kenya’s fibre for over 70 years, and being a part of celebrations by families and individuals who enjoy an ice-cold refreshment on a sunny day. Coca-Cola has also been a part of national celebrations, including the events to mark the attainment of the country’s independence in 1963 among other milestone events. But we offer more than just refreshments, we prioritize our value chain, and contribute to the nation’s social-economic aspirations and the environment, said Rady.

Marked as Founder’s Day, May 8, 1886 was the day Dr. John S. Pemberton sold the first Coca-Cola for just five cents in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States.

In 1948, the company in Kenya started operations selling imported Coca-Cola beverages from its plant along Addis Ababa Road, in the Industrial Area of Nairobi, before starting to manufacture and bottle the iconic beverage.

Daryl Wilson, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Kenya Managing Director, said: Seventy years ago � you could buy a bottle of Coke for just under five shillings. It was then and remains today � an affordable way to quench your thirst and celebrate magic moments in life.

“Thank you for making all of us at Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Kenya a part of your memories, good times, family gatherings and important occasions over the last seven decades. We are proudly Kenyan and look forward to continue refreshing your daily meals, milestone moments and special occasions for years to come.