Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has bought the bottling operations of Central Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in a deal worth US$102m.

CCE, the world's largest Coke bottler, said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday (2 May) that it secured the acquisition on 28 February. The company said the deal would "bolster our customer and supply chain alignment in the US".

Central Coca-Cola Bottling operates in parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio. CCE said it would pay US$1m in costs associated with "the severance and relocation of certain Central employees and the elimination of duplicate facilities".

The company added that the acquisition did not have a material effect on its financial statements for the first quarter of 2006. CCE last week reported a 20% slump in operating profit as restructuring charges weighed on earnings. Revenues were up 3% to US$4.3bn as global volumes inched up 1%.