Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (CCHBC) has posted a lift in both sales and profits for the first nine months of 2007.

The Greece-based bottler said today (13 November) that operating profit for the period reached EUR581.4m (US$848.3m), up 33% on the corresponding period in 2006. The rise came on the back of growing sales, which totalled EUR4.79bn compared to EUR1.64bn a year earlier.

Net income rose by 26% year-on-year to EUR336.8m.

For the quarter to the end of September, operating profit was up by 30% on Q3 2006, coming in at EUR268.9m. Sales reached EUR1.83bn against EUR1.58bn, with net profit climbing to EUR210.5m from EUR160m.

"Our performance in the third quarter has built on the strong momentum achieved at the half-year with the continued successful execution of our strategy across our geographies and product categories," said company MD, Doros Constantinou.

"We are in the process of completing our business planning cycle and believe that our in-country strategic initiatives, coupled with the positive momentum we are witnessing across our territories, will support Coca-Cola Hellenic's vision of being the undisputed leader in every market in which we compete."

Earlier this week, CCHBC, announced that it will form a joint venture partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and Italian coffee company Illycaffe to market RTD coffee. The new alliance will produce, market and sell premium RTD coffee beverages across CCHBC's territories.