Damian Gammell, Chief Executive Officer, said:
“We are pleased to report a strong H1 performance, as we confidently navigate the varied impact of the pandemic across our markets, with our focus remaining on supporting our people, customers and communities. Top-line growth, operating margin improvement and stronger free cash flow generation demonstrate the strength of our business and the successful integration of Coca-Cola Amatil. We continue to be excited by this opportunity, being unlocked through the great collaboration and sharing across all our European markets and API. I would also like to highlight the extraordinary efforts and high engagement of all our colleagues, to whom I am extremely grateful.
“Together with The Coca-Cola Company and our other franchise partners, our collective focus on our core brands alongside solid in-market execution has served us well, gaining share1 both instore and online. We are resolved in our determination to move further and faster towards a stronger and even more sustainable future. We continue to protect our business for the short-term whilst engaging in ongoing transformational programmes. We are taking meaningful actions to adjust our cost base to be fit and competitive for the longer-term, and we continue to invest for future growth, particularly in digital, sustainability, our portfolio and our people. Our digital business is on track for record revenues this year. We are progressing towards our 2040 net zero carbon ambition, recently announcing plans to accelerate our use of recycled plastic (rPET), saving an additional 43,000 tonnes of virgin plastic each year. I am also extremely proud that two of our manufacturing sites have recently been certified carbon neutral. And we are driving future revenue streams like Costa and Topo Chico, with exciting portfolio plans for the balance of the year.
“Whilst we are reassured by the pace of recovery and are cautiously optimistic, our strong H1 performance and full-year guidance for 2021 demonstrate our confidence in the future of our business. We will go further together, creating greater, more sustainable value for all stakeholders.”
 [NARTD (non-alcoholic ready to drink) Nielsen Data to w/e IS 20.Jun.21, GB 03.Jul.21, ES PT DE FR BE NL SE & NO 04.Jul.21. Online Data is to w/e GB 03.Jul.21 (Retailer EPOS+Nielsen), ES FR & NL 04.Jul.21 (Nielsen)]