Coca-Cola has been named as an official partner of the Baku 2015 European Games, it was announced today.
Coca-Cola will also release limited edition product packaging dedicated exclusively to Baku 2015 and launch an integrated marketing campaign to help raise awareness of the Games.
"I am very pleased to confirm Coca-Cola as an Official Partner of the inaugural European Games," said Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sports and chief executive officer of Baku 2015.
"They are a brand with international recognition and a long association with major multi-sport events which make them a perfect partner for Baku 2015."
Coca-Cola is the world's leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages, producing more than 500 brands of products in more than 200 countries and serving over 1.9 billion drinks every day.
"We are very proud to be supporting the inaugural European Games, which will soon become one of the international calendar's leading multi-sport events," said Galya Frayman Molinas, President of Coca-Cola Turkey, Caucasus and Central Asia Business Unit.
"This is an exciting opportunity to support a new and innovative event that will unite Europe in a celebration of sport and active lifestyle and we are looking forward to developing our relationship with Baku 2015."
Coca-Cola maintains the longest continuous relationship with the Olympic Movement having sponsored the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, and every Olympic Games since.
Coca-Cola became a charter member of the TOP Programme in 1986 under the exclusive product category of non-alcoholic beverages.
In 2005, The Coca-Cola Company and the IOC extended their partnership agreement for an unprecedented 12 years until 2020.
The Company has local operations in more than 200 countries around the world and opened its bottling plant in Azerbaijan in 1994.
It provides employment directly and indirectly to more than 2,200 people across the country.
"Coca-Cola's association with major sporting events makes this agreement an excellent opportunity to spread the word about Baku 2015," said Simon Clegg, chief operating officer of Baku 2015.
"With the help of all our Official Partners and Supporters, we will deliver an exceptional event that will engage and excite the entire continent in an historic celebration of sport this summer."
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