We’ve been busy setting a new Guinness World Record – and helping recycle over 1,500 cans in the process...

What do you think of when you think of Guinness World Records? Fastest mile? Longest jump? How about crushing cans? Because that’s exactly what over 400 of our employees in Ireland can now add to their dinner party patter – the honour of being a can-crushing World Record holder!

Because we can can can

Let us set the scene… It’s 17th January 2019 at the stunning Waterfront Hall events space in Belfast, and 463 Coca-Cola employees (comprising both Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company and Coca-Cola Ireland) are gathered for an annual company conference – as well as to mark 80 years of the company operating in Northern Ireland. What better time is there to set a new record?

Getting ready to crush it

The goal? To crush as many cans as possible underfoot in 30 seconds – a brand new feat for the record books, and one being adjudicated by Guinness World Records’ official Sofia Greenacre.

In those 30 seconds, our smash-happy stompers managed to crush an estimated 1,500 cans, setting the bar pretty high for any would-be contenders in the future. Catch the action in the video below:

“I’m thrilled to be in Belfast today and succeed in our attempt to break a Guinness World Records title,” said Petre Sandru, Country Manager, Coca-Cola Ireland. “Our employees have come together to demonstrate what true team spirit can achieve,” he said, adding that the occasion “also marks the start of our 80th year operating in Northern Ireland.

“With this great team of people,” Petre said, “I’m confident our best days are yet to come.”

Pictured are (l-r) Guinness World Records official adjudicator Sofia Greenacre; Shirley Wilson; Petre Sandru, Country Manager, Coca-Cola Ireland; Matthieu Seguin, General Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland & Northern Ireland; and Francie McCann. 

Oh, and don’t worry; every single crushed can was soon returned to the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Knockmore Hill, Lisburn, before being sent on to be recycled into new cans – because the only thing better than setting an entirely new Guinness World Record is setting a sustainable one!

Five more obscure Irish World Records

Of course, our can-crushing efforts aren’t the first slightly left-field World Record to come out of the Emerald Isle; we hold tonnes of fun, surprising, and downright weird Guinness World Records.

Here are just a few that our colleagues can now rub shoulders with...

1. Most Eurovision wins

With wins in 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996, Ireland is the most successful nation in Eurovision history.

2. Largest tea consumption per capita 

Between 1998 and 2000, the Irish were the world’s tea drinking champs, knocking back a staggering 1,184 cups of tea per person per year. (Oh, and if that sounds like you, have you tried Fuze Tea yet?)

How do you take your tea? 

3. Tallest windmill

Forget the Netherlands; at 45.7 m (150 ft) tall, St Patrick's Distillery Mill in Dublin holds the record for the world’s tallest windmill – though it now sits without its sails.

4. Most jump racing Champion Jockey titles

This honour goes to AP McCoy, who took the title of jump racing Champion Jockey 19 times during an 18 year run.

5. Largest gathering of people dressed as the Hulk

In July 2012, 574 attendees at the Muckno Mania Festival in Castleblayney donned fake muscles, green masks, and all turned into Bruce Banner’s angry alter ego at once.

So there you have it; a brand new Guinness World Record to add to a solid collection of other Irish one-offs!

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