Coca-Cola (often referred to simply as Coke) is a carbonated soft drink produced by The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia. Originally intended as a patent medicine when it was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton, Coca-Cola was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler, whose marketing tactics led Coke to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century. The name refers to two of its original ingredients: kola nuts, a source of caffeine, and coca leaves. The current formula of Coca-Cola remains a trade secret, although a variety of reported recipes and experimental recreations have been published.
14 Amazing Facts You Should Know About Coca-Cola
1. When Coca-Cola first launched it was marketed as a nerve tonic that "relieves exhaustion." This ad was published c.1886.
2. The very first Coca-Cola products contained cocaine — but only around 9 milligrams per glass. The drug was touted at the time as a substitute for alcohol and was said to cure opium addiction. But cocaine was removed from Coca-Cola in 1903
3. If you placed all 8-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola ever produced together, end-to-end and made a chain out of it, this chain would reach the moon and back over 2000 times
4. Coca leaves are still used in Coca Cola. A company in New Jersey extracts Cocaine from the leaves for medical uses and then ships the remainder to Coke
5. Of the 57 billion servings of all kinds of beverages drunk each day (other than water), just over 3% (1.9 billion) are Coca-Cola trademarked/licensed drinks. It's the most widely-distributed product on the planet.
6. The Coca-Cola brand is worth an estimated $83.8 billion. That's more than Budweiser, Subway, Pepsi, and KFC combined.
7.Coke makes so many different beverages that if you drank one per day, it would take you more than nine years to try them all. Coca-Cola has a product portfolio of more than 3,500 beverages (and 500 brands), spanning from sodas to energy drinks to soy-based drinks.
8. The large Santa with a white beard and red clothing that we are used to today was actually created by Coca Cola.
9.Mexicans are the biggest drinkers of Coke in the world. On average, Mexicans drink 745 Coke beverages a year. Americans drink 401 Coke products a year on average
10. Coca-Cola tried to market “OK” soda so they would have products named with the two most recognizable words in the world. While “OK” and “Coke” are still number one and two most recognizable words in the world, “OK” soda never caught on and was discontinued shortly after launch.
11. When Martin Luther King. Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize, Atlanta threw him a celebration party that almost had to be cancelled due to opposition. Coca-Cola’s CEO threatened to take the company out of Atlanta out of embarrassment that the city’s people won’t honor their Nobel Prize winner
12.In 1985, Coca-Cola became the first soft drink to ever go to space. Astronauts tested the Coca-Cola Space Can aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. Here's the can
13. Vincente Fox started at Coca Cola Mexico as a truck driver before working his way up to president of Coke Latin America. Then he became the president of Mexico.
14. Three people tried to sell Coca Cola’s secrets ingredients to Pepsi, but Pepsi reported them to Coke and the FBI.
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