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Coca-Cola Facts and Trivia!
A little something you may not have known about Coca-Cola!


1886 - May 29, the first print advertisement for Coca-Cola appeared in The Atlanta Journal.


1960 - April 12, the shape of the 6½ oz hobbleskirt bottle was registered as a trademark.


1962 - The 16 oz bottles were approved and produced nationwide.


1901 - Dixie Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Atlanta, GA changed its name to The Coca-Cola Bottling Company.


1976 - The 10 billionth gallon of Coca-Cola syrup was produced.


1927 - The Coca-Cola Company sponsored its first radio program, "Vivian, The Coca-Cola Girl."


1962 - The trademark "Coke" was authorized to appear on all bottles.


"I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" had its origins on January 18, 1971, in a London fog. Bill Backer, creative director on the Coca-Cola account for the McCann-Erickson advertising agency, was flying to London to meet up with Billy Davis, the music director on the Coca-Cola account, to write radio commercials with two successful British songwriters, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, to be recorded by the New Seekers, a popular British singing group.


Q: Where is the best place to purchase your Coca-Cola collectibles?

A: Cola Corner!


The Coca-Cola Polar Bear made it's debut in 1993 and continues to delight both old and young alike today.


The name "Coca-Cola" was a suggestion by John Pemberton's bookkeeper, Frank Robinson. Frank Robinson also had great penmanship and later created the Coca-Cola script, by hand, that we all know today!


1976 - it was this year the 10 billionth gallon of "Coca-Cola" syrup was produced.


The Coca-Cola Company bottles more than 500 products around the globe, including "Fanta" "Sprite" "Diet Coke" and "Coca-Cola Classic"!


Who was the first company to give out coupons for a free item as an advertising technique? You guessed it: The Coca-Cola Company!


1988 - The Coca-Cola Company became the first independent operator in the Soviet Union.


1923 - The 6 bottle carton was introduced by Ernest Woodruff.


1899 - This year large scale bottling of Coca-Cola started, which has become known as Chandler's Great Achievement.


What was the first state to bottle Coca-Cola? (Mississippi).


2007 - Coca-Cola products are served more than 705 million times every day, in 195 countries!


2008 - 400 different brands are available around the globe. In 1886, there was only 1 flavor offered in 1 city in 1 country, in the world.


1886 - In this year, the company's first year, they averaged 9 Cokes a day!


Did you know: Coca-Cola owns the second-largest truck fleet in the world! (US Post Office owns the largest truck fleet).


Fact: Coca-Cola translated to Chinese means "To make mouth happy".


1931 - Haddon Sundblom introduces his version of Santa Claus. Later to become The Coca-Cola Santa we know today.


1928 - Sales of bottled Coca-Cola surpassed fountain sales for the first time in the company's history.


1915 - The Root Glass Company created the first version of the Coca-Cola Contour Bottle. The bottle they created was to wide at the center, so it was slimmed to become what we know today as the Coca-Cola Contour Bottle.


1934 - Johnny Weissmuller, an Olympic champion swimmer, and Maureen O'Sullivan, a motion-pictgure star, appeared on a metal serving tray for Coca-Cola.


1952 - "The Big Beverage", the first Coca-Cola novel about Coca-Cola was written by William T. Campbell.


1950 - Coca-Cola starts advertising on the television. Currently, Coca-Cola is advertised on over 500 different television channels across the globe.


1919 - The Coca-Cola Company was sold to a group of investors for $25 million.


1943 - On June 29, an urgent cablegram arrived from General Dwight Eisenhower's Allied Headquarters in North Africa requesting 10 Coca-Cola bottling plants to serve American servicemen overseas.
Eventually, 64 plants were set up during WWII.


1927 - Coca-Cola was first advertised on the radio.


1894 - The first syrup plant outside of Atlanta was opened in Dallas.


1978 - The Coca-Cola Company introduced the 2 litre bottle and the company started using plastic to distribute their beverages.


Did you know?: The bottling plant at the highest elevation in the world is located in Bolivia, at 12,000 feet!


1940 - Coca-Cola is now bottled in 40 countries around the globe!


If all the Coca-Cola vending machines were stacked one on top of each other, the pile would be over 450 miles high.


1929 - Coca-Cola was made available through vending machines; also in this year, the bell glass was made available.


1960 - The 12 oz Coke can, that we still use today, was introduced.


1977 - Although The Coca-Cola Company started bottling and using the Contour Bottle in 1915, it wasn't until this year that the Contour Bottle was patented by The Coca-Cola Company.


1961 - Sprite was introduced by The Coca-Cola Company.


1917 - Coca-Cola and the Coca-Cola script become known as the world's most recognized trademark.


By 1983, The Coca-Cola Company had served over 1 trillion customers.


1995 - Coca-Cola was consumed in space for the third time in history and Diet Coke was consumed in space for the very first time aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.


In 1903, a revolution in soda fountain design took place with the front service fountain patented by Dr. Heisinger.


Even though Coca-Cola originated in the United States, Mexico and Iceland have the highest per capita consumption of Coca-Cola today.


Today, about every second, 7,000 Coca-Cola products are consumed!


1931 - The Coca-Cola Santa was introduced as a Christmas promotion by Haddon Sundblom.


1893 - In January, "Coca-Cola" was registered in the US Patent Office.


Fact: Coca-Cola translated in Chinese means, "To Make Mouth Happy".


Fact: The best selling, non-carbonated, soft drink in Japan is a product of The Coca-Cola Company named "Georgia", a coffee flavored beverage.


1979 - Coca-Cola moves its world headquarters to North Aveune in Atlanta. Fifteen hundred employees made the move to the building that was later named "The Tower".


Question: What were the first two countries outside the United States to bottle Coca-Cola?
Answer: Cuba and Panama.


1943 - On June 29, an urgent cablegram arrived from General Dwight Eisenhower's Allied Headquarters in North Africa, requesting 10 Coca-Cola bottling plants to serve American servicemen overseas. Eventually, 64 plants were set up during WWII.


If all the Coca-Cola ever produced were to erupt from "Old Faithful" at its normal rate of 14,000 gallons per hour, the geyser would flow continually for 1,577 years!


1925 - The Coca-Cola Company sells a record 6 million Cokes a day.


1906 - The first two countries outside the United States to bottle Coca-Cola were Cuba and Panama


1982 - Diet Coke was introduced in July.


1886 - Sales of Coca-Cola averaged nine drinks per day. That first year, Dr. Pemberton sold 25 gallons of syrup, shipped in bright red wooden kegs. Red has been a distinctive color associated with the No. 1 soft drink brand ever since.


1923 - The Coca-Cola Company was sold after the Prohibition Era to Ernest Woodruff for 25 million dollars. He gave Coca-Cola to his son, Robert Woodruff, who would be president for six decades.


May 1886 - Pharmacist John Pemberton concocted a caramel-colored syrup in a three-legged brass kettle in his backyard. He first "distributed" the new product by carrying Coca-Cola in a jug down the street to Jacobs Pharmacy. For five cents, consumers could enjoy a glass of Coca-Cola at the soda fountain. Whether by design or accident, carbonated water was teamed with the new syrup, producing a drink that was proclaimed "Delicious and Refreshing." Dr. Pemberton's partner and bookkeeper, Frank M. Robinson, suggested the name and penned, in the unique flowing script that is famous worldwide today.


In 1906 The first two courtries outside the United States to bottle Coca-Cola were Cuba and Panama.


In 1993 Coca-Cola exceeds 10 Billion cases sold worldwide.


In 1891 Atlanta entrepreneur Asa G. Candler had acquired complete ownership of the Coca-Cola business. Pemberton was forced to sell because he was in a state of poor health and was in debt. He had paid $76.96 for advertising, but he only made $50.00 in profits. Candler acquired the whole company for $2,300.


In 1886 Coca-Cola was founded by a pharmacist named John Pemberton.


On May 15, 1950, Coca-Cola became the first product ever to appear on the cover of Time Magazine. This issue also featured an in-depth article about The Coca-Cola Company.

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