Today on Day’s to Remember, we celebrate how on March 12th 1894, Coca Cola were sold in bottles for the first time.
This day in history…1894 – Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time in Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA Coca-Cola has long been known as the ‘World’s Favorite Drink’.
If you haven’t heard of it people would say there is something seriously wrong with you. It can be enjoyed in many different flavors across the globe and had been an ongoing, successful and ever-changing business since it was first made by John Pemberton in Atlanta in 1886.
I won’t bore you with an in depth history of the making of Coca-Cola and the business development, but it helps to have a little background knowledge.
Doctor John Pemberton was a pharmacist and was simply inspired by curiosity. He stirred up a type of syrup; a fragrant, caramel-colored liquid, and took it down to Jacob’s pharmacy.
The mixture was combined with carbonated water and tested on a few customers – they all agreed it was something special.
Jacob’s put the drink on sale for 5 cents – 3p – a glass. Pemberton’s bookkeeper, Frank Robinson, named the drink Coca-Cola and wrote it in his distinctive writing – the same writing used on the labels today. Only nine glasses of Coca-Cola were sold a day, in the first year.
This however increased and a century later the company had produced more than 10 billion gallons of the syrup. Atlanta businessman, Asa Griggs Candler secured the rights of the business for $2,300 and became the first president of Coca-Cola.
Now onto the infamous bottles, in 1894, a Mississippi businessman named Joseph Beidenharn put the drink into bottles.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (Jonathon Singmaster) gives you a little history of “The Evolution of the Cocoa Cola bottle, as we celebrate it coming out on March 12th 1894 to the consumer.
It was the beginning of the future for Coca-Cola in terms of being a portable, bottled beverage that customers could take anywhere. The first bottle was a success.
However, the amount of competition of other ‘copycat’ drinks required a more distinctive bottle. In 1916 the contour bottle was introduced by The Root Glass Company of Terre Haute, Indiana.
The bottle was inspired by the curves and grooves of a cocoa bean. In 1923 six pack carriers of coke were sold so that people were encouraged to take them home with them – this was a huge success.
Media attention also followed as the contour bottle was the first commercial product to be featured on the cover of Time Magazine, and Coca-Cola’s first TV ad appeared in 1950.
Whether you’re a Coke or Pepsi fan the bottle was a huge success when it came as we celebrate The Cocoa Cola bottle today on March 12th.
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