Coca-Cola, or Coke, is a carbonated soft drink that’s produced by the Coca-Cola Company. It was originally intended as a patent medicine but was later changed to a sugary drink. Take a look below for 30 more fun and fascinating facts about Coca-Cola.
1. Coca-Cola was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton and was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler, whose marketing tactics led Coca-Cola to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century.
2. The drink’s name refers to two of its original ingredients, which were koala nuts, a source of caffeine, and coca leaves.
3. The current formula of Coca-Cola remains a trade secret, although a variety of reported recipes and experimental recreations have been published.
4. The Coca-Cola Company produces concentrate, which is then sold to licensed Coca-Cola bottlers throughout the world.
5. It’s the Coca-Cola bottlers, who hold exclusive territory contracts with the company, produce the finished product in cans and bottles from the concentrate, in combination with filtered water and sweeteners.
6. The Coca-Cola Company also sells concentrate for soda fountains of major restaurants and food service distributors.
7. Based on Interbrand’s “Best Global Brand” study of 2015, Coca-Cola was the world’s third most valuable brand, after Apple and Google.
8. In 2013, Coke products were sold in over 200 countries worldwide, with consumers drinking more than 1.8 billion company beverage servings every day.
9. Though U.S. pharmacist John S. Pemberton invented Coca-Cola in 1886, his bookkeeper, Frank Robinson invented the name. Robinson had beautiful handwriting, and his flowering script is still used today.
10. Coca-Cola was first marketed as a nerve tonic that relieves exhaustion.
11. The very first Coca-Cola products contained cocaine, about 9 milligrams per glass. It was removed from the drink in 1903. The original Coke was also alcoholic.
12. Coca-Cola is the most widely distributed product on the planet.
13. Coca-Cola has so many types of drinks that it would take a person drinking one a day over nine years to try them all.
14. If every drop of Coke ever made were placed in 8 ounce bottles and laid end-to-end, the bottles would reach to the Moon and back over 2,000 times.
15. Mexicans drink more Coke than any other country in the world. Mexicans drink about 745 Coke beverages per year. Americans drink about 401 Coke products per year.
16. Studies have proven that Coca-Cola, especially Diet Coke, is an effect spermicide.
17. According to Warren Buffet, Coca-Cola has no taste memory, which means, like water, a person will never get sick of it.
18. Approximately 96% of the world’s population recognized the Coca-Cola logo.
19. Coca-Cola owns half of all soft drinks sold.
20. In 2015, Coca-Cola created controversy when it paid $550,000 directly to the head of an anti-obesity group. After the donation was revealed, the group disbanded.
21. A can of Coke will sink in water whereas a can of Diet Coke will float.
22. Three people tried to sell Coca-Cola’s secret ingredients to Pepsi, but Pepsi reported them to Coke and the FBI.
23. In order for Coca-Cola to continue to operate in its current form, the company has a special arrangement with the Drug Enforcement Agency to allow them to import dried coca leaves from Peru in massive quantities.
24. Chinese people wanting to display their wealth often drink expensive red wines mixed with Coca-Cola and Sprite to make it taste more palatable.
25. In the 1990s, Coca-Cola had a plan to have their vending machines automatically raise or lower the price of a soda according to that day’s temperature, but they didn’t go through with it.
26. Farmers Union Iced Coffee outsells Coca-Cola in South Australia, making it the only place in the world where a milk drink outsells a cola product.
27. 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.
28. During Passover, Coca-Cola sells Coke with sugar instead of corn syrup in areas with a substantial Jewish population because corn syrup isn’t kosher.
29. Because men associated Diet Coke with women, Coca-Cola created Coke Zero for men.
30. Coca-Cola is the biggest user of cans in the United States. They company uses over 300,000 tons of aluminum sheet every year.