Coca Cola is the most popular soft drink in the world, and the Coke brand is one of, if not the most, well known on the planet. You’ve drank Coke at some point in your life – probably drinking one right now – and so have billions of people around the world.
And yet for all its popularity, there are still things about Coke many don’t know.
John Pemberton Invented Coca Cola
Pemberton invented coke in 1888. He was a pharmacist who fought in the Civil War. Following the end of the war, he invented coke, looking for commercial success. After perfecting the formula, Pemberton brought a jug of it to the nearby Jacob’s Pharmacy.
The product was sampled and the people at the pharmacy called it excellent. It was sold as fountain drink for 5 cents. Frank Robinson, Dr. Pemberton’s bookkeeper, was the one who drew the now famous Coca Cola trademark. The rest as they say, is history.
A Universal Symbol
The Coca Cola brand is known to about 95% of the world’s population. The white Coca Cola letters over the red background is recognized in various languages. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Coca Cola logo transcends cultures and language barriers.
Sold in All Countries Except Two
Coca Cola is so widespread that it’s sold in all countries in the world except Cuba and North Korea. This hardly comes as a surprise since those two are under US trade embargoes for the longest time.
A Lot of People Drink Coke
Everybody knows that Coke is popular, but just how so? Well it has been estimated that 3.1 % of beverages consumed in the world are Coca Cola. Put it another way, of the 55 billion beverages that people drink daily, about 1.7 billion of those are Coke. Now that’s plenty of Coke any way you look at it.
On average, people in Mexico consume 665 servings of Coca Cola products every year. That is more than the combined averages of Americans, Chinese, and Indian. As a point of comparison, Americans consume 399 Coke products a year compared to 9 for India, 32 for China and 202 for the British. Add them up and it’s still less than what Mexicans consume.
The Longest Sponsor of the Olympics
Coca Cola has been sponsoring the Olympic Games since 1928, far longer than any other company. The company also sponsors the Winter Olympic Games, and through the various changes the games have gone through, Coca Cola has stuck with them through thick and thin.
Coke Supported the Troops in World War II
When the US entered World War II, the Coca Cola Company threw its full support for the troops. They wanted to make sure that the troops all got a bottle of Coca Cola no matter how much it cost the company financially.
There are a Lot of Coca Cola to Choose From
When people think of Coca Cola, the first thing that comes to mind is the classic Coke in the bottle or can. But there are actually a lot more to choose from. As it is there are more than 3500 products under the Coca Cola brand.
To put that into perspective, you’ll need 9 years to try out them all out if you drink one beverage a day. And before you’re through the company would have released a few more already.
Coke Makes a Lot of Money
Considering the amounts being consumed, it’s not surprising Coca Cola is very profitable. On average the company earns $35 billion annually. Financial analysts put the Coca Cola net value at $74 billion more or less. To put that in perspective, it is more than Red Bull, Starbucks, Budweiser and Pepsi combined.
Coca Cola is Bigger Than Some Countries’ Economies
Coca Cola makes so much money they are the 84th largest economy in the world. That’s right Coca Cola is larger than the economy of Costa Rica. The $35 billion annual income is good news since their ad expenses run to about $3 billion or more.
The Classic Coke Bottle Was Based off a Plant
The classic Coke bottle was based off the kola nut or coca plant. The original bottle had a different shape, but the label kept slipping off when the bottle was placed in coolers. To fix the problem, the company redesigned the bottle, and for the better too.
Just knowing these facts makes you appreciate Coca Cola a little bit more.