Pepsi is a global brand that people all over the world recognize and love. But even if it is part of many people’s lives, there are a lot of facts about it that even regular drinkers may not know about.
Pepsi Cola was invented in 1893, but it was called Brad’s Drink. It was invented by Caleb Bradham, who ran a drug store in New Bern, South Carolina. It kept the name Brad’s Drink for the first five years it was in the market, but in 1898 it became known as Pepsi Cola. It was named after pepsin, one of its ingredients.
Bradham actually created the drink to aid people who had digestion problems. However, the fountain drink soon became popular as a refreshing soda.
Pepsi was the first to use vehicles as a medium for delivery. This was had never been done before for soda drinks and it made a huge difference as it would pave the way for the use of motorized transport.
In the USSR
Such was the popularity of Pepsi that it found its way into the Soviet Union even during the Cold War. Pepsi was also the first American consumer product to be allowed in the USSR.
The original Pepsi Cola company merged with another giant, Frito Lay back in 1965. It became know as PepsiCo and remains so to this day.
The Pepsi Challenge
Sometime in 1975, Pepsi began promoting the Pepsi Challenge, where the participants were asked to drink from a cup and pick the one they preferred, Pepsi or Coke. Most of the participants ended up choosing Pepsi.
Offered to Coca Cola
From 1922 to 1933, Pepsi gave rival Coca Cola the opportunity to buy it. Three times the offer was refused. It turned out to be a good thing, otherwise we would not have the rivalry we know and love today.
One of the reasons why Pepsi offered itself to Coca Colas was it was on the verge of bankruptcy. The cost of sugar went up, which was a vital ingredient in the product.
Aside from being the first to use motorized vehicles for transporting its products, Pepsi was also the first to use sky writing for its product during the 1939 World’s Fair. Also notable is the fact that Pepsi was one of the first to acquire blacks as executives. This was as much for their skills as wanting to get insights on how to reach African American families.
Pepsi has a large research and development facility in China and other countries around the world. Their goal is to further enhance the Pepsi product line and create new products. One of their most innovative releases was Pepsi Light.
Pepsi has also experimented with other flavors including some you may have never heard of. These include watermelon, yogurt, cucumber, strawberry milk, azuki bean and many others.
The research and development is not limited to Pepsi as it covers all PepsiCo products. For instance, they conduct tests on athletes to determine how to make the product more effective. A lot of these tests and research are being done at the Gatorade Sports and Science Research Institute.
Pepsi was also the first to use 2 liter on pop bottles in 1970. These were seen as a novelty during that time but has since become fixtures in supermarkets everywhere.
Through the years, Pepsi has become well known for the famous celebrities that have endorsed their products. Among them are Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Kendall Jenner, Britney Spears, Sofia Vergara and many others.
A Big Company
Pepsi products are available in more than 200 countries around the world. It is the biggest food and beverage company in the United States and is one of the largest in the world, with all kinds of Pepsi and Frito Lay products consumed daily.
Pepsi also bought Tropicana in 1998 following its acquisition of Mountain Dew. The company also purchased energy drink Gatorade following its merger with Quaker Oats in 2001.
The growth of PepsiCo in 2014 led to a $1 billion profit. It became the biggest contributor to retail sales growth in the US. To put that into perspective their revenue was larger than the next 27 companies that followed it combined.
These are just some of the most interesting facts about Pepsi that you may have not been familiar with. As you can see, this is not just a soft drink but one that has an interesting story as well.