As of 2015, Coca-Cola is one of the largest company brands in the world. It is often simply referred to as Coke. But this huge company didn’t start out this way.
Coca-Cola was first created in 1886 by former Confederate veteran John Pemberton as an alternative to alcohol, which was prohibited in Atlanta, where Pemberton lived. At first it contained a bit of cocaine and was sold as a medicine.
Pemberton gave the rights to the name of “Coca-Cola” to his son, when he died in 1888. Part of the company was then sold to Asa Chandler, who bought the brand name “Coca-Cola” from Pemberton’s son. The ingredient of cocaine was later removed and Coca-Cola was sold as a drink. Coca-Cola is even rumored to have changed the then-traditional colors of Santa from green to the now popular red and white, the colors used in their advertising, due to its enormous popularity! The recipe for Coca-Cola has always been kept a secret, only having been revealed to a few employees over the years.
In 1985, Coca-Cola introduced “New Coke”, an attempt at changing the flavor of Coca-Cola and better compete with the rising star, Pepsi. The company had no clue just how popular their drink was with the world, and got a severe backlash from the public, however. The company eventually backed down and returned to the original formula of Coca-Cola.
My brother loves Coca-Cola (I myself have never drank soda), and Coca-Cola is a classic brand of soda, and it is extremely popular with Americans. The world is very glad that it is here to stay.