Coca-Cola Review (Soda Tasting #160)
Coca-Cola was first made available for sale on May 8, 1886. It was on this day that the creator of the syrup, a pharmacist named John Pemberton, brought a jug to Jacobs’ Pharmacy in Atlanta, where it was put on sale. Dr. Pemberton’s bookkeeper and partner, Frank M. Robinson, suggested the name and trademarked it in the unique script that it still uses to this day.
Pemberton didn’t really capitalize off of his creation, selling his interest off at various points, including the last of it to Asa G. Candler, who would go on to acquire complete control of the brand. Candler’s strong marketing of the brand is credited for bringing it to the masses.
In 1919, an investment group led by Ernest Woodruff and W.C. Bradley bought the company for $25 million. Woodruff’s son, Robert Winship Woodruff, would go on to become the President of The Coca-Cola Company from 1923 through 1954, remaining on the board of directors until 1984, the year I was born. During his leadership, the company became a global powerhouse.
In 1985, Coca-Coca tried to change the formula for the drink and, despite the fact that taste tests had indicated a prefer for the new formula, once released, there was an outcry that led to them reversing the formula, cementing a switch to high fructose corn syrup from sugar.
I’m a big fan of the brand. My great grandfather worked for Coca-Cola for 30 years, during which time my great grandmother, his wife, worked for Pepsi, but they always drank Coke.
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|Company:||The Coca-Cola Company|
|Calories (12 oz.):||140|
|Caffeine (12 oz.):||34 mg|