Dr. John Pemberton invented Coca Cola in 1886. He was a pharmacist in Atlanta, a city in the United States. Dr. Pemberton was experimenting with a medical formula which would include coca leaves and kola nuts. It was then that a colleague or a friend of Dr. Pemberton gave the solution the name – Coca Cola. His name was Frank Mason Robinson and he was a book keeper and he was good at penmanship. He wrote the logo in his writing style, the style is called Spencerian Script (a writing style common among the bookkeepers).

The first year wasn’t really a success. Frank Robinson lost money and the new drink sold only 25 gallons. But this situation didn’t last long. Sales zoomed to 1049 gallons in the following year and the company has been growing ever since. Dr. Pemberton sold the formula to Asa G. Candler in 1888. Asa Candler was also a pharmacist and from Atlanta and he paid $2300 to the inventor for the formula. Candler was an aggressive market strategist and it was because of him that the sale increased by 4000% in the 1890s.

The company was issued a charter in 1892. Frank Robinson became the secretary and the treasurer. The company has been growing ever since. The revenue of the Coca-Cola Company was $31 billion in 2009 and it employs over 90,000 employees. By an estimate, more than a billion cold-drinks manufactured by the company are sold worldwide everyday. The company owns more than two dozen brands and the famous ones include: Coca Cola, Fanta, and Thumps up, Kinley etc.


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Lucas Beaumont
Generalist. Wikipedia contributor. Elementary school teacher from Saskatchewan, Canada.

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