Coca-Cola was invented on May 8, 1886, in Atlanta, Georgia, by Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a pharmacist who produced the syrup for Coca-Cola. It was sold for five cents per glass as a soda fountain drink down the street of Jacob’s Pharmacy and was commended “excellent.” Coca-Cola is a result of the mixture of carbonated water with this new syrup by Pemberton which later on became popular as a “Delicious and Refreshing” drink.
The trademark Coca-Cola was coined by Dr. Pemberton’s bookkeeper, Frank Robinson. The term was derived from the two Cs composition of the drink, cocaine from the coca leaf, and caffeine extracts from the kola nut. However, in 1903 the cocaine ingredient was removed from Coca-Cola’s formula. Later on, another Atlanta Pharmacist named Asa Griggs Candler had acquired complete ownership and proprietary rights of the business and then incorporated Coca-Cola Company in 1892.
In 1893, the trademark “Coca-Cola” was registered in the US Patent Office.
Significant Timeline of Coca-Cola
- 1886-1887 – Dr. John Pemberton invented the Syrup for Coca-Cola and had sold the first sample drink.
- 1888-1891 – Gallons of syrup for Coca-Cola was produced and complete ownership of the business was acquired by Asa Griggs Candler and started to incorporate the Coca-Cola Company.
- 1893 – the Coca-Cola trademark was registered in the US Patent Office.
- 1892-1894 – Coca-Cola was put in bottles by Joseph Biedenharn.
- 1899-1904 – Candler loses Coca-Cola for not securing the exclusive rights for bottling the product.
- 1905-1918 – Root Glass Company won the design contest for the Coca-Cola bottle which is still used as the signature shape of its container.
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