1880s:Coca-Cola is created on May 8th by John S. Pemberton. Coca-Cola gets its name from the company accountant Frank Robinson. Later Asa Candler begins to acquire the Coca-Cola company.

1890s:Asa Candler states that Coca-Cola is sold and drunk in every state and territory in the USA. The first building is established for housing Coca-Cola. The rights to bottle Coca-Cola are sold to Benjamin F. Thomas and Joseph B. Whitehead for $1.

1900s:Hilda Clark becomes the first celebrity to advertise Coca-Cola. The second bottling plant opens in Atlanta. The advertising budget passes $100,000. The first convention of Coca-Cola is held in Atlanta. Annual sales of Coca‐Cola hit the 1 million‐gallon mark. Lillian Nordica advertises Coca-Cola nationwide. Bottling operations begin in Canada, Cuba and Panama.

1910s:Advertising budget passes $1,000,000 for the time. Bottling operations are started in the Philippines. Asa Candler makes a $1 million donation to Atlanta’s Emory University. Alexander Samuelson designs the bottle prototype for Coca-Cola. Asa Candler retires from the Company to successfully run for mayor of Atlanta. The Coca‐Cola Company is purchased by a group of investors led by Ernest Woodruff for $25 million.

1920s:Coca-Cola moves to its current location on North Avenue in Atlanta. Robert W. Woodruff becomes the president of the Coca-Cola Company. The bell glass bottle shape is a signature trademark of Coca-Cola.

1930s:The Coca‐Cola Export Corporation is created to market Coca‐Cola outside the United States. Movie stars Jackie Cooper, Wallace Beery, Maurice Chevalier, Jean Harlow, Maureen O’Sullivan, Johnny Weissmuller and Joan Crawford appear in advertising for Coca‐Cola.

1940s:“Coke” becomes a registered trademark of The Coca‐Cola Company. The red disc metal sign is introduced in diameters ranging from 12 to 48 inches. A later version of the sign includes the famous contour bottle.

1950s:Coca‐Cola becomes the first product to appear on the cover of Time magazine. The first television commercial for Coca‐Cola is broadcast on Thanksgiving Day on a CBS half‐hour special featuring Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.

1960s:Steel 12‐ounce cans are introduced to help make Coca‐Cola more portable. The Coca‐Cola Company acquires The Minute Maid Corporation, adding a line of juice products to its portfol.

1970s:One of Coca-Colas world known motos becomes known, “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke”. The Coca‐Cola Collectors Club is established with 27 members. Club membership now is nearly 4,000.

1980s:Roberto Gouizeta becomes Chairman and CEO of The Coca‐Cola Company. Coca-Cola celebrates 100 years of the company. Diet Coke is introduced to the Coca-Cola.

1990s:Coca-Cola is sold in East Germany for the first time as the Berlin wall comes down. The World of Coca‐Cola museum opens at Underground Atlanta. The Coca‐Cola Company acquires the Barq’s root beer brand

2000s:The Coca‐Cola Company sponsors the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.An aluminum contour bottle is introduced for use in nightclubs and at special events.

2010s:Coca‐Cola Zero, a zero‐calorie cola, makes its debut. “Open the Games. Open Happiness” made is debut at the 2010 Winter Olympics.  


Coca-Cola uses shipping to transport Coke internationally to other countries. Coca-Cola also uses highways to transport products from city to city.   

Impact on Georgia

Coca-Cola has had a huge impact on the state of Georgia. For example World of Coke has brought many tourist to the state. It has also provided jobs to many Americans, and has brought a huge source of income to the state.


Asa Candler took a huge risk when he bought Coca-Cola from John S. Pemberton. Candler invested most of his money into the company, and made Coca-Cola what it is today. Had the company been a fail, Candler would have gone bankrupt, and have no source of income.

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