Wednesday, August 18

Coca Cola, An Unintended Invention.

During one of my class at UIA, I was given a task to write an essay about accidental invention. I had to do some background research on any product considered as an unintentionally invented invention into this world and write about it with my own words. Since aku tak boleh nak fikir nak update apa in my blog, I decided ; "Hey, why not I just post an essay I did ?!" Heh ! ;)

It is fascinating to know that the discovery of Coca Cola, one of the prominent soft drinks known today, is invented unintentionally into this world. Initially formulated as a tonic to cure almost everything, the invention of Coca Cola by John Pemberton crawled its way to fame.

The prototype of Coca Cola was formulated at the Eagle Drug and Chemical Company, a drugstore in Columbus, Georgia by Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist. The Coca Cola was formerly known as a coca wine called ‘Pemberton’s French Wine Coca’.

The coca wine was initially sold as a patent medicine for five cents. At the time, it was popular in the United States due to the belief that carbonated water was good for the health. Pemberton claimed the coca wine cured many diseases, including morphine addiction, dyspepsia, neurasthenia, headache, and impotence.

When Atlanta and Fulton County passed prohibition legislation in 1886, Pemberton reacted by creating Coca Cola, basically a non-alcoholic version of his ‘French Wine Coca’. The first sale of this beverage was at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia on May 8, 1886.

The name and the now famous trademark ‘Coca Cola’ was given by Dr. Pemberton’s partner and bookkeeper, Frank M. Robinson. He wrote the product’s name using sweeping, cursive letters. This became the product’s logo, and you can see it on bottles, cans, trucks and signs today. It's identifiable in much of the world, and it's one of the reasons that Coca Cola is one of the world's most-recognized brands.

This international recognition didn't come at once, though. In the beginning, Pemberton sold only a small number of glasses of Coca Cola per day. In 1887, the Coca Cola Company distributed coupons for free samples. The Company claims that it was the first to use this method of attracting new customers to try their beverage.

In 1894, candy maker Joseph Biedenharn became the first person to bottle Coca-Cola. Coca Cola was sold in bottles for the first time on March 12, 1894. Bottling proved to be the key to the soda's victory. The beverage became available to people who didn't have easy access to a soda counter.
The Coca-Cola Company started developing its global bottling network in the late 1800s. Between 1890 and 1900, Coca Cola sales shot up by 4,000 percent.

Today, Coca-Cola is one of the most prevalent brands in the world. It is known as the most popular carbonated soft drink. The Coca Cola Company sells more than 1.3 billion drinks every day in 200 countries worldwide.

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Hasrol Nizam said...

owh...thats how it started.. :D

Pening bila waktu petang di bulan ramadhan

kaizen shinobi said...

best tak assignment kat uia nih? hehehehe

mne hilang wooo... lme cari gak~ T.T

akubiomed said...

Cola asal untuk ubat telah bertukar menjadi minuman ringan kegemaran seluruh dunia. Cerita kejayaan Coca Cola menjadi topik perbincangan didalam topik business tapi malangnya inventor Coca Cola tidak kaya dengan ciptaan kerana jual formula Coca Cola kepada orang lain