Few things are more recognizable than Coca-Cola. No matter where you travel and regardless of the local language, all you have to see is the familiar curved white stripe against a red background, and you instantly know what product is being promoted. Take a look at these 19 fun facts about the most popular soft drink in the world.
- On average, more than 10,000 soft drinks from Coca-Cola are consumed every second of every day.
- Of the 57 billion servings of all kinds of beverages consumed each day (other than water), just over 3% (1.9 billion) are drinks trademarked or licensed by Coca-Cola. It is the most widely distributed product on the planet.
- There are only two countries in the world where Coca-Cola is not sold: Cuba and North Korea.
- Coke makes so many different beverages that if you drank one per day, it would take you more than nine years to try them all. Coca-Cola has a product portfolio of more than 3,500 beverages (and 500 brands), including sodas, energy drinks, and soy-based drinks.
- If every drop of Coke ever produced was placed in 8-ounce bottles and laid end-to-end, the bottles would reach the moon and back more than 2,000 times. Put another way, that would be one round-trip a day for five years, seven months, and 14 days.
- Coke owns 20 brands that each generate more than $1 billion in sales per year. Some of these brands are Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta, Minute Maid, Nestea, and Powerade.
- The Coca-Cola brand is worth an estimated $83.8 billion. That’s more than Budweiser, Subway, Pepsi, and KFC combined.
- Coca-Cola claims its name is the second-most-understood word in the world, behind “OK.”
- Approximately 96% of the world’s population recognizes the Coca-Cola logo
- Mexicans are the biggest drinkers of Coke in the world. On average, Mexicans drink 745 Coke beverages a year. Americans drink 401 Coke products a year on average.
- Coca-Cola believes it invented the concept of the coupon. The company distributed sample coupons in late 1886, and the company believes it was the reason the drink spread from the small population of Atlanta to every state in the US by 1990. Between 1886 and 1914, one in 10 Cokes was given away free.
- In 1985, Coca-Cola became the first soft drink to go to space. Astronauts tested the Coca-Cola Space Can aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.
- Coke says the “perfect” temperature to serve its drink is from 34 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Though U.S. pharmacist John S. Pemberton invented Coca-Cola in 1886, his bookkeeper, Frank Robinson invented the name. Robinson had beautiful handwriting, and his flowering script is still used today.
- The very first Coca-Cola products contained cocaine, about 9 milligrams per glass. It was removed from the drink in 1903. The original Coke also contained alcohol.
- Coke sold 25 bottles in its first year. Today, it sells 1.8 billion bottles—per day.
- Coca-Cola’s decision to switch to a “New Coke” flavor in 1985 was one of the biggest business and marketing failures of all time.
- The original formula for Coca-Cola is held in a vault in a branch of SunTrust Bank Atlanta.
- Coca-Cola was the first commercial sponsor of the Olympic Games in 1928.
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