How Coca-Cola Works

Bottled for Success

This worldwide recognition didn't come overnight, though. At first, Pemberton sold only a few glasses of Coca-Cola per day. In 1887, the Coca-Cola Company distributed coupons for free samples -- it claims that it was the first to use this method of attracting new customers. In 1894, candy

maker Joseph Biedenharn became the first person to bottle Coca-Cola. Suddenly, the beverage became available to people who didn't have easy access to a soda counter.

Bottling proved to be the key to the soda's success. The Coca-Cola Company started developing its global bottling network in the late 1800s. Between 1890 and 1900, Coca-Cola syrup sales shot up 4,000 percent. By 1919, the company had bottling plants in Europe and Asia, and in 1920, there were more than 1,000 bottling plants in the United States.

Today, Coca-Cola is one of the most prevalent brands in the world. The company sells more than 1.3 billion drinks every day in 200 countries worldwide. Coca-Cola has also had an impact on popular culture. Many people remember the words to "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke," also known as "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing," a song that was part of an advertising campaign more than 35 years ago. Coca-Cola's holiday ad campaigns have also influenced the way people around the world picture Santa Claus.

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