Ed Pearce‘s Today’s Memory
John Pemberton first selling of Coca-Cola
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
Coca Cola was first sold as a patent medicine on May 8, 1886
John Pemberton, a former Confederate officer turned pharmacist, created a new beverage at his Atlanta Pemberton Chemical Company on March 29, 1886. It was called Coca-Cola after two of its ingredients, coca leaves and kola nuts.
Coca Cola was originally sold as a patent medicine. Pemberton started selling his carbonated beverage on May 8, 1886 touting it as a cure for headaches, hysteria and melancholia..
Coca-Cola was originally green. It would still be green if coloring weren’t added to it.
Coca Cola’s name was chosen by Pemberton’s bookkeeper Frank Robinson.
Despite an inauspicious start- only 25 sales of the patent medicine were made in its first year, Asa Candler, a wholesale druggist, purchased the formula for Coca-Cola from John Pemberton for $2,300. He began to improve the manufacturing process and started selling his syrup to local soda fountains, billing it as an „esteemed brain tonic and intellectual beverage.”
The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, was incorporated in Atlanta on January 15, 1889.