Coca‑Cola first arrived here in England in 1900 when Charles Candler, son of The Coca‑Cola Company founder Asa Candler, brought a jug of syrup with him on a visit from the US to England. It was first sold in the UK on 31 August 1900, but didn’t go on sale regularly until the early 1920s, when it appeared at outlets around London including Selfridges and the London Coliseum. Learn more about the history of our company. http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/faq/heritage/when-did-coca-cola-first-arrive-in-the-uk.html
1886 – What’s in a name? When John S. Pemberton created the formula for his new drink in 1886, his partner and bookkeeper, Frank M. Robinson, suggested the name Coca‑Cola, thinking that ‘the two Cs would look well in advertising’. He wanted to create a unique logo to go with it, and experimented writing the company’s name in elaborate Spencerian script, a form of penmanship characteristic of the time. http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/125/history-of-coca-cola-logo.html
Coca‑Cola didn’t start as a medicine but a doctor and pharmacist, Dr John S Pemberton, invented it in May 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/faq/heritage/is-it-true-that-cola-cola-started-as-a-medicine.html
History of Coca‑Cola: 1886-1892 Atlanta Beginnings
It was 1886, and in New York Harbour, workers were constructing the Statue of Liberty. Eight hundred miles away, another great American symbol was about to be unveiled. Like many people who change history, John Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist, was inspired by simple curiosity. One afternoon, he stirred up a fragrant, caramel-coloured liquid and, when it was done, he carried it a few doors down to Jacobs’ Pharmacy. Here, the mixture was combined with carbonated water and sampled by customers who all agreed – this new drink was something special. So Jacobs’ Pharmacy put it on sale for five cents (about 3p) a glass. Pemberton’s bookkeeper, Frank Robinson, named the mixture Coca‑Cola, and wrote it out in his distinctive script. To this day, Coca‑Cola is written the same way. In the first year, Pemberton sold just nine glasses of Coca‑Cola a day. A century later, The Coca‑Cola Company has produced more than 10 billion gallons of syrup. Over the course of three years, between 1888-1891, Atlanta businessman Asa Griggs Candler secured rights to the business for a total of about $2,300 (about £1,500). Candler would become Coca‑Cola’s first president, and the first to bring real vision to the business and the brand.