The first Coca-Cola recipe was invented in Columbus, Georgia, by John Stith Pemberton, originally as a cocawine called Pemberton's French Wine Coca in 1885 and introduced in 1886.
Pepsi-cola was first made in New Bern, North Carolina, in the United States in the early 1890s by pharmacist Caleb Bradham.
Coca-Cola and Pepsi are both originated in the USA.
They are each other's biggest competitor. Pepsi was the first company to go international, and Coca-Cola chose to stay in the USA until after Pepsi made it big in the USSR.
Cola was medicine once upon a time. Still is, actually. You can buy cola syrup, it's used for nausea and stomach ache. Works fairly well, if you can keep it down.
Coca-Cola is often referred to simply as Coke or (in European and American countries) as Cola or Pop.
The famous Coca-Cola logo was created by John Pemberton's bookkeeper, Frank Mason Robinson, in 1885. It was Robinson who came up with the name, and he also chose the logo’s distinctive cursive script. The typeface used, known as Spencerian script, was developed in the mid 19th century and was the dominant form of formal handwriting in the United States during that period.
Robinson also played a significant role in early Coca-Cola advertising. His promotional suggestions to Pemberton included giving away thousands of free drink coupons and plastering the city of Atlanta with publicity banners and streetcar signs.
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In 1898, "Brad's drink" was changed to "Pepsi-Cola" and later trademarked on June 16, 1903.
There are several theories on the origin of the word "pepsi".The only two discussed within the current PepsiCo website are the following:
1. Caleb Bradham bought the name "Pep Kola" from a local competitor and changed it to Pepsi-Cola.
2. "Pepsi-Cola" is an anagram for "Episcopal" - a large church across the street from Bradham's drugstore.
The word Pepsi comes from the Greek word "pepsi" (πέψη), which is a medical term, describing the food dissolving process within one's stomach. It is also a medical term, that describes a problem with one's stomach to dissolve foods properly.
Another theory is that Caleb Bradham and his customers simply thought the name sounded good or the fact that the drink had some kind of "pep" in it because it was a carbonated drink, they gave it the name "Pepsi".
It was made of carbonated water, sugar, vanilla, rare oils, and kola nuts. Whether the original recipe included the enzyme pepsin is disputed.
In 1929, the Pepsi-Cola Company went bankrupt during the Great Depression- in large part due financial losses incurred by speculating on wildly fluctuating sugar prices as a result of World War I. Assets were sold and Roy C. Megargel bought the Pepsi trademark.
Eight years later, the company went bankrupt again. Pepsi's assets were then purchased by Charles Guth, the President of Loft Inc. Loft was a candy manufacturer with retail stores that contained soda fountains. He sought to replace Coca-Cola at his stores' fountains after Coke refused to give him a discount on syrup. Guth then had Loft's chemists reformulate the Pepsi-Cola syrup formula.
If people're asked to choose which they prefer; after trying two nearly identical flavours one after the other, people will almost always prefer the slightly sweeter one. You can verify this with other acidic drinks. Squeeze two glasses of fresh orange juice, add a quarter teaspoon of sugar (no more or it will be too sweet!) to one of them, mix well, "Pepsi Challenge," and people will pick the sugared beverage almost four times out of five.
Pepsi & Coca-Cola both give money to charity.
According to the Independent, researchers have proven that the difference between Coke and Pepsi really is all in your head. Apparently the popularity of Coke's brand image causes people to think Coca-Cola itself tastes better, even though it really doesn't taste very different from Pepsi. As the article says: "When asked to taste blind, they showed no preference. However, when the participants were shown company logos before they drank, the Coke label, the more famous of the two, had a dramatic impact: three-quarters of the tasters declared they preferred Coke!"
A guy said: "From what I know they taste exactly the same. Its just that before drinking it you are told what it is! And you decide the difference on the basis of the brands."
Coke isn't as sweet as Pepsi. Anyone that tells you otherwise must not have drink them both often. Pepsi has way less sugar, the sugar in coke mattes your teeth and gives you this weird feeling. Pepsi is sweeter & smoother.
A guy who prefered Pepsi said: "Coke goes flat faster than Pepsi. Pepsi has more carbonation."
A girl who prefered Coca-Cola said: "Coca-cola has been around longer than Pepsi. Coca-Cola has more of a caramelly crisp taste. Coca-Cola came up with the Santa Claus that we all know and love. Coca-Cola is cooler because it just is."
I don't really care about it. The difference isn't really big. I love to drink Coca-Cola Zero!
If I've to choose between Pepsi-cola and Coca-cola, I'll choose Pepsi-cola, because it's sweeter. (:
Pepsi commercial: (With Enrique Iglesias, Pink, Beyonce, Britney Spears)
Chinese Coca-Cola commercial: (with Angela Zhang & Wilber Pan)
Long Chinese Pepsi commercial: (With Jolin Tsai, Edison Chen, F4, Jay Chou and more)