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Coca-Cola and its Evolution The Coca-Cola company started out as an insignificant one man business and over the last one hundred and ten years it has grown into one of the largest companies in the world The first operator of the company was Dr John Pemberton and the current operator is Roberto Goizueta Coca-Cola was invented by Dr John Pemberton an Atlanta pharmacist He concocted the formula in a three legged brass kettle in his backyard on May 8 1886 He mixed a combination of lime cinnamon coca leaves and the seeds of a Brazilian shrub to make the fabulous soda Coca-Cola debuted in Atlantas largest pharmacy Jacobs Pharmacy Later on the carbonated water was added to the syrup to make the soda that we know today as Coca-Cola A medical elixir Coca-Cola was originally used as a medical elixir Coca-Cola was named by Frank Robinson one of Pembertons close friends he also penned the famous Coca-Cola logo in unique script Dr John Pemberton sold a portion of the Coca-Cola company to Asa Candler after Pembertons death the remainder was sold to Candler Pemberton was forced to sell because he was in a state of poor health and was in debt Candler achieved a lot during his time as owner of the company On January 31 1893 the famous Coca-Cola formula was patented He also opened the first syrup manufacturing plant in 1884 His great achievement was great ehancements for the size of the bottles Candler aggressively advertised Coca-Cola in newspapers and on billboards In the newspapers he would give away coupons for a free Coke at any fountain Coca-Cola was sold after the Prohibition Era to Ernest Woodruff for 25 million dollars He gave Coca-Cola to his son Robert Woodruff Mr Anonymous Robert Woodruff was an influential man in Atlanta because of his connections to area colleges universities businesses and
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