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Who invented Coca-Cola? Where and when was it invented?

Tina from Columbia, SC

Our Answer:

Coca-Cola was invented in May 1886 by Dr. John S. Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia. The name "Coca-Cola" was suggested by Dr. Pemberton's bookkeeper, Frank Robinson. He penned the name Coca-Cola in the flowing script that is famous today. Coca-Cola was first sold at a soda fountain in Jacobs' Pharmacy in Atlanta by Willis Venable.

Are the bottle caps on your products recyclable?

Sarah from Tuscaloosa, AL

Our Answer:

The closures we use on bottles are 100 percent recyclable from a technical standpoint and highly recycled. They are made from high-density materials selected for their compatibility with most recycling systems. Most recyclers use a float/sink process where PET bottles sink and the closures and labels float. For this reason, and to minimize litter, we recommend that consumers recycle their beverage bottles by putting the cap back on before placing in a recycle bin. Like the PET plastic used in our bottles, there also are end markets for the material used in the caps, such as paint pails and battery casings.

What is the difference between Coke Zero and Diet Coke?

Will from Richmond, VA

Our Answer:

Both Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar deliver the great taste of Coca-Cola, with zero calories. The beverages have different flavor profiles, and Diet Coke is sweetened with Aspartame while Coke Zero Sugar is sweetened with a blend of Aspartame and Acesulfame Potassium. If you would like more information about Aspartame, Acesulfame Potassium, and other zero calorie sweeteners, here is a handy link to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) summary article.

Besides Coca-Cola what other beverages are offered by Coca-Cola Consolidated?

Alison from Charlotte, NC

Our Answer:

Coca-Cola Consolidated's product portfolio has grown to include more than 300 brands and flavors in a wide variety of package types and sizes. We produce, distribute and market sparkling beverages, water and water beverages, juices and juice beverages, sports drinks, teas and energy drinks to help you make the choices that fit your lifestyle and taste.  If you want to reduce your calories, we offer low- and no-calorie options, as well as full-calorie options in smaller portion sizes, such as 90-calorie mini cans. Check out some of our brands by clicking here and scrolling down to see some of our beverages choices.

What is the difference between Coca-Cola Consolidated and The Coca-Cola Company?

Iri from Nashville, TN

Our Answer:

Coke Consolidated is the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. We make, sell, and deliver beverages of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies in more than 300 brands and flavors to 66 million consumers in territories spanning 14 states and the District of Columbia.

The Coca-Cola Company develops the soft drink products, produces the advertising and programs to support those products and sells syrup concentrate to Coca-Cola Consolidated and other bottlers. As a bottling company, we combine the concentrate with other ingredients to manufacture and package our refreshing beverages. We then use the extensive Coca-Cola Consolidated sales and delivery force to market and distribute the soft drinks to retail customers and consumers.

How do I find out about employment at Coca-Cola Consolidated?

Our Answer:

We appreciate your interest! We are looking for enthusiastic, qualified applicants to join our team. To learn more about employment opportunities, please click on Careers. Local newspapers and job posting boards also have information about our employment opportunities.

How can I buy Coca-Cola Consolidated stock?

Our Answer:

Coca-Cola Consolidated stock is traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol COKE. We do not have a direct purchase plan, but you may make an initial stock purchase through a broker or a bank.

What if I have a general question or concern about the soft drink industry?

Our Answer:

For questions or concerns, please contact the American Beverage Association.  Please call 202-463-6732 or email info@ameribev.org

How do I find out who my local Coca-Cola bottler is?

Brian from Louisville, KY

Our Answer:

You can find your local Coca-Cola bottler contact information by clicking this link and entering your zip code.