WASHINGTON, March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
BIRTH OF A BRAND
Profile America — Thursday, March 30th. One of the most successful brand names of all time got its start this week in 1886. That's when Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton brewed up the first batch of Coca-Cola–designed as a hangover cure. The product went on sale at Jacob's pharmacy a few weeks later, and sold an average of nine servings a day at the start. Success followed quickly, and until 1905, contained extracts of cocaine, as well as the caffeine-rich kola nut. Today, the firm's products account for close to two billion servings a day around the world. Americans on average drink 40 about gallons of carbonated soft drinks a year, a rate that has been in decline lately. Still, some 47,000 people are employed in the $44 billion a year business of soft drink manufacturing. Profile America is in its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Creation/accessed 1/5/2017: http://www.healthcentral.com/dailydose/2015/4/3/1st_batch_of_coca_cola_march_29_1886/
First sales and history/accessed 1/5/2017: http://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/the-chronicle-of-coca-cola-birth-of-a-refreshing-idea/
Daily servings/accessed 1/5/2017: http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/faq/products/how-many-cans-of-coca-cola-are-sold-worldwide-in-a-day/
Consumption/accessed 1/5/2017: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/upshot/soda-industry-struggles-as-consumer-tastes-change.html?_r=0
Soft drink employment and receipts/Annual Survey of Manufacturers/NAICS 312111: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ASM/2015/31GS101//naics~312111
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau