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When you think soft drinks, two brand names probably come to mind right away – Coke and Pepsi. These two have been battling for their share of the soft drink market for as long as most of us can remember. But which one came first? Even if you have long ago selected your favorite between the two, you may not be aware of the long and winding road each has taken to arrive on the shelves of your local grocery store today.

The entire history of these two companies and their products is much too involved for this short article, but we’ll quickly highlight their stories below.

A Quick History of Coca-Cola

The story of Coca-Cola dates back all the way to 1886. It was the creation of a man named Dr. John S. Pemberton, who would live just two more years after taking this new product to market. As is often the case with products that go on to have huge success, Coca-Cola didn’t exactly fly off the shelves early on. In fact, less than 10 servings were sold on an average day in the first year, when the drink was sold for 5 cents in Atlanta.

Despite the death of its original creator, Coca-Cola enjoyed a steady rise in popularity in the coming years. In addition to being served at soda fountains, the product began to be bottled in 1894, and eventually, the contour bottle that is so closely associated today with Coca-Cola was developed.

A Quick History of Pepsi

While the story of Pepsi does not quite date back as far as that of Coke, it’s certainly close. Pepsi can be traced back to 1893, although at that point it was sold under the name ‘Brad’s Drink’. It was made and sold at a drugstore in New Bern, North Carolina. The idea was not only to offer a drink which tasted good but would also boost energy and improve digestion. Only five years after its creation, the name of the product was changed from Brad’s Drink to Pepsi-Cola.

Pepsi went through struggles during the Great Depression, entering bankruptcy and having the assets sold to a new owner. After another ownership change, the product began to find its footing by coming in at a lower price point than Coca-Cola. Once Pepsi had captured a meaningful share of the market, it continued to grow and the rivalry with Coke was established – and it continues to this day.

Which Do You Prefer?

So which cola came first – Coke or Pepsi? Coke came before Pepsi, although only by a few years. Dr. John S. Pemberton created Coca Cola in 1886 while Pepsi did not come about until 1893. Both companies have long histories, and each has had some ups and downs along the way. Not only are Pepsi and Coca-Cola popular drinks in their own right, but each company today has extensive holdings which include many other drinks and various products. Both are huge success stories, of course, and most consumers today have a preference of which drink they favor over the other. Which one is the winner for you? Find your favorite and buy glass bottle soda online at our shop!

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