Our History

On May 8, 1886, Dr. John Pemberton served the world’s first Coca‑Cola at Jacobs' Pharmacy in Atlanta, Ga. From that one iconic drink, we’ve evolved into a total beverage company. 

More than 2.1 billion servings of our drinks are enjoyed in more than 200 countries and territories each day. And it’s the 700,000 individuals employed by The Coca‑Cola Company and 225+ bottling partners that help to deliver refreshment across the globe.

A Rich History: Refreshing the World and Making a Difference

For more than 135 years, the Coca‑Cola Company has been a part of people’s lives at holidays, special events, and everyday occasions. From our iconic brands and advertising to our sustainability initiatives around the world, the Coca‑Cola company aims to refresh the world while making a difference.

Vintage colorful illustration of a hand holding a Coca-Cola bottle in front of a terrestrial globe

The Extraordinary Story of How Diet Coke Came to Be

In the summer of 1980, a Coca‑Cola planning manager named Jack Carew was tapped to lead a project that had been percolating within the company for two decades but never came to fruition – to introduce a “diet” version of Coca‑Cola.

Antique black and white photograph of 1920's dance show with Diet Coke decoration

Coca‑Cola’s First Bottle

The contour bottle has been celebrated in art, music and advertising. Read the story of the collaboration that began in 1915 and turned into one of the most famous shaper in the world.

Antique illustration of a Coca-Cola bottle