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An old photo of the inventor of Coca-Cola, Dr. John Pemberton, in the 1800s

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 firstsold at a soda fountain in Jacobs' Pharmacy in Atlanta by Willis Venable.

During the first year, sales of Coca-Cola averaged nine drinks a day, adding up to total sales for that year of $50. Today, products of The Coca-Cola Company are consumed at the rate of more than 1.9 billion drinks per day.

A photo of St. Jacob's Pharmacy in the 1800s

To learn more about the history of The Coca-Cola Company, we encourage you to visit the Heritage section of our Global website.