Coca-Cola is a carbonated soft drink sold in stores, restaurants, and vending machines in every country except Cuba and North Korea.
It is produced by The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia, and is often referred to simply as Coke (a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company in the United States since March 27, 1944).
Originally intended as a patent medicine when it was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton, Coca-Cola was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler, whose marketing tactics led Coke to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century.
Here are some interesting facts about this highly popular drink and its producer:
1. 3.1% of all beverages consumed around the world are Coca-Cola products
2. Coke makes so many different beverages that if you drink one per day, it would take you over 9 years to try them all
3. Coca-Cola's $35.1 billion in revenue makes it the 84th largest economy in the world, just ahead of Costa Rica
4. The Coca-Cola brand is worth an estimated $74 billion: more than Budweiser, Pepsi, Starbucks and Red Bull combined
5. Although Coca-Cola revenue was 38% less than PepsiCo's last year, Coke generated more in soft drink revenue - around $28 billion vs. $12 billion
6. If every drop of Coke ever produced were put in 8-ounce bottles and laid end-to-end, they would reach the moon and back over 2,000 times
8. The red and white Coca-Cola logo is recognized by 94% of the world's population
9. There are 33 non-alcoholic brands that generate over $1 billion in revenue. Coca-Cola owns a whopping 15 of them
10. Around the world, the average person consumes a Coke product every four days
11. Coca-Cola spends more money on advertising than Microsoft and Apple combined
12. Americans ingest 1.7 million tons - or 10.8 pounds per person - of sugar each year from Coca-Cola alone
13. The average Mexican drinks more Coke products than the average American, British, Indian, and Chinese combined
14. Coke uses 300,000 tons of aluminium for its cans every year just for its US operations. That's equal to 17.4% of what the entire US aluminum industry produces
15. Coca-Cola sells more than 1000 kinds of juice drinks, including: Simply, Minute Maid, Fruitopia, Hi-C, Fuze and Odwalla
7. If you stacked up Coke's 2.8 million vending machines, they would take up 150.2 million cubic feet of space - the size of 4 Empire State Buildings