It is one of biggest corporations in the world. Coca-cola sells 1.8 billion bottles every day.
Here we will reveal five darkest secrets of coca-cola since its creation.
The pharmacist John Pemberton created Coca-cola. It was a drink with ingredients including cocaine and alcohol and at first, was called coca ethylene.
The drink was declared illegal in his home city of Atlanta following new temperance laws in 1885.
After this Pemberton created a new formula that replaced the wine with sugar syrup.
He created a new product in 1886, but Coca-cola still contained cocaine until 1903.
Coca-cola became utterly cocaine-free in 1929. Nowadays version still contains coca leaf extract. But, the alkaloid ecgonine, which can be synthesized into cocaine has been removed.
The company called Stephany. Which is located in New Jersey make the chemical processing of extraction from coca leaf.
It is the only company that the U. S government authorized to import coca leaves.
In 2003, Stephany imported 175,000 kilograms of cola leaves for coca-cola. Enough to make over 200 million dollars worth of cocaine.
In 1939 coca-cola Deutschland was the most successful international operations.
With 43 bottling plants setting new sales records. When World War 2 started, the production of coca cola was interrupted due to embargoes and rationing.
To circumvent embargoes. German operation head of coca cola Max Keith created a new product using only ingredients available in Germany. Those include whey(a by-product of cheese), and pomace (the fibrous remains of pressed apples).
This new drink was called Fanta for the German word for “fantasy.”
In 2001 a lawsuit was on behalf of the Colombian labor union Sinaltrainal in U.S district court.
They accused coca-cola and its Colombian bottling partners of using paramilitary death squads to murder, torture and kidnap labor union leaders.
The suit stated that the company hired far-right militias of the United self-defense forces of Colombia (AUC) to murder nine union members.
The suit was dismissed against all parties in 2005 because the coca cola company did not own the Colombian bottling plants.
Even though they owned a controlling interest in the Mexican company that did.
“A substantial factor in her death.” That how coca cola was described in 2010 by Coroners report on the death of a 31-year-old woman in New Zealand.
She was drinking 10 liters of soft drink a day.
This habit delivered over 2.2 pounds of sugar and a gram of caffeine daily. Playing a substantial role in the cardiac arrhythmia that killed Harris.
Her family described the coke habit as an addiction that would result in withdrawal levels in Harris blood which can affect cardiac function.