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Coca-Cola products: With these 15 brands you drink Coca-Cola

This article was published on July 25, 2019 by Orange - the young portal of the Handelsblatt.

A cozy barbecue evening with friends. In addition to good food, the drinks should not be missing. On the table are next to cold beer: Cola, Fanta, Sprite and Lift apple spritzer.

In addition, water from Apollinaris or Vio and a bottle of Powerade for the fitness group. Cheers - these are all products of the largest beverage company in the world: "The Coca-Cola Company".

Coke Products: You drink Coca-Cola with these 15 brands

The American company owns more than 500 brands of alcohol-free beverages worldwide. Imagine: Of the 60 billion drinks that the world's population consumes every day, almost two billion are accounted for by Coca-Cola. In every country in the world - with the exception of Cuba and North Korea - there are products from the American company.

The Coca-Cola range is divided into four major areas:

  • Carbonated soft drinks: 70 percent (Coca-Cola, Sprite, or Fanta)
  • Water and sports drinks: 18 percent (Vio, Apollinaris or Powerade)
  • Juices, dairy products and plant-based drinks: 8 percent (including Minute Maid)
  • Tea and coffee beverages (fuzetea).

Coca-Cola products: which brands are in the range?

Coca-Cola is constantly changing and expanding the range. In addition to new inventions, Coca-Cola also buys shares in other beverage manufacturers. Coca-Cola owns 90 percent of the company shares in the smoothie brand innocent and 17 percent in the energy drink manufacturer Monster and is responsible for product sales.

Coca-Cola makes less sales but more profit in 2018

In 2018, Coca-Cola reported worldwide sales of around 31.9 billion dollars (around 28.3 billion euros). That means: In the five minutes in which you drink a Coke, the company behind it earns around 270,000 euros.

A quarter of sales come from North America, the home of Coca-Cola. There it is only referred to as "Coke". Compared to the previous year, the income decreased by about ten percent.

The net profit of Coca-Cola in 2018 was around 6.4 billion dollars worldwide. Operationally (excluding special items, interest and taxes), the group earned around $ 8.7 billion, 14 percent more than in 2017.

Coca-Cola increases sales and profits in the second quarter of 2019

To understand again: while you are drinking a Coke, the company earns around 70,000 euros. But that only applies if you look at the business figures for the whole world - they are jet black like the caffeinated soft drink.

From April to June 2019, Coca-Cola earned significantly more than in the same period of the previous year. According to its own information, the company made around 2.6 billion dollars in profit (up 13 percent) in the three months. Sales rose six percent to ten billion dollars. The company recorded the greatest growth in beverages with little or no sugar.

Which Coca-Cola products are there in Germany?

In Germany, Coca-Cola's annual reports have not been so sparkling recently. Coca-Cola in Germany is headquartered in Berlin and operates under the name "Coca-Cola European Partners Deutschland GmbH". The German subsidiary employs a good 8,500 of the 61,000 employees worldwide (as of 2017).

According to the annual report in the Federal Gazette, Coca-Cola had a turnover of 2.4 billion euros in Germany in 2017. That means: around eight percent of Coca-Cola's revenues worldwide come from the German market. While the company earns very well across all countries, Coca-Cola in Germany recently only posted a mini profit of 28.3 million euros on its balance sheet.

According to its own information, Coca-Cola sells “80 different products in Germany, from soft drinks with and without sugar to water, spritzers, juices, nectars and even tea and coffee drinks”. According to the website, the following 17 brands are currently part of the Coca-Cola range in Germany:

  • Coke
  • Coca-Cola light
  • Coca-Cola Zero Sugar
  • Fanta
  • mezzo mix
  • Powerade
  • Sprite
  • Apollinaris
  • Chaqwa
  • Lift apple spritzer
  • Vio (organic lemonade, spritzer, mineral water)
  • Fuze Tea
  • Adez
  • Glacéau smartwater
  • Honest organic tea
  • Honest organic lemonade
  • Aquarius

The story of Coca-Cola

The success story of Coca-Cola began more than 130 years ago with a coincidence: In 1886, the American doctor and pharmacist John Pemberton invented a syrup that was supposed to relieve headaches and tiredness. Mixed with water, this creates the drink Coca-Cola.

The name refers to two ingredients: the coca plant and the caffeinated kola nut. The drug cocaine is made from some varieties of the coca plant. The drug was used as a local anesthetic, headache, or cough remedy at the time. Until 1906 the drink is said to have contained coke. Pemberton's accountant, Frank Robinson, changed the "K" s into more peppy and modern "C" s and designed the name Coca-Cola and the lettering that has remained almost unchanged to this day.

What is intended as a drug will soon become a hit in bars in the United States, where you can buy it for just five cents a glass. Two years after the invention, the entrepreneur Asa Candler bought the rights to Coca-Cola for just $ 2,300 and founded The Coca-Cola Company four years later, in 1892. The demand for Coca-Cola continues to grow in the USA.

From 1899, The Coca-Cola Company granted the license to fill Coca-Cola to independent entrepreneurs. Because the company wants to manufacture its beverages where the products are also sold. This means that filling contracts are concluded with local companies. The contract allows these so-called concessionaires to produce, bottle and sell the products of The Coca-Cola Company in their region.

Was the Fanta invented in Germany?

Coca-Cola did not come to Germany until 1929. Here it is represented by two subsidiaries: Coca-Cola GmbH and Coca-Cola European Partners Germany (CCEP DE). While Coca-Cola GmbH is responsible for marketing and product and packaging development, among other things, CCEP DE, as the concessionaire, is responsible for the production and sale of the beverages.

What hardly anyone in Germany knows today: The cult drink Fanta has German roots. During the Second World War there was a shortage of raw materials in the production of Coca-Cola in Germany. Max Keith, then managing director of Coca-Cola GmbH in Essen, asked his chief chemist Wolfgang Scheteling to develop an alternative.

He mixed the first Fanta from whey and apple pulp. In terms of taste, however, it had little to do with today's Fanta. The orange-flavored Fanta as we know it today was created in Italy and came to Germany in 1959. Since then, there have been many different flavors in addition to the classic Fanta.

Did Coca-Cola invent Santa Claus?

In addition to the many products that we know from Coca-Cola, the myth of Santa Claus is what is probably first associated with Coca-Cola. So much in advance: Santa Claus is not an invention of Coca-Cola.

The idea of ​​Santa Claus goes back to Bishop Nikolaus von Myra, who lived in what is now Turkey in the 4th century. A kind and generous man, he helped a poor man in his village.

Over the years, many different customs and legends have developed on this basis. The appearance of the figure also kept changing. And this is where Coca-Cola comes in. The Coca-Cola Company first used a Santa Claus in Christmas advertising in 1920. At that time it still had a different appearance.

The now well-known figure of Coca-Cola Santa Claus was created in 1931. The cartoonist Haddon Sundblom is responsible for his appearance. He designed the facial expression and the white beard and dressed it in the Coca-Cola colors red and white.

Even today, Coca-Cola still relies on the red and white Santa Claus for the Christmas season, who I'm sure everyone knows from advertising, in order to market his most famous product to this day, the Coca-Cola.

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