The Coca-Cola Company today celebrates its global 132nd birthday and 90 years of operation in Africa.
Marked as Founder’s Day, 8 May 1886 was when Dr. John S. Pemberton sold the first Coca-Cola for just 5 cents in Atlanta, Georgia USA.
Ninety years ago, in 1928, the first Coca-Cola was sold on the continent, in Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa.
Today, with the help of more than 55 bottling partners, the company has expanded into nearly all sub-Saharan African countries through its Coca-Cola export business. Coca-Cola, along with a wide portfolio of products like Bonaqua, Dasani, Fuze Tea, Mazoe, Glaceau VitaminWater are becoming available ‘within an arm’s reach of desire’ to consumers.
To make this possible, the company has invested over the past nine decades in creating jobs, bringing new technologies to each country and improving distribution networks. It has also worked to empower communities and contribute to environmental sustainability throughout its markets in Africa.