Did Coca-Cola only sell 25 bottles in their first year? This is a factoid that’s often presented online as a motivational piece of history to show struggling businesses and individuals that success may be just around the corner. But how much of it is true? Did Coca-Cola only sell 25 bottles in their first year? Despite the good intentions of the factoid, Coca-Coal did considerably better, but you wouldn’t consider it a roaring success.
The journey of Coca-Cola started in an Atlanta pharmacy in 1886 as a tonic. With some considerably different ingredients to the current formula, such as cocaine, we think treating the beverage as a tonic may have been the right course of action.