The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company is an American multinational beverage corporation incorporated under Delaware's General Corporation Law[lower-alpha 1] and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The Coca-Cola Company has interests in the manufacturing, retailing, and marketing of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups, and alcoholic beverages. The company produces Coca-Cola, the sugary drink for which its best known, invented in 1886 by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton. At the time, the product was made with coca leaves, which added an amount of cocaine to the drink, and with kola nuts, which added caffeine, so that the coca and the kola together provided a stimulative effect. This stimulative effect is the reason the drink was sold to the public as a healthy "tonic," and the coca and the kola are also the source of the name of the product and of the company.[2] In 1889, the formula and brand were sold for $2,300 (roughly $68,000 in 2021) to Asa Griggs Candler, who incorporated The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1892.

The Coca-Cola Company
FoundedJanuary 29, 1892; 129 years ago (1892-01-29)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Area served
Key people
James Quincey (chairman and CEO)
Brian Smith (president and COO)
ProductsList of The Coca-Cola Company products
Revenue US$37.27 billion (2019)[1]
US$10.09 billion (2019)[1]
US$8.92 billion (2019)[1]
Total assets US$86.38 billion (2019)[1]
Total equity US$18.98 billion (2019)[1]
Number of employees
86,200 (2019)[1]
SubsidiariesList of The Coca-Cola Company subsidiaries

The company has operated a franchised distribution system since 1889.[3] The company largely produces syrup concentrate, which is then sold to various bottlers throughout the world who hold exclusive territories. The company owns its anchor bottler in North America, Coca-Cola Refreshments.[4] The company's stock is listed on the NYSE and is part of DJIA and the S&P 500 and S&P 100 indexes. The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest producer of plastic waste.[5]