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Coca Cola reading and vocabulary

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I don't think I know anyone who hasn't tried Coca-Cola, or 'Coke'.

One of my best friends drinks it instead of coffee to get her going in the morning!

I'm sure this is not advisable, but then again, neither is coffee.

Here is some interesting information about the beverage.

Read through it then see if you can fit the vocabulary in the correct gaps.

I've given you the meanings of the world to help you out.

Lesson by Caroline


  • Debut - first public appearance.
  • Endorse - to publically support.
  • Flavours - tastes.
  • Blunder- big mistake.
  • Distinctive - unique and different to everything else.
  • Nationwide - all over the country.
  • Success - a great achievement.

Always Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola made its world _1_ at the Jacobs' Pharmacy soda fountain in Atlanta, where it sold for 5 cents a glass in 1886.

In the first year Coca-Cola creator John Pemberton sold an average of just nine glasses a day.

The company now sells 1.4 billion beverage servings every day.

John Pemberton died in 1888 without realising the _2_ of the beverage he had created.

Asa Griggs Candler, an Atlanta businessman, bought up the rights to the business between 1888 and 1891 for a total of $2,300. By 1895, the drink was in demand _3_ .
Marathon cyclists were the first athletes to _4_ Coca-Cola.

World champion and Georgia-native Bobby Walthour appeared in a 1909 newspaper advertisement that now hangs at the company's World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta.

The company, concerned by 'copycat drinks' focused its advertising on the authenticity of Coca-Cola.

It decided to create a _5_ bottle shape to assure people they were actually getting a real Coca-Cola.

In 1916, the contour bottle, which remains the signature shape of Coca-Cola today, was chosen for its attractive appearance, original design and the fact that, even in the dark, you could identify the genuine article.

It took Coca-Cola 70 years to expand into new _6_: Fanta, originally developed in the 1940s, was introduced in the 1950s; Sprite followed in 1961, with TAB in 1963 and Fresca in 1966.

Coke was guilty of "the worst marketing _7_ ever" in 1985 when it released "new Coke", changing the recipe for the first time in 99 years.

In taste tests people had said they loved the new flavour, but when it was released to the market place there was an outcry from customers and Coke was forced into U-turn, bringing back the original flavour as Coca-Cola classic.

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