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1990s Coke ad

Rock Hill Coke in the 1990s

New Products and New Markets in the 1990s PowerAde, Dasani bottled water, and Fruitopia were introduced by the Coca-Cola Company in the 1990s. Political and economic changes opened vast markets that were closed or underdeveloped for decades. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Coca-Cola Company invested heavily to build plants in Eastern Europe. […]

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Rock Hill Coke in the 1970s

New Products in New Packaging In the 1970s, “Mr. Pibb” and “Mellow Yello” brands were added. Following years of research into plastic soft-drink bottles the Company introduced PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) packing in 1977 in the 2-liter size. That’s a lot of Coke During the 1970s, worldwide sales for Coca-Cola were more than 165 million drinks […]

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Rock Hill Coke in the 1960s

More Product Lines Appear The Coca-Cola Company in general and Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company in particular continued to grow during the 1960s. Several new brands were introduced, including Sprite®, Fanta®, Fresca® and Tab®. The Minute Maid Corporation merged with the Coca-Cola Company and added frozen citrus juice concentrates and Ades under the trademarks Minute […]

1950s 50th anniversary

Rock Hill Coke in the 1950s

The life of the Coca-Cola Company in general and the Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company specifically grew in important ways in the 1950s. Television Sponsorship On Thanksgiving Day in 1950, Edgar Bergen and his sidekick, Charlie McCarthy, appeared on the first live television network show sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company. Many famous celebrities were to […]

1940s soldiers

Rock Hill Coke in the 1940s, part 2

Another Mauldin Family Tragedy Another decade brought a new trial for the Mauldin Family in the 1940s. Once more the family had to depend on their faith to sustain them through the tragedy. Tragedy struck the family when their daughter, Mary Mauldin Zimmerman, died from complications during pregnancy. Mary had married Edgar Rowe Zimmerman, Jr. […]

1940s Coca-Cola ad

Rock Hill Coke in the 1940s, part 1

Progress for the Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company that continued throughout the 1930s pushed into the new decade even stronger. A New Building Makes the Newspaper During the 1940s the Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company grew enough that the company would move into a new plant facility. May 16, 1941 and June 24, 1941 articles in […]

1930s Rock Hill Coke Truck

Rock Hill Coca-Cola in the 1930s, part 2

The 1930s were a busy time for the Coca-Cola Company. The company continued to grow and to develop its products and marketing images. You can read about those changes here. While the Coca-Cola Company developed nationally and even internationally, so too did the Mauldin family in Rock Hill (and other beautiful areas of South Carolina). […]

W. M. Mauldin with 1930s cart

Rock Hill Coca-Cola in the 1930s, part 1

New Packaging and an Icon Appears Robert Woodruff’s genius and innovative marketing made it easier for people to drink Coca-Cola. Under his leadership the six-pack carton was developed. This made it easier for the housewife to buy the drink, take it home and serve to family and guests. Ad campaigns would reflect the hospitality of […]

1920s The Pause that Refreshes

Rock Hill Coca-Cola in the 1920s, part 2

A Robbery Foiled An anecdote in the Coca-Cola Bottler told how “a streak of luck was brought by the forgetfulness of Mr. W. M. Mauldin, manager of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Rock Hill, South Carolina. It saved him the loss of a large sum of money. Mark had returned to his plant early one […]

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Rock Hill Coca-Cola in the 1920s, part 1

1920s Brought Change The 1920s brought change to The Coca-Cola Company, Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company and to the Mauldin family. The number of bottlers increased in numbers from two in 1900 to approximately 1000 in 1920. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes handed down the decision of the Supreme Court that upheld trademark violations for the Coca-Cola […]