Our drinks have a history spanning more than 130 years, so it’s no wonder there’s a treasure trove of trivia about our brands just waiting to be discovered. Quench your thirst for knowledge with our next instalment of weird and wonderful
Last month we served up the first in a series of articles bringing to light little-known facts about our drinks. We’ve dug deep into the
From world records to water use, and recipes to recycling, we’ve got something to satisfy even the most knowledgeable
Fact 1: Sparkling drinks count towards your daily recommended water intake
We all know we need to drink plenty of fluids each day to stay healthy; 6-8 glasses to be precise, if you’re following Food Standards Agency recommendations.
You may not have realised, though, that soft drinks – including sparkling drinks and drinks containing caffeine – count towards your daily recommended intake of water. Our reduced sugar and ‘no sugar, no calories’ drinks contain up to 99% water, which is good news for your hydration levels!
Fact 2: The handwritten secret recipe for
Coca-Cola is kept in a high security vault
The formula for
But it wasn’t until 1919 that the recipe for the drink we all know and love was actually written down. The piece of paper the formula was handwritten on was kept under lock and key for almost 95 years, until it was moved to a high security vault at the World of
Fact 3: It takes just six weeks for our bottles to be recycled, filled and restocked in shops
Ever wondered what happens to our plastic drinks bottles once you pop them in the recycling bin? As all our bottles are 100% recyclable, once they’ve paid a visit to your local waste processing centre, they get sent on to a specialist recycling facility. Here, they are sorted by colour then shredded to make recycled plastic pellets.
These are mixed with new plastic pellets ready to be made into new bottles – currently, 25% of the material in every bottle we produce is recycled plastic, but we are working towards doubling that by 2020. Once these are filled with our delicious drinks, they’re boxed and sent out to shops, ready to quench the thirst of another customer. The whole process takes under two months.
Fact 4: The largest collection of soft drinks cans contains over 10,500
Built up over a period of more than 30 years, this impressive horde of
Over the years, we’ve been lucky enough to work with an incredible line-up of fashion designers who’ve given our glass bottles and cans a limited-edition makeover in their signature style. From Matthew Williamson and Manolo Blahnik in the noughties, to Jean-Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs earlier this decade, our drinks have been dressed by some of the biggest names in the fashion world.
Fact 5: Sprite is named after a 1940s advertising character
In the early 1940s, an elf-like cartoon character named Sprite Boy started appearing in
On the hunt for more trivia? Check out last month’s five flavourful factoids.
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