125 years of Pepsi
Published on: February 15, 2019
Can you remember a time before Pepsi? We’re guessing you can’t, no matter how far back you try and remember. Pepsi is undoubtedly one of the most recognised global brands but did you know that it is also one of the oldest brands around. In fact, people have been drinking Pepsi for more than 125 years?
The popular cola flavoured, fizzy drink, which is now commonly found all over the world, was first created in North Carolina in the United States. Originally named Brad’s Drink after the man who created it, Caleb Bradman, it was renamed Pepsi-Cola in 1898. The cola was later dropped from the official name in 1961 when it simply became known as Pepsi.
Now a huge global brand, (in 2018 it was ranked 29 in The World’s Most Valuable Brands*) Pepsi has secured iconic status in pop culture over the years. This is in part down to Pepsi’s use of celebrities in its adverts and marketing. Famous names who have endorsed the drink over the years include Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, One Direction, Beyoncé and more recently Kendall Jenner.
Pepsi also has a strong association with major sporting events and has sponsored the Super Bowl halftime show for six consecutive years. Interestingly the audience for the half-time show is bigger than for the game itself.
The famous drink has also featured in numerous films over the years including Home Alone, Wayne’s World, Fight Club and Back to the Future II where a fictional version of Pepsi called Pepsi Perfect was shown.
Over the years the Pepsi range has expanded to meet demand for diet and sugar free versions as well as different flavours. Their popular drinks now include original Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Pepsi Max Cherry, Pepsi Max Ginger all of which are available from Forrest Fresh Foods.