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10 Coca-Cola Drinks That Embarrassed The Company

10 Coca-Cola Drinks That Embarrassed The Company

The Coca-Cola Company was started in 1886
by a pharmacist named John Pemberton and the first product sold was the iconic Coca-Cola.
Today, Coca-Cola Company now has over 500 different products being sold in around 200
countries. But since Coca-Cola has released so many different products over the years,
it also means that there have been some products that were not so well received (along with
a couple of fake products which, if real, would make people wonder who was in charge
of product development over there at Coke). So let’s sip on the Top 10 Coca-Cola drinks
that embarrassed the company. New Coke A lot of companies go through changes during
their time, and It’s impossible for such a long standing brand like Coca-Cola to not
switch up a few things about its products over the years. In 1985, Coca-Cola was losing
sales to other competing soda brands so it decided that Coke needed a change up. Coke
decided to change its formula and release a new and improved New Coke in hopes of regaining
the lost sales. However, it didn’t exactly go as planned as the company received major backlash
for the change. The company headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia received over 40,000 calls
and letters from people complaining about their favourite drink’s new flavor. The
company’s phone hotline started getting over 1000 calls a day instead of the usual
400. A man named Gay Mullins even started an organization called the Old Cola Drinkers
of America, and attempted to file a class action lawsuit against the drink company (he
didn’t win). Because of the excessive backlash, after only 3 months of New Coke being sold,
Coca-Cola reverted back to the old formula. Despite the backlash though, the sales of
Coke did start to rise again, which led some people to believe that the entire ordeal was
just a clever marketing ploy to bring more attention to the company. OK Soda An important part of marketing is knowing
how to grab the attention of a specific audience. In 1993, Coca-Cola decided that it needed
to start marketing towards Generation X through a new drink called OK Soda. The product was
named OK because it’s the most recognized word around the globe (and Coke was second
of course), and it was meant to appeal to Generation X through the use of cynical and
disillusioned slogans and aesthetics. The man behind the marketing concept was none
other than the same person who was in charge of New Coke, so it’s no wonder the product
flopped. The design of the cans were pretty different than the usual Coke cans, the bright
red is replaced with simple grey tones and somber cartoon faces. On each can was a sentence
from the OK Soda manifesto, that included things like, “What’s the point of OK? Well,
what’s the point of anything”  and “OK Soda emphatically rejects anything that is
not OK, and fully supports anything that is”. The drink was also known for its unique marketing,
which included a set of offbeat commercials targeted towards a generation that didn’t
like mass-media marketing. These included a series formatted like chainmail, and filled
with messages like “Take a quick glimpse at our product” and “insert overused slogan
here”. But clearly the strange anti-advertising strategy didn’t do much, as OK Soda died
out in 1995, only two years after its release. It must have been ahead of its time. Coca-Cola Blak Coca-Cola is known for its variety of different
Coke flavors ranging from cherry to vanilla to Coke Zero, so it’s never a surprise when
the company comes out with yet another flavor of the classic beverage. This one was a bit
different however, as it was actually marketed as an energy drink instead of just another
flavor of Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola Blak was first released in France in 2006 and moved to the
American market quite quickly after. Its main selling point was its high levels of caffeine,
making it a competitor to other energy drinks on the market. Coke is already a drink with
plenty of caffeine in it. In a 12oz can of classic Coca-Cola, there’s 34mg of caffeine,
which is around 3 times less than the amount in a cup of coffee of the same size. Coca-Cola
Blak however, contained 46mg of caffeine in a bottle that was only 10oz instead of the
usual 12oz. After doing the calculations, one can come to the conclusion that Coca-Cola
Blak contains nearly twice the amount of caffeine per ounce as normal Coke does. Many people
who tried the drink did not like its flavor and this along with the fact that it was competing
against bigger energy drink companies such as Red Bull for sales is probably why Coca-Cola
Blak was discontinued in 2008. Sprite Remix Like we saw earlier in this list with OK Soda,
Coca-Cola likes to hop on to trends and try to make the concepts of its products relatable
to the youth of the era so that they will increase sales. This was the case in 2003
when Coca-Cola decided to hop on to the DJ and remix trends of the early 2000s in order
to catch the attention of young people by releasing a series of 3 flavors of Sprite
Remixes. The lemon-lime flavored soda, Sprite has existed in the United States since 1961
and is one of the most popular drinks from the Coca-Cola company, but obviously Coca-Cola
decided it needed to be switched up a bit. Sprite Remix was a series of colorless and caffeine
free drinks, and also a line of powder packets that could be poured in and mixed with normal
Sprite to achieve the new flavor. Before the line of products was discontinued in 2005,
Sprite Remix had released three flavors for each. For the drinks there was Tropical Remix,
Berryclear Remix, and Aruba Jam Remix, and the powder packs came in grape, vanilla, and
cherry flavors. The drinks were apparently actually quite good and people were delighted
when Coca-Cola re-released the Tropical Remix flavor for a limited time in Spring of 2016,
11 years after the product was discontinued. C2 It’s well known that sodas aren’t the
healthiest drinks, as they contain a high amount of sugars and calories, so it’s no
surprise that some soda lovers would prefer a healthy carbonated drink. To hop on to the
low-carb diet trend of the early 2000s, Coca-Cola released the Coca-Cola C2 in Japan in 2002,
and in the United States in 2004. But the product wasn’t exactly what people wanted.
C2 was marketed as having half of the carbs, calories, and sugar of normal Coca-Cola, which
makes it fall somewhere halfway between classic Coke and Diet Coke. If someone wanted to
drink a low calorie Coke, all they would have to do was drink some Coke Zero, a zero calorie
version of Coke that entered the market at around the same time as C2. Having an option
between diet and normal was a strange decision and it’s no wonder that the sales weren’t
living up to the expectations. Some people think that C2 was supposed to act as some
sort of transitional period to full diet soda, but let’s be real here, is it really that
hard to make the switch? Apparently not, because Coca-Cola C2 was pulled off the shelves in
2007, three years after its release. Coke Life During the 2010s, the diet fad had shifted
from people wanting to avoid carbs to people wanting to avoid sugar. And once again, Coca-Cola
decided to hop on to the craze and create a new product that fit the mold. In 2014,
Coca-Cola Life was released, a drink that looks like normal Coke but made with natural
sweeteners instead of sugar. The drink also only contained 89 calories per can, rather
than the usual 139 in normal Coke. The drink came in green packaging to signify that it
was environmentally friendly or good for the health and all that other stuff we associate
with the term “being green”. Because the drink contained 45% less sugar than normal
Coke, you would assume that it makes it better for your health, but that is not necessarily
the case here. The drink is sweetened with Steviol glycoside rather than sugar, which
is a derived from the Stevia plant. Because it’s derived from a plant, Coca-Cola was
able to advertise it as a healthy, natural option, when in reality the techniques used
to extract the steviol glycoside were unsavory. Many people did not approve of this, especially
in the UK where the drink was discontinued in 2017 due to low sales. Garlic Coke Since around 2014, there’s been an image
making its rounds on the Internet of a purple can of Coca-Cola with the word “garlic”
on it. Accompanied with the image was text stating that the product was available in
Romania, or occasionally other locations. Luckily though, this garlic flavored Coke
is a hoax created by photoshopping a purple can of Cherry Coke to say “garlic” instead.
But many people believed the drink was real and were absolutely disgusted by the concept
of it, so imagine their dismay if they were told that this drink actually does exist elsewhere,
sort of. Aomori is a city known as the garlic capital of Japan due the large amount of garlic
it harvests in July. The city’s released a variety of strange garlic flavored products
such as ice cream and beer, but it decided it needed a new use for its extensive amount
of garlic so it released a product called Jats Takkola. The drink is a type of cola
similar to Coca-Cola that contains finely ground pieces of garlic. The drinker is advised
to shake the drink well before consumption to make sure the garlic is well mixed in.
I can’t imagine the taste is anything pleasant, but apparently the concoction is good for
the heart, so maybe Coca-Cola should pick up the idea for its next health driven product. Tab Clear Tab was a soft drink manufactured by the Coca-Cola
company starting in 1963, and is still being sold today. It was Coca-Cola’s first ever
diet soda and it came out before the days of Diet Coke and Coke Zero. Like any successful
Coca-Cola product, Tab needed to grow and add new flavors to its collection once the
original was losing sales. In the 1990s, clear cola was all the rage so in 1992, Coca-Cola
decided to release Tab Clear, a variation of normal Tab that was clear in colour while
still tasting like the original. The drink was most likely released to compete
with the clear soda of Coca-Cola’s biggest rival company, Pepsi. Except instead of trying
to make its product more successful, Coca-Cola actually set out to destroy both of them in
a strange kamikaze marketing strategy. Because Tab Clear was marketed as a diet drink, the
company knew it would not be successful. When placed in stores near Crystal Pepsi, it would
confuse customers into thinking that the clear Pepsi drink was also diet, causing it to lose
sales. This self-destructing marketing actually worked and ended up causing Pepsi Crystal
to be discontinued in 1993. So was Tab Clear, in 1994 but that was all a part of the plan. Bacon Coca-Cola The bacon flavored food trend has been going
on for a while now, and there are all sorts of products on the market that throw bacon
into foods that should never contain bacon. These include things like bacon vodka, bacon
coffee, bacon mints, bacon water, bacon chocolate, and more. So naturally, there should be a
bacon flavored Coke shouldn’t there? There’s been an image of a bacon flavored Coca-Cola
can making its way through the Internet for a while now but to the disappointment of bacon
lovers everywhere, this product does not actually exist. Just like garlic Coke, this can is
nothing but a photoshopped image of a normal Diet Coke can. However if you really do want
to try a bacon flavored soda, it does exist within companies like Jones Soda, Lockhart
Smokehouse, and Rocket Fizz, but none of those are the same as a classic Coca-Cola soda.
Considering the amount of trends we’ve seen Coca-Cola hop on to over the years, it’s
not surprising that some people believed the bacon flavored Coke was the real thing. Maybe
eventually it’ll be released, but until then, people will just keep having to photoshop
their dreams of bacon Coke into reality. Coca-Cola’s Beverly As a globalized company, Coca-Cola has different
products all over the world, some of which are exclusive to a particular country. For
example, Japan has a green tea flavored Coke, raspberry Coke in New Zealand, and Inca Kola
in Peru. Italy’s exclusive Coca-Cola product was a drink called Beverly, which made its
debut in 1969 and was sold all the way up to 2009, when it was finally discontinued.
The drink is a non-alcoholic aperitif, a type of alcohol consumed before meals in order
to stimulate the appetite. It’s no secret that non-alcoholic alcoholic beverages are
pretty gross, so it’s amazing that the drink stayed in the market for 40 years. Part of
Beverly’s charm is actually just how gross it tastes. On Coca-Cola’s own website, the
title of the page about the drink is “Beverly- Love It or Hate It”, proving that at least
it’s self aware. The drink is extremely bitter and also slightly herbal, and many
people find it extremely unpleasant to drink. One of Beverly’s most successful market’s
isn’t actually in Italy where it was sold, but at the various World of Coca-Cola museums,
where there are tasting areas for people to try drinks that aren’t sold in their home
countries. Because of its unique, slightly disgusting flavor, Beverly is one of the most
popular of the taste testing drinks at the museums. What flavor of Coke would you want to see?
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100 thoughts on “10 Coca-Cola Drinks That Embarrassed The Company


  2. I actually really like the Coca Cola Life made with Stevia plant based sweeteners. Can get it at the store or in my university's vending machines.

    If I wasn't concerned about getting kidney stones I'd buy more Coke products.

  3. Did u know that red bulls and some other energy drinks have bull sperm in it. Think of that next time u drink one.also diet is worse for u than regular

  4. Narrator is stupid. Zero isn't a flavour of coke they just took the sugar out. Oh and saying milligrams of caffeine but showing millilitres on screen is fucking lazy.

  5. Ummmmm so
    I got an ad right and
    It was a marshmallow song
    But the app was called Daily yoga
    What the REDACTED

  6. id like to see a coke variety pack of different flavors, also having a pack dedicated to gross/inedible stuff, excluding gum

  7. Just had a convo with my landlord about the original coke-recipe, the one that included cocain leaf extract.

  8. I wish that they would bring Lime Coke back. I also wish that they would have Raspberry Coke in cans like in New Zealand. You can only get Raspberry Coke as a fountain drink at a fast food restaurant.

  9. They still make c2 I know because it's only in Asia my mom's friend owns an Asian market and they get c2 because everyone loves it it's a really good green tea drink

  10. I liked Coke Life as well. It was a good concept and they should’ve just like, made it actually healthy lol,

  11. New Coke was a distraction used to switch from cane sugar to corn syrup. Coke Classic came back with a different sweetener after Pepsi tasting New Coke and mostly no body realized the switch.

  12. Your thumbnail is more clickbaity then the porn stars on pornhub and on that level, the voice acting is worst then the porn stars acting in one video

  13. Bacon flavour pop is sold in stores near me and I all find it is disgusting! Yet I haven’t tried it before but knowing the grease in bacon is not what I advised you guys to try!!!! Mayger health risks

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