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soft drinks. Several of the entries below also have expanded information
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The term "soda water" first coined.
U.S. patent issued for the manufacture of imitation mineral waters.
fountain" patented by Samuel Fahnestock.
The first bottled soda water in the U.S.
A manual hand & foot operated filling & corking device, first used
for bottling soda water.
ale created in Ireland.
The term "pop" first coined.
The first ice-cream soda sold.
Root beer mass produced for public sale.
The first cola-flavored beverage introduced.
Aderton invented "Dr
Pepper" in Waco, Texas.
John S. Pemberton invented "Coca-Cola"
in Atlanta, Georgia.
William Painter invented the crown bottle cap.
is invented by Caleb Bradham.
The first patent issued for a glass blowing machine, used to produce glass
Gas motored trucks replaced horse drawn carriages as delivery vehicles.
American Bottlers of Carbonated Beverages formed.
The U.S. Census reported that more than 5,000 bottlers now exist.
first automatic vending
machines dispensed sodas into cups.
Six-pack soft drink cartons called "Hom-Paks" created.
Howdy Company debuted its new drink "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Sodas"
later called "7
Up". Invented by Charles Leiper Grigg.
Applied color labels first used on soft drink bottles, the coloring was
baked on the face of the bottle.
The first diet soft drink sold called the "No-Cal Beverage" a gingerale
sold by Kirsch.
The first aluminum cans used.
The first diet cola sold.
The pull-ring tab first marketed by the Pittsburgh Brewing Company of Pittsburgh,
PA. The pull-ring tab was invented by Alcoa.
The Schlitz Brewing company introduced the "Pop Top" beer can to the nation
in March, invented by Ermal Fraze of Kettering, Ohio.
Soft drinks in cans dispensed from vending machines.
The resealable top invented.
American Bottlers of Carbonated Beverages renamed The National Soft Drink
Plastic bottles are used for soft drinks.
The PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottle created.
The stay-on tab invented. Introduced by the Falls City Brewing Company
of Louisville, KY.
Yello soft drink is introduced by the Coca Cola company as competition against
The "talking" vending machine invented.
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