12 Things You Didn’t Know About Pepsi (Slideshow)
Bringing Together Chips and Soda
PepsiCo, Inc. is the brand we know it as today due to a merger of two companies: Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay.
Pepsi-Cola was the first American consumer product to be produced, marketed, and sold in the former Soviet Union.
From Horse and Buggy to Truck
One of the first companies in the U.S. to do away with the horse-drawn carriage method of transporting product was in fact the Pepsi‐Cola Company. The company switched over to motor vehicles and no one has looked back — except maybe Budweiser what with their Clydesdales.
Bigger Is Better
Pepsi was the first beverage company to introduce the 2-liter bottle to hold larger quantities of their drinks (and for a higher price).
If you’re a National Football League or National Baseball League fanatic, you can thank Pepsi for being the official sponsor of both leagues.
Getting on Board with Diet Soda
Pepsi Light was the "original" Diet Pepsi that was considered an alternative to regular Cola. This product had a distinct lemon flavor and just one calorie.
Adding in the Juice
Slice and Diet Slice, both Pepsi products, were the first major soft drinks to be made with fruit juice.
Starbucks Catches On
The North American Coffee Partnership is actually just the joining of Starbucks and Pepsi to created bottled, ready-to-drink Starbucks beverages.
Developing a Water
Aquafina is a bottled water product made by PepsiCo.
Mountain Dew Does Well at Gas Stations
As of 2012, Mountain Dew was the top selling 20-ounce brand in the Gas and Convenience channel.
Super Bowl Status
Pepsi has been a big player in the Super Bowl commercial world since 1987, and as of 2011 (the most recent available statistics), more than 125 Pepsi beverage products had been advertised during the big game. We're sure after the past few years that number has jumped even higher.
And if you actually hate cola, then grab an Aquafina while you’re at a Major League Baseball game, because they’re the official water sponsor of the MLB.