Fact File about the Invention of Pepsi: Invention: Pepsi *** Date of Invention:
1893 *** Name of Inventor: Caleb Davis Bradham *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1867 - 1934 *** Nationality of Inventor: American *** Historical Period: Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian (1850 - 1914) *** Category: Food and Drink *** Country of Origin: America *** Facts about the Inventor, Caleb Davis Bradham, and the invention of
Fact 1: Who invented Pepsi? Pepsi was invented by Caleb Davis Bradham in
1893 during the Second US Industrial Revolution era of inventions (1850 - 1914).
Fact 2: Who invented Pepsi? Prior to the invention of Pepsi in 1893, The
British inventor Joseph Priestley invented Soda in 1767 and John S. Pemberton
invented Coca Cola in 1885.
Fact 3: Who invented Pepsi? The inventor of Pepsi, Caleb Davis Bradham, was born on May 27, 1867 in Chinquapin, North Carolina, United States and died on February 19, 1934.
Fact 4: Who invented Pepsi? The early years of Caleb Davis Bradham were spent in Chinquapin, North Carolina, United States where he was raised by his family.
His father's name was George Washington Bradham and his mother's name was Julia
McCann Bradham. Caleb Bradham was educated at University of North Carolina and the University of Maryland
School of Medicine.
Fact 5: Who invented Pepsi? Caleb Bradham had to leave the University of
Maryland School of Medicine due to lack of funds as a result of his father's
bankruptcy. He returned to his home in Chinquapin to help his family during the
Fact 6: Who invented Pepsi? Caleb Bradham took a job as a public school
teacher but soon set up his own business by opening a drug store in New Bern in
Craven County, North Carolina named the "Bradham Drug Company". At this time in
history many drug stores had a soda fountain installed in an attempt to create
effervescent mineral waters with curative powers.
Fact 7: Who invented Pepsi? Bradham Drug Company had installed a soda
fountain and Caleb Bradham invented a new soda recipe, he called "Brad's Drink",
consisting of a blend of kola nut extract, pepsin, vanilla, sugar and "rare
oils". Cola nuts come from the Cola acuminata and Cola nitida trees of the cocoa
family tree, which contain caffeine and theobromine. The exact "rare oils"
used in the recipe are unknown but digestive oils like mint or anise were
popular at the time and wintergreen oil was commonly used for flavoring.
Fact 8: Who invented Pepsi? The caffeine and theobromine in cola nuts
acted as a stimulant. Theobromine does not act as extensively on the central
nervous system, so is unlikely to cause the shakes and tremors associated with
excessive caffeine consumption. The name of theobromine was taken from the genus
name for the cacao plant, Theobroma, meaning “food of the gods” in Greek.
Fact 9: Who invented Pepsi? The delicious taste of Brad's Drink and its
effect which produced a boost in energy, increased alertness and an elevated
mood soon became extremely popular at the Bradham drug store.
Fact 10: Who invented Pepsi? The popularity of 'Brad's Drink' increased
and Caleb Bradham was often asked what the ingredients were. Caleb Bradham told
his customers that his recipe included 'pepsin' which was commonly known and
dispersed by druggists to aid the digestion process.
Fact 11: Who invented Pepsi? In 1898 Caleb Bradham decided to change the
name of his soda from 'Brad's Drink' to the more unusual and memorable name
Pepsi-Cola. The name was derived from the two main ingredients of the soft drink
- pepsin and cola nuts.
Fact 12: Who invented Pepsi? On January 1, 1901 Caleb Bradham married
Charity Credle of New Bern and the couple went on to have three children: Mary,
Caleb, Jr., and George.
Fact 13: Who invented Pepsi? The invention of Pepsi Cola and its new
branding was a huge success and in 1902 Caleb Bradham filed an application to
the U.S. Patent Office for the Pepsi-Cola trademark name and the first
Pepsi-Cola trademark was registered on June 16, 1903.
Fact 14: Who invented Pepsi? The demand for Pepsi Cola continued to
increase and by 1903 Caleb Bradham made the decision to expand and moved the
production of the soft drink syrup formula from the drugstore to a rented
warehouse that was also located in in downtown New Bern.
Fact 15: Who invented Pepsi? In his first year of trading Caleb Bradham
sold 7,968 gallons of the syrup and advertised his Pepsi Cola drink with the
slogan "Exhilarating, Invigorating, Aids Digestion". By 1904 he had earned
enough money to buy the Bishop factory in New Bern for $5,000.
Fact 16: Who invented Pepsi? In 1905 Caleb Bradham began selling Pepsi
Cola in six-ounce bottles which he emblazoned with his new logo as he expanded
to a total of 40 franchises.
Fact 17: Who invented Pepsi? Pepsi Cola continued to flourish but this
changed in 1920 when Caleb Bradham became convinced that sugar prices were going
to rise and bought large stocks of sugar. He was wrong, sugar prices dropped and
Pepsi Cola suffered enormous financial losses.
Fact 18: Who invented Pepsi? Caleb Bradham did everything he could
to save his company but in 1923 Pepsi Cola went bankrupt and its assets were
bought by Craven Holding Corporation for $30,000.
Fact 19: Who invented Pepsi? After he declared bankruptcy, Caleb Bradham
returned to running his original drug store and became an honorary president of
a state-owned railroad. He went on to become one of the founders of the North
Carolina Naval Militia and when retired, he did so with the rank of rear
Fact 20: Who invented Pepsi? Caleb Bradham died on February 19, 1934
and was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in New Bern, Craven County, North
Fact 21: Who invented Pepsi? In 1931, Loft, Inc. a huge candy
company bought Pepsi Cola. In 1950 Alfred N. Steele became President and CEO of
Pepsi-Cola. His wife, the famous movie actress Joan Crawford, played a huge role
in promoting Pepsi Cola.
Fact 22: Who invented Pepsi? The company introduced Diet Pepsi in
1964 and the Mountain Dew brand was also acquired in the same year.
In 2001, the Pepsi Cola company acquired Gatorade,
the original sports performance drink. Pepsi MAX was launched in 2007, Pepsi
Next was introduced in March 2012 and Pepsi Zero Sugar was launched in 2016.