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Case Code : BECG122
Case Length : 17 Pages
Period : 2006-2011
Organization : PepsiCo
Pub Date : 2012
Teaching Note : Available
Countries : Global
Industry : Food and Beverages

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Company Background

The origins of Pepsi date back to the late 19th century when a young pharmacist Caleb Bradham (Bradham) started selling a refreshing drink called ‘Brad’s Drink’ in his pharmacy. The drink was later renamed Pepsi-Cola after the digestive enzyme pepsin3 used in the recipe.

The sales of Pepsi soon started to increase. This convinced Bradham to form a company called the Pepsi-Cola Company. Bradham got an official patent for the drink in 1903 and then started to sell it in bottles. The business showed spectacular growth and Bradham sold 7,968 gallons of the drink in the year 1903.

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He later started to award franchises to grow his business and the Pepsi-Cola Company's franchisees spread to 24 states of the US. The strong franchise system developed by Bradham was one of the main reasons for Pepsi's initial success. The sales of Pepsi also reached 100,000 gallons by 1910. The outbreak of World War I, however, affected the company's business due to fluctuations in the price of sugar. It went bankrupt by the year 1923. Bradham sold the Pepsi-Cola trademark to Craven Holdings Corporation and resumed his pharmacy business. Pepsi Cola Company was declared bankrupt for a second time in the year 1931 as the Great Depression affected its sales.

Pepsi's fortunes changed when its assets were purchased by a successful candy manufacturer Charles G. Guth (Guth). Guth had been thinking of selling his own soft drink at his stores after Coca Cola declined to give him a discount on its drinks. He reformulated the Pepsi formula and started to sell it in 12-ounce bottles at a cheaper price than its competitors. Under Guth's leadership, Pepsi grew to be a national brand once again. The Pepsi-Cola Company started to expand into international markets like the Soviet Union, Latin America, and Canada. After the end of World War II, Pepsi-Cola Company's international headquarters were moved to Manhattan and it continued to expand further into international markets. In 1964, it introduced some other successful soft drinks to its product portfolio like 'Diet Pepsi' and 'Mountain Dew'...

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3] Pepsin is an enzyme released by the cells in the stomach. It degrades the food proteins into peptides.


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