JACKSON, MISS. – Coca-Cola is giving Mississippians a refreshing way to celebrate 200 years of statehood. Coca-Cola joined Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant last month to unveil a limited-edition commemorative 8-oz. glass Coca-Cola bottle recognizing the 20th U.S. state’s bicentennial.
Available in six-packs, the Coca-Cola bottle and its packaging feature the official Mississippi bicentennial logo.
“The Mississippi Bicentennial Coca-Cola commemorative bottle is one more way we are celebrating our statehood,” Governor Bryant said. “Mississippi and Coca-Cola have a relationship that dates back a long time, and I’m thrilled they are part of recognizing this historic year.”
The state of Mississippi and Coca-Cola have strong historical ties. While Coca-Cola was invented and first served at a soda fountain in Atlanta, Ga. almost 70 years after Mississippi earned statehood, in 1894 a Mississippi businessman Joseph Biedenharn first bottled Coca-Cola in Vicksburg.
Biedenharn had the vision to bottle the refreshing beverage and expand its reach five years before two attorneys from Chattanooga, Tenn., Benjamin F. Thomas and Joseph B. Whitehead, obtained exclusive rights to bottle Coca-Cola across most of the United States. Vicksburg was specifically excluded from the franchise agreement.
Today, five Coca-Cola bottling partners are proud to operate in and serve the businesses and residents of Mississippi.
“Coca-Cola joins the great state of Mississippi, Governor Phil Bryant and its residents to celebrate its 200 years of statehood by offering limited-edition glass commemorative bottles to mark the special occasion,” said Morgan Clark Schnur, vice oresident of Clark Beverage Group, Inc., an independent Coca-Cola bottling partner who has proudly served Mississippi since 1906.
Mississippi residents can visit participating local retailers to purchase six-packs of the commemorative bottles, while supplies last.