United States – The US Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Winona, the last in the country to make the old-school returnable 6.5-ounce Coke bottle, created its last batch on October 9, thus putting an indefinite end to production of the iconic drinks container.
After 80 years of manufacturing the glass bottles, the brand is embracing a modern take on drinks containers – an emotional yet necessary measure, it states, as the required upgrades to sustain the well-known glass Coke bottles are ‘no longer feasible’, television station WKYC has reported.
‘This is a very historic day,’ Chief Archivist and Heritage Vice President of Coca-Cola Phillip Mooney told the station. ‘For some 40 years, from 1915 to 1955, the only way you could have had a Coca-Cola was in one of these embossed glass bottles. This really marks the end of an era for us.’
This sentiment was confirmed by the crowd of fans that gathered at the plant to witness the last old-fashioned bottles rolling off the production line. The final 6000 bottles will be sold for US$ 20 to help support infrastructure improvements in the Winona area. The drinks manufacturer has revealed that the very final bottle will earn a special place in the World of Coca-Cola Museum in Atlanta.
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