Chattanooga Knows: How much did a group of Chattanooga business investors pay for the rights to bottle Coca-Cola?

Staff file Photo by Robin Rudd / A sign proclaims the Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Co.'s place in Coca-Cola history.
Staff file Photo by Robin Rudd / A sign proclaims the Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Co.'s place in Coca-Cola history.

Q: How much did a group of Chattanooga business investors pay for the rights to bottle Coca-Cola?

A: One dollar, which was reportedly never collected. In 1899, when Coca-Cola was sold only as a fountain drink, Benjamin F. Thomas, Joseph B. Whitehead and John T. Lupton bought the bottling rights for Coke from then-Coca-Cola owner Asa Candler for $1.

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