Coca-Cola Bottle

Reproduction of Coca-Cola Hutchinson bottle,glass bottle,embossed with Coca -Cola, gift boxed, bottle measures over 7" tall, gift boxed.

 

Bottling History

1894: Joseph A. Biedenham, who was a candy shop owner in Vicksburg, Mississippi, was very impressed with a new beverage called Coca-Cola. Using a common bottle called a Hutchinson, Biedenham started bottling and selling this new drink.

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It's the end of an era for Coca-Cola lovers, as the last 6.5-ounce returnable, glass bottle rolls off the production line.

A small Coke bottler in Minnesota says it's stopping production of the bottles, which customers could return to get back a 20-cent deposit. The company in Winona, Minn., had been refilling the returnable bottles since 1932 but said it no longer makes business sense to continue doing so.

LeRoy Telstad, the bottler's vice president and general manager, says the last run for refilling the bottles was Tuesday.

The Coca-Cola Co, based in Atlanta, notes that its 8-ounce glass bottles are still widely available across the country. Those recyclable bottles are nearly identical to the smaller 6.5-ounce bottles. They have less glass but hold more cola.

The glass bottles that were refilled in Winona, Minn. had a very limited footprint, distributed in only four counties.

"They were made on an old line that would have to be completely replaced — they kept them going as long as they could," said Susan Stribling, a Coca-Cola spokeswoman.

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Chapman J. Root, president of the Root Glass Company of Terre Haute, Indiana, turned the project over to members of his supervisory staff, including company auditor T.

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