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R.C. Cola

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Royal Crown Cola has gone through several renamings throughout its history, but is now known again as "RC Cola".

R.C. Cola (or Royal Crown Cola) is a cola soft drink developed in 1905 by Columbus, Georgia pharmacist Claud A. Hatcher. The first product in this "Royal Crown," line was "Chero-Cola", followed by Royal Crown Ginger Ale, Royal Crown Strawberry and Royal Crown Root Beer. The company was renamed Chero-Cola, and in 1928 called Nehi Corporation after its colored and flavored drinks.

In 1934 Chero-Cola was reformulated and rereleased as Royal Crown Cola. Later the company introduced the first diet cola, Diet Rite, and the first caffeine free cola, RC 100. In the mid-'90s, the company released Royal Crown Draft, billed as a "premium" cola and using pure cane sugar. Offered only in 12-ounce bottles, the cola's sales were disappointing and it was quickly discontinued.


In October 2000, Royal Crown was acquired by Cadbury-Schweppes.


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