Is PepsiCo (PEP) Okay?
In 1893, Caleb Bradham first introduced Pepsi as "Brad's Drink" in North Carolina.
The soda was renamed in 1898 and--similarly to its rival, Coca-Cola (KO) --earned part of its name from the coca leaf, which was a main ingredient in Pepsi. (Watch Share a Coke: A History of Coca-Cola)
In 1922 and 1933, Coca-Cola was offered the chance to buy Pepsi and it turned down the opportunity both times.
In 1997, Pepsi spun-off its Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell restaurants into the company that became YumBrands (YUM) .
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