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1893

Caleb Bradham first introduced Pepsi as "Brad's Drink" in North Carolina.

1898

It was renamed Pepsi-Cola after "dyspepsia" and the kola nuts used in the recipe.

1904

Pepsi's yearly sales increased to about 20K gallons in six-ounce bottles.

1922 & 1933

Coca-Cola was offered the purchase of Pepsi-Cola, and it declined on each occasion.

1931

During the Depression, the Pepsi-Cola Company entered bankruptcy.

1936

Pepsi-Cola regained popularity following the introduction of a 5¢ 12-ounce bottle.

1997

Pepsi spun-off its Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell restaurants into the company that became YumBrands. 

2018

PepsiCo entered into agreement to acquire SodaStream.

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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 - Get Report) --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)

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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 - Get Report) .

To learn more about the company's history, watch the video above.

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