Pepsi celebrates founder’s 150th birthday

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Hundreds of people came out to the Birthplace of Pepsi is New Bern to celebrate Pepsi founder Caleb Bradham’s 150th birthday.

He was born on May 27th, 1867, and Sabrina Bengel, the managing partner of Birthplace of Pepsi, said the soda has helped put New Bern on the map.

“Imagine 1898; he developed something that helps his customers as a digestive aid, and by 1910 he had 250 franchises in 24 states,” Bengel said.

Free Pepsi and cookies with Braham’s face on it were given out to commemorate the milestone.

Bradham’s original recipe book was also on display.

The cola was created in 1893 in historical downtown New Bern and introduced as Brad’s Drink. It was renamed as Pepsi-Cola on August 28, 1898, and then as Pepsi in 1961.



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