It’s official, the Coca Cola Qatar plant is open for business.
The international soft drink giant Coca Cola officially opened their first factory in Qatar earlier this week. The QAR 132 million factory was established in the Industrial Area and will employ some 300 workers in its first stages of operation.
The new factory will be producing, bottling and shipping over a dozen different types and flavors of Coke products. They include the internationally popular Coca Cola, Coke Light and Coke Zero, as well as orange, citrus and strawberry-flavored Fanta, and Arwa and Safia water.
The company said in a statement that they will be producing beverages for both Qatar and Bahrain, and that the new factory was part of a business expansion in Qatar and the wider region.
The first Coke bottle produced by the factory was given to Dana Shell Smith, the US Ambassador to Qatar.
The original Coca-Cola recipe was created by the confederate colonel John Pemberton, who was looking for an alternative to the morphine addiction he developed after being wounded during the American Civil War.
First sold at drugstores, the drink was a variant of the French coca wine and contained a considerable amount of cocaine.
In 1885, Pemberton registered his drink as Coca-Cola, as a nonalcoholic version of the French wine coca after Atlanta and Fulton County passed the prohibition legislation. It was sold for five cents a glass at soda fountains and was said to cure many illnesses, including morphine addiction, indigestion, nerve disorders, headaches, and impotence.
The company stopped using fresh coca leaves in 1904. Instead they started using spent leaves, the leftover of cocaine extraction from leaves, removing cocaine from the drink. The complete recipe however remains a company secret.