Becoming the Viking Coke We are Today

 

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Coca-Cola sold its first bottles of soft drink.

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The first standardized coin-operated vending machines for Coca-Cola are used.

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Viking Coca-cola founded by Howard Hamilton (in Brainerd, MN).

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Viking Coca-Cola purchased Coca-Cola Bottling of St. Cloud and our name, Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company, was adopted.

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TaB, Coca-Cola's first diet soft drink is introduced to the world.

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Hamilton hires route-driving salesmen, Joe Faber. Unknown at the time, Joe would become the heart and soul of Viking Coca-Cola.

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Marv Soldner, our future President, starts fresh out of college. He started driving delivery truck in Brainerd and transitioned into many roles throughout his career.

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Joe Faber became a partner.

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Diet Coke is introduced, beginning its journey toward becoming the top low-calorie drink in the world.

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Acquire wholesale Coca-Cola operations in Alexandria and Willmar.

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Acquire wholesale Coca-Cola operations in Pine City, Minnesota and Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

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Happy 100th Birthday to Coca-Cola!

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Acquire wholesale Coca-Cola operations in Marshall and Hutchinson.

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Coca-Cola develops the first partially-recyclable plastic bottle, a new innovation for the beverage industry.

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Joe Faber purchased the Sherman & Hamilton family stock and became sole owner.

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Joe passed away, shortly after he became sole owner of Viking Coca-Cola.

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Rose Ann Faber, Joe's wife, took over the title of president and became the nation's only female president and chief executive officer of a Coca-Cola bottling company.

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Acquire wholesale Coca-Cola operations in Fergus Falls and Detroit Lakes.

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Michael Faber becomes President of Viking Coca-Cola

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Armada Coffee is launched

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Viking acquires operations in River Falls WI & Red Wing MN

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Viking Beverages begins distribution of Coors products in St Cloud, Willmar and
Hutchinson markets

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Warrior Energy Drinks are launched

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Acquired Virginia, MN along with Coca-Cola Beverages of Duluth which includes territory in Duluth, MN and Ashland, WI.

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We are proud to be a successful branch of this legendary brand.


Coca-Cola is the most recognizable brand in the world with more than 1.8 billion servings consumed daily in over 200 countries.