Minnesota Coke Bottler Makes History

May 14, 2013

Published October 11, 2012

By JEROME CHRISTENSON, Winona Daily News

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WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- The last bottle of 6.5-ounce Coke in its distinctive glass bottle rolled off the line this week at the Coca-Cola bottling plant and immediately fetched a cool $2,000 in an auction attended by executives, distributors and Coke enthusiasts.

And a bottle opener wasn't getting anywhere near this one.

That bottle, cast for the Minneapolis Coke bottling works in 1948 and filled at the Winona Coca-Cola Bottling Co., was the last 6.5-ounce glass returnable bottle of Coca-Cola filled and capped in the United States.

"This is the last one," LeRoy Telstad, vice-president and general manager, said Tuesday, holding the bottle high before handing it off to auctioneer Jon Kohner, who opened the bidding.

Five minutes and $2,000 later, Michael Faber, president of Viking Coca-Cola of St. Cloud, became the proud owner of what is doubtless the most expensive bottle of pop ever sold in Winona.

"I plan to retire on this one day," Faber said of his prize purchase.

 

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