10 Little-Known Facts about Famous Brands

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5. Fanta

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Fact: The World War II trade embargo sparked Fanta.
The trade embargo we are speaking of resulted in the sell-out of the Coca-Cola product, and because there was no more syrup being imported into the country, the head of Coke needed to come up with an idea to keep his company alive and kicking. Fanta came about when he created a beverage using only what he could get his hands on in Germany, which included wine-waste that was used as fertilizer, or ‘pomace’. Once Coca-Cola was able to pick things back up, Fanta continued, and is still a popular soft drink today.

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6. Federal Express (Fed Ex)

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Fact: Fed Ex would have folded, if not for a lucrative Vegas weekend.
Fred Smith, founder and CEO of Federal Express, was down to his company’s last five grand, with a big gas bill coming due in on Monday. Rather than take out a loan, Smith hopped a plane to Vegas and hit the blackjack tables. He won more than thirty grand during that jaunt, which saved his business and led the company to be worth more than two billion dollars today.

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