Did You Know?

  • Upon graduating high school, Jim Tyler (Chairman of the Board) served as a P-38 fighter pilot in Italy during World War II, from 1943 to 1946.

  • By 1930, and at the young age of 6, Harry's son Jim was already taking part in the family business. Jim and his cousins, Frank and Hugh Webber, would drive down the streets of Villisca selling iced bottles of Coca-Cola in wooden cases for 5 cents a bottle.

  • Did you know that in the late 80s when Jim and Kirk were building the Waukee office they didn't use any city, county, lottery, or state funds??

  • During the process of building the new Waukee facility, Jim and Kirk had to supply their own water lines and propane heating system. The Waukee project also brought in 55 employees and a $1.5 million tax base.

  • In the winter of 1882, Frank P. Tyler, also known as "Perk," who was the great-grandfather of Kirk Tyler (president of Atlantic Bottling), started an ice business.

  • By 1905, Frank expanded his ice business and began the manufacture of ice cream with the help of his sons Royal, Harvey, Harry, and Henry.

  • Back in 1963, Harry, Henry, Gertrude, and Bertha Tyler received the first ever Family Alumni Achievement Award from Simpson College (the school all four attended).

  • Did you know Atlantic Bottling Company was one of the first bottlers in the nation to bottle Fresca??

  • Shortly after the launch of Fresca in 1966, Atlantic Bottling started bottling it in 1967.

  • In 1972, Atlantic Bottling was the first plant in Iowa (and among the first in the nation) to bottle drinks in the new "screw cap" bottles. The local newspaper announced this event saying, "This machinery created a whole new field for Atlantic bottling."

  • Harry used to ride his motorcycle, or take a train, to take ice cream orders in neighboring towns.

  • In the summer of 1940, the Tyler Brothers opened their new plant in Atlantic, Iowa (one of today's current plants). The Tyler Brothers offered special opening days for consumers to visit their new plant, including a free bottle of Coca-Cola to every visitor.

  • On April 1, 1975 Atlantic Bottling purchased the Des Moines franchise.

  • Our Best Assets are our People!

  • The Second, Third, and Fourth Generation of the Tyler family is actively engaged in the business.

  • Coke Days in Atlantic, Iowa is the second largest mini-convention of Coca-Cola collectors in the United States. (Second only to Atlanta, Georgia!)_

  • Coca-Cola_introduced this new friendly, human image of_Santa_(created by illustrator Haddon Sundblom) in December 1931.

  • The slogan for Tyler's Superlicious Ice Cream was "Pure as the Heart of Childhood."

  • The most popular flavor of Tyler's Superlicious Ice Cream was Fudge.

  • On July 23, 1991 Kirk Tyler was named President of Atlantic Bottling Company

  • Atlantic Bottling Company was the first bottler to convert 8 pack 12 oz. cardboard packaging to our current 8 pack plastic bellyband.

  • In 2009, Atlantic Bottling Company celebrated 100 years of refreshing Central and Southwestern Iowa.

  • During WWII, all metal was being used in the war effort so bottlers had to find a new way to cap their beverages. The man who figured out a new way to cap bottles was Henry F. Tyler. In 1943, Henry created a new piece of machinery to cap bottles using tin bottle caps.

  • It's important to balance calories taken in with calories burned by being physically active, and to make choices that suit individual lifestyles.

  • High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a sweetener made from corn, which is used to sweeten many foods and beverages sold around the world, including some of our U.S. beverages. It has a similar makeup to sugar so the body uses it in the same way, and it has about the same number of calories.

  • The key to a healthy diet is to consume a variety of foods and beverages in moderation.

  • People have been enjoying our beverages for over 128 years because they love the taste.

  • It's important to us to make sure that people have a choice, which is why we also offer more than 200 great-tasting beverages with reduced, low or no calories.

  • We also offer our regular beverages in smaller portions, like 7.5-ounce mini cans. And, we show calorie counts on the front of our packages so people can choose what makes sense for themselves and their families.

  • Caffeine is known to be safe when consumed in moderation. Every day, millions of people enjoy foods and beverages with caffeine, including coffee, tea and soft drinks.

  • The main ingredient in all our beverages is water. All of Coca-Cola's sparkling beverages -- either with or without caffeine -- contain between 85% and 99% water.

  • Our caffeinated sparkling beverages have a relatively small amount of caffeine -- about 22-46 mg per 12-ounce serving. People are often surprised to learn that our sparkling beverages contain much less caffeine than the same amount of coffee.

  • Our soft drinks contain only a small amount of sodium. In fact, most are considered low sodium or very low sodium. For example, Coca-Cola has 2% of the daily value* for_sodium per 12-ounce serving. Most of the sodium comes from the water used to make the beverage and is similar to levels in tap water. (*45 mg sodium per 12 fl oz.)

  • In 1949, Harry and Henry decided to split the business for estate purposes. They figured out who would get each plant through drawing straws. Harry kept the Atlantic and Creston plants, and Henry acquired the Shenandoah-Clarinda and Grand Island plants. Shortly after this, both brothers bought 7UP (Little Rock, Arkansas and Tyler, Texas).

  • The caramel coloring used in our beverages has been evaluated for safety by agencies including the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives of the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. All of the ingredients we use are safe -- we have an uncompromising commitment to product safety.

  • Coca-Cola does not contain cocaine. Cocaine has never been an added ingredient in Coca-Cola.

  • Coca-Cola offers more than 200 low- and no-calorie beverages in the U.S. and Canada. Examples include Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite Zero, Fanta Zero, Fresca, DASANI, smartwater, vitaminwater zero, POWERADE ZERO, ZICO and Minute Maid Light Lemonade -- to name a few.

  • Diet Coke and Coke Zero are both popular, no-calorie beverages. Each has its own distinctive flavor and a unique sweetener blend. Both are refreshing, calorie-free cola options -- choosing a great tasting no-calorie option just depends on your preference!

  • Coca-Cola Life is a reduced-calorie cola sweetened with cane sugar and stevia leaf extract. It is the newest addition to our trademark and has the great taste you would expect from The Coca_Cola Company but with fewer calories. It contains 90 calories per 12 fl oz. compared to 140-150 calories in 12 fl oz. of leading colas.

  • Coca-Cola Freestyle is the revolutionary, touchscreen-operated beverage dispenser that offers more than 100 brands -- including water beverages, sports drinks, lemonades and sparkling beverages -- from a single unit.

  • Women are pillars of the communities where we operate. They are critical to local and global business success and are essential for thriving communities.

  • Since 2010, Coca-Cola has awarded more than $2.2 million in First Generation Scholarships to women who are the first in their families to attend college.

  • PlantBottle PET packaging looks, feels and recycles the same way as traditional PET plastic. The difference is traditional PET plastic is made using fossil fuels while PlantBottle packages are made with up to 30% plant-based material -- a renewable resource.

  • In 2011, Coca-Cola partnered with three biotechnology companies that have been able to create a 100% plant-based solution in their labs._

  • In 1970, the Tyler family was presented an award from The Seven-Up Company for their dedication to 7UP, and for, "creating the finest advertisement for 7UP which could possibly be produced" a new and modern 7UP bottling plant. It is a solid symbol of success for everyone to see "7UP development in its highest form."-H.C. Grigg (Chairman of The Seven-Up Company)

  • Coca-Cola wants everyone to recycle more and waste less. But some recycling programs, such as forced deposit programs, remove certain materials from the collection streams and end up inconveniencing people who prefer "one stop" recycling for all materials. That's why Coca-Cola supports programs that cover many forms of packaging -- like the curbside collection program which are a more sustainable solution for solid waste recovery.

  • People know that regular beverages contain sugar. We believe the best approach to help reduce obesity is to provide people with choices and information, rather than increase taxes on families and individuals. That's why we provide information on how much sugar and how many calories are in our beverages, and we offer a wide variety of great-tasting beverages with reduced, low or no calories. We know some people want to manage their portions, so we also offer many of our beverages in smaller sizes.

  • In 1915, The Tyler Brothers began bottling carbonated beverages, known as Tyler's Flavors.

  • After a fire destroyed a new addition bottling room, the Tyler Brothers decided to relocate Tyler's Flavors to Clarinda, Iowa with the purchase of Clarinda Bottling Works. At this time, Tyler's Flavors were delivered by the boys via motorcycle or their father's windshield-less convertible.

  • July 17, 1914: In the safe of their new bottling plant, the Tyler Brothers found a document from the Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia. Not knowing a whole lot about what Coca-Cola entailed, the Tyler Brothers returned the document to the safe until 1919, when they began bottling Coca-Cola.

  • By the 1920's, the Tyler Brothers decided to expand their bottling business and sold their ice cream rights to the Meadow Gold Company. During this time, 7Up was added to the line, alongside Coca-Cola and Tyler's Flavors.

  • In 1909, Royal, Harry, and Henry purchased the ice cream rights from their father and thus began the long journey of the Tyler Brothers Enterprises.

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