The Evolution of the Coca-Cola Contour Bottle

by First name Last name on 11/17/2009 | 4 Minute Read

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This month marks the 94th anniversary of the iconic Coca-Cola coutour bottle. Now, a treasured hallmark, this single shape of packaging has achieved iconic status since its creation in 1915. The Coca-Cola logo itself is the single most recognizable brand in the world.

The first bottle was designed in 1915 by the Root Glass Company. The bottle designer, Earl R. Dean and his team decided to base the bottle design on the soda's two ingredients, the coca leaf or the kola nut. Dean couldn't find any photographs of either, but became inspired by the cocoa pod, and transformed the shape of the pod into a bottle:

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Dean sketched out the design of the bottle, and it was approved for moulding in only 24 hours. A prototype was made, and the bottle received a patent in November 1915. The prototype never actually made it into production because its middle diameter was larger than its base, making it unstable on conveyor belts.

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Dean solved this issue by decreasing the bottle's middle diameter, and today's contour shape was born:

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