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R.C. Cola

R.C. Cola (or Royal Crown Cola) was developed in 1905 by Columbus, Georgia pharmacist Claud A. Hatcher. The first product in this "Royal Crown," line was "Chero-Cola", followed by Royal Crown Ginger Ale, Royal Crown Strawberry and Royal Crown Root Beer. The company was renamed Chero-Cola, and in 1928 called Nehi Corporation after its colored and flavored drinks.

In 1934 Chero-Cola was reformulated and rereleased as Royal Crown Cola. Later the company introduced the first diet cola, Diet Rite, and the first decaffeinated cola, RC 100. In October 2000, Royal Crown was acquired by Cadbury-Schweppes.

R.C. Cola is an especially popular soft drink in the American South, where it is commonly served in conjunction with moon pies.

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