RC Cola (or Royal Crown Cola) is a soft drink developed in 1905 as Chero-Cola by Claude A. Hatcher, a pharmacist in Columbus, Georgia, United States. A reformulated version of Chero-Cola was first sold as Royal Crown Cola in 1934. The first product in the Royal Crown line was Chero-Cola in 1905, followed by Royal Crown Ginger Ale, Royal Crown Strawberry, and Royal Crown Root Beer. The company was renamed Chero-Cola, and in 1925, called Nehi Corporation after its colored and flavored drinks. In 1934, Chero-Cola was reformulated by Rufus Kamm, a chemist, and re-released as Royal Crown Cola. In the 1950s, the combination of Royal Crown Cola and Moonpies became popular as the 'working man's lunch' in the American South. In 1954, Royal Crown was the first to sell a soft drink in a can, and later the first company to sell a soft drink in an aluminum can. In 1958, the company introduced the first diet cola, Diet Rite, and in 1980, a caffeine-free cola, RC 100.
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