The first celery soda sold on a national basis was Mayfield's Celery=Cola. James C. Mayfield was a partner of Coca-Cola inventor John Pemberton in Atlanta in 1888. On Pemberton's death, Mayfield became president and chief chemist of the Pemberton Medicine Company. Mayfield was involved in the Wine-Coca Company of Atlanta and Boston for several years before opening the Celery=Cola Company in 1899 in Birmingham. Due to national advertising and his many contacts in the soft drink business Celery=Cola was soon bottled and sold across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, and as far away as Australia. Mayfield operated as the Celery=Cola Company, Koke Company of America, and Mayfield Beverage Company for thirty years.

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