This video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which analyst Austin Smith discusses topics around the investing world.
In today's edition, Austin looks at beverage wonder-company Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO ) . We all know Coke is big, but to shed some light on just how big investors should consider these facts:
- The Coca-Cola logo is recognized by 94% of the world's population.
- 3.1% of all beverages consumed in the world are Coke products.
- The Coca-Cola brand is worth an estimated $74 billion. The total value of Budweiser, PepsiCo, Starbucks, and Red Bull brands combined is worth only $50 billion.
And even though 100% of the company's revenue comes from non-alcoholic beverages, that doesn't make it any less dynamic. It has huge markets all around the globe, and investors should understand where the cash comes from in each if they want to invest in this company today.
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