Pepsi-Cola was born in the Carolinas; as a matter of fact, in North Carolina.
The above photo features the local distribution center on Spring Garden Street. It was introduced in 1893 as "Brad's Drink" by Caleb Bradham in his New Bern Pharmacy. The Pepsi prototype was a mixture of the enzyme pepsin and koala nuts, created to boost energy and to aid in digestion.* If this trivia website is correct, Pepsi was the first consumer product to have a slogan and to have a jingle, to have a celebrity endorser.
If you are interested, the Winston-Salem Pepsi office is looking for bilingual direct sales representatives: one fluent in Spanish; one in French; and and one in Chinese. So, to the students in the Guilford County Schools who study those languages, you might want to consider a career at Pepsi. You can stay close to home and use those language skills you worked so hard to acquire. ¡Buena suerte!
*Read more Pepsi history, here.