Walter White, weddings and Pablo Escobar: Coca-Cola’s name bottle roadshow hits Sheffield

The Coca-Cola stand visits Sheffield.
The Coca-Cola stand visits Sheffield.
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Chloe, Sophie, Baines and Rhodes are the most popular names and surnames with which Sheffield fizzy drink lovers have asked Coca-Cola to adorn their bottles.

The corporate giant rolled into the city yesterday to give shoppers at Tesco on Abbeydale Road South the chance to create a personalised Coke-branded beverage.

Alex Evans gets a Share a Coke bottle for the Star

Alex Evans gets a Share a Coke bottle for the Star

Fizzy drink addict and reporter Alex Evans – who himself gets through several bottles of the caffeinated treat daily – visited the Coca-Cola roadshow’s create-a-coke machine to get a Star-dubbed refreshment made.

Customers can grab a bottle of the drink and use a machine to search for a name from the company’s database of 350,000 first names and surnames and slap it on a bottle.

The firm limits the bottles, and asks people for ID for unusual names, to stop PR disasters – such as bottles being called Pepsi.

But it turns out the giant has been inundated with requests for strange and downright dodgy monikers, including Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and fictional stars of TV’s Breaking Bad, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.

Alex Evans gets a Share a Coke bottle for the Star

Alex Evans gets a Share a Coke bottle for the Star

Coke tour staff member Sammy Dingley said: “People have asked for all sorts, including Walter and Jesse.

“We have also had people come in and buy a trolley-load to use as wedding favours, or on wedding reception tables.

“We have had pregnant mums come in asking for ‘baby’ – which we can’t do because we don’t advertise to under-12s. But it has been really popular.

“In Sheffield the most requested names we have had include Chloe and Sophie and, for surnames, Harley, Baines and Rhodes.”

James Mellor, GB events manager for the firm, added: “It’s not just for kids, we’ve had people of all ages try it, with queues reaching two-and-a-half hours long before.”