Claud A. Hatcher

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Claud A. Hatcher the inventor of R.C. Cola

Claud Adkins Hatcher (August 20, 1876 – December 31, 1933) was an American businessman. He invented the RC (Royal Crown) brand of beverages. He was a Columbus, Georgia based pharmacist and son of a grocer.[1]

Through the family-owned Hatcher Grocery Company, Hatcher introduced a carbonated soft drink in 1905 called Royal Crown Ginger Ale.[1] Other flavors, including their flagship cola, followed.[1] In the same year a company was formed to bottle the popular drinks, Union Bottling Works.

Hatcher is buried in the Riverdale Cemetery in Muscogee County, Georgia. His will established the Pickett & Hatcher Educational Fund, a non-profit student lender.


  1. ^ a b c Winn, Bill (May 7, 1978). "R.C. Cola Gets Start in Basement". Ledger-Enquirer. Special Sesquicentennal Supplement IV. Columbus, Georgia. p. S-24. Retrieved March 26, 2018 – via

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