This timeline shows the market share of leading carbonated soft drink companies in the United States from 2004 to 2012. Throughout this entire period, the Coca-Cola Company was the leading soft drink company. In 2011, its market share amounted to 41.9 percent.
A soft drink is a beverage that contains water or carbonated water, a sweetener (sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, or a sugar substitute), as well as a flavoring agent. Sometimes, soft drinks may contain caffeine, too.