Max Keith

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Max Keith (/kt/, pronounced "kite") was the head of Coca-Cola GmbH, the major bottler of Coca-Cola during the Nazi period of German history. He took over from the previous American-born director, who died in 1938.[1]

Coca-Cola GmbH was unable to obtain Coca-Cola syrup during World War II, because of the Allied blockade. To keep the plant in operation, Keith developed a fruit flavored drink made from apple fiber, left over from cider pressings, and whey, a byproduct from cheese manufacture, creating Fanta.[2]


  1. ^ "History of the Soft Drink Fanta". Culinary Arts 360. RR Donely. December 4, 2007. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  2. ^ "FACT CHECK: Fanta and the Nazis". Retrieved 2018-12-01.