by Max Brantley
This is a continuation of long consolidation in the soft drink bottling business and makes me nostalgic. As a child, did you have contests with pals to see whose Coke bottle bore the stamp on the bottom of the farthest-removed bottling plant? The returnable bottles would get shifted around over time. Instead of Lake Charles on the bottom, it might be a product of one of a number of Louisiana bottlers or even someplace more exotic, like Natchez or Mobile, Memphis or St. Joe.