Dr Pepper is the oldest major soft drink in America. Originally made in Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas, the drink's unique flavor was a hit when it was first sold in 1885. Today, Dr Pepper is also available in Diet, Cherry Vanilla, and Diet Cherry Vanilla flavors.
Seven Up started as "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda" and was introduced in 1929 by C.L. Grigg. By the 1940s it became the third best-selling soft drink in the world. Known as the "UNCOLA," a term coined in 1960s advertising referring to its lemon-lime alternative to colas, 7up is now reformulated to be 100 percent natural flavors, with no artificial additives or preservatives.
RC, or Royal Crown, Cola began in 1905 as Chero-Cola created by Claude Hatcher. The RC Cola Company became a pioneer in the soft drink industry as the first company to distribute soft drinks nationally in cans, creating the first low-calorie diet cola (Diet Rite), and using the first all aluminum beverage can, along with many other firsts in the industry.
A&W, the first root beer created, began as a roadside drink in a 1919 World War I veteran parade. Roy Allen, the entrepreneur behind the brand, partnered with Frank Wright and took his roadside drink to 5 permanent stands in Sacramento, which became the country's first "drive-in" featuring "tray-boys" for curbside service. The rootbeer drink was then named A&W from the initials of Allen and Wright. Today, A&W is also available in Diet and Cream Soda flavors.
Big Red began in Waco, Texas as Sun Tang Red Cream Soda, created by Gover Thomsen and R.H. Roark at Pefection Barber and Beauty Supply in 1937. Today, Big Red flavors include Diet and Big Red Float.
Sunkist, the #1 orange soda, was launched in 1979 and in a few short years became one of the top 10 soft drinks, a first for any orange soda. The name Sunkist comes from citrus growers in California and Arizona, who referred to themselves as "Sunkist Growers" as a mark of quality. Today, Sunkist is also available in Diet and Cherry Limeade flavors.
Nehi was created in 1924 by Claude Hatcher, who was also the man behind RC Cola. Hatcher overheard a salesman describing a competitor's bottle as "knee-high," and thus, the name "Nehi" was born. Nehi is available in Peach.
Hawaiian Punch was developed in 1934 by A.W. Leo, Tom Yates, and Ralph Harrison in a converted garage. They wanted a tropical-tasting syrup to add to their line of ice cream toppings. Today, Hawaiian Punch is the standard of fruit punch drinks.
Squirt was created during the Great Depression by Herb Bishop. He experimented with the regionally popular Citrus Club soda and created Squirt, which required less fruit and less sugar. He believed it to be the freshest, most exciting tast in the marketplace.
Canada Dry was created by pharmacist and chemist John J. McLaughlin in Toronta, Canada. McLaughlin sold soda water to drugstores as a mixer for fruit juices and flavored extracts, and after hundreds of experiments, he perfected the Canada Dry Pale Dry Ginger Ale in 1904. McLaughlin and Canada Dry pioneered many of the products and practices now standard in the beverage industry, from mass bottling to serving drinks at baseball parks and beaches. Today, Canada Dry remains the number 1 ginger ale in America.
Yoo-hoo began in the kitchen of Natale Olivieri, who wanted to make a chocolate drink out of natural ingredients that wouldn't spoil. After helping his wife prepare to preserve her homemade tomato sauce, Olivieri applied the same concept and created Yoo-hoo. In the following years, Yogi Berra and his Yankee teammates supported Yoo-hoo through the successful "Me-hee for Yoo-hoo" campaign
Snapple is the market leader in the premium beverage business. Founded in 1972, Snapple uses real fruit and real tea flavors exclusively, and all beverages (except diets) are all-natural, containing no artificial flavorings or chemical dyes. Snapple produces a variety of juice drinks, teas, lemonades, and diets.
Deja Blue is a purified, popular-priced water that first appeared in Texas in 1997. The brand expanded nationally in September 2002 because of growing consumer interest.
Fiji Water is natural artesian water drawn from an artesian aquifer in Fiji. Artesian water comes from a source deep within the earth, protected by layers of clay and rock. There is no opening, not even a porthole to the surface, so the water never comes into contact with the air, protecting it from environmental pollutants and other contamination.