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Facts About Dr. Pepper Soft Drink

Facts About Dr. Pepper Soft Drink, The History of Dr. Pepper drink

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            Aside from Coke or Pepsi, another drink enjoys a considerable public patronage with quite a following of loyal consumers. This drink may not have been that popular all over the world but history has it that it was the first in the market. Whatever happened in its long history spanning more than a century, it may have simply lost its way in the war of advertising campaigns.

1. Dr. Pepper was first sold on 1 December 1885. Coincidentally, its introduction preceded that of Coca-Cola by a year.

2. Charles Alderton, a Brooklyn pharmacist was credited with its formula when he made it in Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas. Wade Morrison, the store owner was the first to test the drink which he liked.

3. The formula was handed by Alderton to Morrison who later named the drink resulting from it, Dr. Pepper. It was marketed as a brain tonic and an energizing drink like many early soda drinks.

4. Pepsin was thought as the prime ingredient of the drink owing to the “pep” in Pepper (which made it identical to Pepsi but the latter came about 13 years later).

5. An old ledger book filled with formulas and recipes turned up on an antiques store in Texas in 2009 which bears “Castles formula” among which a recipe “D Peppers Pepsin Bitters” was included. It was thought to be the early formula of Dr. Pepper however Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (the present manufacturer of the drink) insisted that it was a different formula that was used as digestive aid.

6. Another theory was that Dr. Pepper actually referred to a person. Dr. Charles T. Pepper of Rural Retreat, Virginia was the first person to be brought in consideration. It was thought that Morrison owed the doctor a favor for having his first job or that the former needed to please the doctor by adopting his name for the brand of softdrink in order to win the hands of the doctor’s daughter in marriage. The odds were however unlikely when it was learned that Morrison lived about 50 miles from Rural Retreat and the doctor’s daughter was 8 years old at the time Morrison formulated the drink at Waco.

7. Dr. Pepper of Christiansburg, Virginia became the next suspect considering census records placing the young Morrison working as a pharmacy clerk at Christiansburg. Morrison’s record was pages away from Dr. Pepper which identified him having a daughter named Malinda or Malissa aged 16. With census entries taken door to door, it was probable that Morrison and the doctor indeed knew each other.

8. At present, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has the rights to the Dr. Pepper drinks but doesn’t have a complete network of bottlers and distributors allowing it to be bottled under contract by either Coca-Cola or Pepsi bottlers. Coca-Cola remains the parent company for distribution where the drink find its way to Mexico, Germany, Netherlands, France, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Czech Republic, Belgium, Norway. Although available in Japan and South Korea, it is rarely marketed in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore being only imported from the United States.



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Comments (8)

Very interesting account

Great research! Dr. Pepper is delicious.

Useful facts everyone should read and be aware of.

Excellent composition and awareness on this drink.

Very interesting. I didn't realize that Dr. Pepper was so old. It's one of my favorite soft drinks but I had never heard of it until I landed on Lackland Air Force Base in 1960.

you are absolutely right...rarely or never heard it in the Philippines

I used to drink it all the time...then coca cola entered my life...so long doc.

Interesting facts.