‚ÄãIt’s a sad day for Dublin Dr Pepper aficionados, unless they happen to have a stockpile of the stuff ready for eBay. The fallout of a legal battle between Dr Pepper Snapple Group and the Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company, both based in Texas, means no more neat throwback bottles with Dublin on the label will ever be made again.
The Dallas Observer says the Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company will now be known as Dublin Bottling Works, according to the settlement in the case. The company will still produce other pure cane sugar drinks like Triple XXX Root Beer, NuGrape and SunCrest.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group bought out the Dublin company’s assets related to Dr Pepper, and will now have the right to distribute it in the Texas counties previously marked as Dublin territory. The bottles and cans will still be in nostalgic packaging, just minus the Dublin part.
Starting back in 1891, Dublin had a good relationship with the corporate honchos, until the big guys went rogue and started selling their own version of the throwback beverage that looked like Dublin’s product.
“We want to thank our many customers for their support of our family-owned business during the past 120 years, and we want them to know that Dr Pepper is still a big part of Dublin,” says Dublin Bottling Works vice president Jeff Kloster in a statement. “We hope customers will continue to visit our town, the W.P. Kloster Museum and Old Doc’s Soda Shop, where they can still enjoy Dr Pepper sweetened with cane sugar.”