Dr Pepper Boycott Spreads to the West Coast

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Over the weekend I dropped into the office to jot down some thoughts on a recent meal and checked out the #boycottdrpepper feed I've been keeping an eye on. This tweet popped up just as I was watching:

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DrPepper @Galcos pulls all Dr. Pepper/Snapple products from shelves after @DublinDrPepper shut down.

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I gave the soda shop associated with the @galcos twitter feed a call, and ended up talking to John Nese, owner of Galco's Soda Pop Stop, a temple built for bubbles in Los Angeles.

Nese is as passionate a soda man as there ever was, and he immediately jumped on the opportunity to trash big corporate soda bottlers. "They're just ogres," he told me as he described the mechanisms Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co. use to dominate and control their markets.

Nese is taking his ban seriously, removing all products the Dr. Pepper Snapple group (it's a long list) from his storefront and on-line operations.

Elsewhere on the internets, an online petition has garnered more than 18,000 signers willing to give up Dr Pepper and Snapple products until the bottling giant reverses its decision regarding the Dublin bottling plant. (Although it was a settlement, not a decision, so it's not quite that simple.)

Grassroots actions against corporations are common, but many of them lose steam quickly. A proposed ban on Anheuser Busch InBev did little to change the European takeover of Budweiser beer. Nese thinks this movement has legs, though, if only because soda is an everyman's beverage. "This one was big enough for people to notice," he said.

Check out this video, originally posted on Chowhound, which depicts Nese in his soda shop talking refill versus recycle, corn syrup versus cane sugar, and his childhood obsession with fizz -- the guy seems pretty cool.



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EXDrPepperdrinker
EXDrPepperdrinker

I have enjoyed Dr Pepper my entire life, but when the idiot lawyers at Dr Pepper corporate "settled" the Dublin dispute, I stopped buying and drinking Dr Pepper.

Dublin was the cheapest advertising Dr Pepper could have ever imagined.  Taking such a petty position has only hurt their business.  I hope they never recover (or reverse their "settlement").

BOYCOTT DR PEPPER!!!

Mcmarisacali
Mcmarisacali

Yeah grandpa!(: don't ever let anyone take the store!!!!!

Territhomas
Territhomas

Having family in Dublin and DeLeon, I have drank Dublin Dr. Pepper my entire life.  It may be why Dr. Pepper is my favorite soft drink.  I will boyscott Dr. Pepper forever or until they reinstate Dublin Dr. Pepper. 

Terri Thomas

Michmm
Michmm

Dublin Dr Pepper was the reason Dublin does not sell Dr Pepper anymore!  They had an agreement to sell in a specific territory and they chose to ship and sell outside that territory.  They were taking sales from other bottlers across America and some of those bottlers are family owned small town businesses just like Dublin Dr Pepper.  The difference is that those other bottlers are upholding the terms of their contracts!   This is not a case of “Big guy beating up the little guy”, it is a case of following the contract that they agreed to.   Since I like Dr Pepper, I am going to boycott every business that drops Dr Pepper!  Now how stupid does that sound?  Just like the people that are going to boycott Dr Pepper, it is stupid.   Did occupy America work?  No because the majority of America is rational in their thinking just like people that will continue to purchase and consume the products they prefer… even Dr Pepper!

james
james

so i can add drpepper to the growing list of scumwad companies i don't do business with...along with pilgims pride chicken, colonel sanders, mcdonalds, burger king ,capitol 1, cheap chinese hardware/auto parts that never fit...the stores with bad service...actually ...except the occasional treat of a dublin dp....dr pepper ain't make a decent drink for years. ain't been part of any official 'boycott'...just ain't been buyin' pissfordrinks. as a kid i used to luv dp. they did it to themselves and they don't know or care.  obviously they're still a huge megamaniac company regardless of my choice. there is no shortage  of people who will conform and consume urine if it has a cool tv ad.

Montemalone
Montemalone

This guy makes me want to go to LA just to see his store, and I don't drink sodas.

Jeannette
Jeannette

You guys will get over it and go back to Dr Pepper.  What are you going to drink Mr Pibb? LMAO!?

Eaglescout
Eaglescout

I stopped drinking sodas 5 years ago and dropped 10 lbs that have not returned....So I support this boycott.

G_David
G_David

I predicted that there would be no way I would sit through this guy talking for 13 minutes.  But that was fascinating.

Caity
Caity

I would love to stop by the soda pop shop :) That just looks like a fun trip to stock the fridge with even if I rarely drink sodas in the first place

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

That guy is cool. I wanna be as passionate about my job as this guy.

That being said, Mexican Coke > Dublin DP.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Bravo to Mr. Nese and the hipsters/restauranteurs in Big D and the Fort that have done the same.  I still have a wee bit stuck in the back of the beer fridge, just waiting nice 120 degree day to whip one out.  Probably gonna have the wifey make up some of that there Dr. Pepper cake with a one of them too.  But once my reserve has been extinguished, I out.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Boycotting DP is like boycotting Whataburger?  It's just dumb!  DP is one of the only soda's that doesn't taste like poop. Boycott somethin' gross like Jack In the Box, or Coke, or burger King.

Michelle McMillian
Michelle McMillian

Oh, BTW, if it were a hostile situation, would Dublin still serve Dr Pepper?  Well surprise… they will!

james
james

the occupy movement has not ended. one of the issues with occupiers is corporate greed.the drpepper thing is a great  example. drpepper was invented by a small time small town person. it did great, became a national/worldwide staple. then some big megafuck company threw an irresistable amount of money at them to take their game, leaving them with a small store to make their drink to sell only to the locals. then the big megafuck company takes the drink and turns it into piss that masses of   3rd generation crackheads who've never smelt the real thing will guzzle because of the hardbody half naked kids in the commercials.  then, the plot thickens. the li'l hometown folks makin' the good original thing do so well locally with their original quality drink that they get world famous all over again, sellin' all the good dp they can make, stamping it dublin. now megafuck company doesn't like this as it makes them look like the megafuck scum they are, so they sued. then they reverted to their same old game of buy them off to shut them up again.  perfectly legal. the original guys have been put in their place. they were trying to welsh on their 'agreement' that the megafucks rammed down their throat, and they deserved what they got. and i will miss the occasional quality treat and i won't (and haven't been) give my $$$ to the megafuck company for the privelege of drinking their nasty garbage. it's your world megafucks. take it and burn. 

Montemalone
Montemalone

"...consume urine if it has a cool tv ad"

That would be Corona.

Perrilyntx
Perrilyntx

You really don't get it do you.... let me put it this way... If you or a family member had a business that promoted a larger chain like Dr Pepper... and you built it from the ground up... and you LOVED your product along with thousands of others.... then, the larger chain got greedy and sued you over something stupid which ended up closing you down and all your employees lost their jobs... how would you feel???... Not only did they do that to you but your community and town suffers from it... would you boycot THEN???.... That is what happened to Dublin Dr Pepper and THAT is why we are boycotting!!!!!!!!

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

<cue opulence="">

Well, I reckon the taste only lasts for 6 mos, but you'll be out of it by then.</cue>

Ryan Sumner
Ryan Sumner

somebody is missing the entire point of the whole deal...

AnnaLou
AnnaLou

While I agree, the language used above is inappropriate, I can certainly understand the anger.  Oddly enough, the territorial thing was NEVER an issue, DP Corp actually supported and endorsed it by giving links and the phone number to Dublin DP so people could buy the Dublin DP products.  The CEO gave a newscaster a six pack of Dublin DP bottles and explained the greatness of Dublin DP during the interview just a few years ago.  It was NEVER an issue until DP Corp decided to do a throwback product made from pure cane sugar (so they say) that would not sell because it did not say Dubin DP on the label.  Texans know the difference.  If it was JUST a territorial issue, then DP Corp could have fined the bottling company and fixed the territorial situation--although, there were many retailers who would travel to Dublin, buy less than 25 cases of Dublin DP (25 was the max one person could buy) and then take it back to their stores outside the 6 county territory and sell it in their stores.  Is that Dublin's fault?  Nope.  Territorial and trademark disputes wasn't the REAL issue though, that was the excuse and stick they used to shut down the only bottling company that had been in production on THEIR product for 120 CONTINUOUS years.  When the other DP plants went to corn syrup, Dublin said, No, we are going to stay true to the product.  And the thanks they get for maintaining brand equity for 120 years?  Corp DP wants their own pure cane version to sell, they force the little bottler out.  Will Dublin Bottling Works still sell DP?  Well, I am sure some will sit on their shelves and collect dust, they are, after all Dr Pepper, Texas, but if you really think that Corp DP actually went after them over territorial rights, you would be hearing and using corp DP's spin.  I have been a DP fan for 40 years, and I have given up those products now.  Without Dublin DP, it is just so much rubbish.  People keep saying, they are still going to make the pure cane version.  OK, so if it is really a pure cane ONLY product, why doesn't it actually taste like the Dublins always did?  Why didn't Corp DP embrace their roots?  Why couldn't they have produced the throwback with the Dublin DP label on the bottle?  Could it be because it wasn't actually the same as Dublin DP?  If they had launched a Dublin DP throwback campaign, can you imagine the amount of product they would have sold?  So let's ask them WHY they decided to shut it down, shut down a small town in a struggling economy?  Did you know that when Waco started their museum and they wanted to sell the orignal recipe of the product that they did NOT go to corp DP for the recipe, they went to Dublin.  That speaks volumes, don't ya think?

Michelle McMillian
Michelle McMillian

Wow James, you have some real issues that you might want to seek help for.  The language you use is in no way appropriate nor does it make you sound educated,  informed or credible.  I am guessing you are a “Occupier” and frustrated with life because you are not getting the free hand outs that you feel you are “entitled” to.   I am self employed and if I chose to do business with another company, no matter how big or how small, if I sign a contract, I will need to abide by that contract.  In America, you have to work hard for what you get and honor the agreements you sign.   

BTW, Dublin never owned Dr Pepper, they own a plant, a soda shop and museum.   If you want to visit Dublin you will still be able to buy Dr Pepper merchandise and have a good ol’ Dr Pepper in the soda shop.   If it was hostile, I doubt they would continue to sell anything Dr Pepper.  Sorry to disappoint you!

james
james

corona ain't that bad....have ya tried bud ice? tastes like it's been drunk twice already and a headache on 2 bottles...

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

someone doesnt get the bit, welcome to City of Ate, please stick around

LilBitTx
LilBitTx

All you have to do is read the court documents to know that Dr Pepper corporate really didn't have a case and I'm not sure what made Dublin decide to settle other than they just didn't have the money to keep fighting. One cannot rightfully claim a trademark infringement if they don't fight to protect that trademark. That means making a claim the moment the infringement happens or they become aware of it, not praising Dublin Dr Pepper, advertising Dublin Dr Pepper and even advising people to purchase Dublin Dr Pepper online. Also, Dublin was not selling outside their territory. All online sales were made out of Dublin, Texas and the consumer paid for the shipping, which arguably could mean Dublin Dr Pepper wasn't shipping it. It's virtually the same as someone asking their friend to drive to the store, buy them 4 cases of Dublin Dr Pepper and then paid them to ship it to them. The craziest part of this whole thing is that Dr Pepper corporate had no case and yet they won. Their actions over the years gave Dublin implicit consent to violate the written agreement and continue operations as they were. In the end, the party with the big money put a foot on the throat of the little guy so they could win a case they didn't have.

Michmm
Michmm

No "Michelle" does not work for Dr Pepper.  "Michelle" is just tired of people crying when they don't get what they want when they brought this all on themselves.  All you have to do is read the court documents to see that Dublin shut down their Dr Pepper operations because they were in violation of their contract with Corp Dr Pepper.  Why do people in America feel they are entitled to anything that they do not work for?  Why do people in America think that a big corporation is bullying the little guy for holding them accountable.  Work your butt off, earn what you get, keep your word by following all the terms of a contract that you signed and don't cry when you get your hand slapped.  The only thing this is really about is that Dublin was not abiding to the terms of a contract THEY agreed to and signed.  Who cares what version of the product anyone is producing, it is sugar water folks!

Bruce
Bruce

Why do I get the feeling that 'michelle' works in the PR department of DrP/Snapple?

Perrilyntx
Perrilyntx

Michelle.... I agree with you ONLY with the fact that contracts are binding.... But you are severely missing facts to your statements.... I have read the allegations and responses given by both parties and YES Dr Pepper/Snapple was being a bully to the smaller company.... They are NOT now or even going to bottle the original formula including pure cane sugar.... They are using beet sugar which DOES taste different.... I hope you never experience what these good people are going through but I DO hope you get enlightened to better facts!!!!

Michelle McMillian
Michelle McMillian

You are correct when you say that there were other reasons for Corp DP going after Dublin but not for the reasons you have stated.  There are a few other independent bottlers that still bottle with pure cane sugar but they abide to the terms of the contracts.  The territorial thing has long been an issue.  The other problem with Dublin is the trade mark…  Dr Pepper has never been trade mark by any other name, i.e. Dublin Dr Pepper.  It does not matter if Texan’s know the difference.  Yes Corp DP has embraced this bottler in the past because of its rich history for the brand but, they also expect the bottler to abide to the terms of the contract.   It makes no sense to say that Corp DP went after them because they wanted to start making a Throw Back version of DP…  all they would have to do is encourage other bottlers of DP to produce the sugar cane product and there would be no problem.  DP would benefit more that way.  The bottom line is that this bottler wanted to go against everything they agreed to many, many years ago and that just does not fly.  A contract is binding… don’t like it, don’t sign it!  Corp DP is abiding to the terms of their contracts with all bottlers by making sure everyone is selling inside the agreed counties within the contracts.  It also does not matter that retailers and individuals would travel to Dublin for the product, it matters that Dublin was selling their product over the internet and phone.   If Corp DP did not step in and stop Dublin, then every other bottler who lost 1 sale to Dublin (selling outside of their agreed counties) could sue Corp DP for not enforcing the contracts.  You are correct when you say that Corp DP provided a link on their website to the Dublin bottler but, it was never a link to buy over the internet.  It was a link so people could see the rich history behind the brand.  You also stated that the Corp CEO gave a newscaster a six pack of DP from Dublin and talked about the history behind this bottler.  That is because Corp DP supported and loved that history too.   Again the bottom line is the contract and Corp DP commitment to all of their bottling partners.  1 vs 100’s.   Corp DP does not care if they sell pure cane DP or HFCS DP…  either way they sell the syrup and make the money.  Do you want to go back in time to an era where territories were decided on the street with guns?  I don’t.To better understand it, think of it as an individual wanting to open a McDonald’s (which is franchised by McDonald’s Corp), and that individual decides he wants  to add his name to the trade mark name McDonald’s and sell Bob’s Big Mac at Bob’s McDonald’s instead.  Do you expect McDonald’s to say “no problem”?  Additionally, McDonald’s only allows franchises where there are no other McDonald’s within a certain distance but Bob decides he doesn’t care about the other McDonald’s franchise owners and he is going to open up ½ block away from another McDonald’s franchise and infringe on the other owners territory.  McDonald’ Corp would be serving Bob with a major dose of justice and taking away his franchise license.    Emotions cannot interfere with doing the right thing.  No corporation can turn their heads and ignore blatant violations.  If they did, they would not be in business long and a lot more people would lose jobs.  The CEO of the former Dublin Dr Pepper is the only one that can take the blame on this one.  If he had stuck to the contract, he could still be selling DP as a bottler and not just as a customer from the fountain at Doc’s Soda Shop.  Those retailers could still be driving to Dublin and buying the product.   This is not a situation of the corporation being the bully, it is called consequence of your actions!

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