Buy Up All the Dublin Dr Pepper You Can, Because As of Today It No Longer Exists

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If you have but a single can or bottle marked "Dublin Dr Pepper," don't open it. It's a collector's item as of this very moment. That's because as of 5 p.m. today there is no more Dublin Dr Pepper: From here on out, per a settlement agreement just announced in the case filed by Plano-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group in June, the Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company will now be known as Dublin Bottling Works Inc. And it will no longer manufacture Imperial Pure Cane Sugar Dr Pepper at its bottling plant.

It will continue to manufacture soft drinks with pure-cane sugar: Triple XXX Root Beer, NuGrape and SunCrest among others. But Dr Pepper Snapple Group has purchased from from the Kloster family all of its Dr Pepper-related assets, as well as the right to distribute Dr Pepper in the six-county territory (Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Hood, Hamilton and Bosque) previously served by Dublin Dr Pepper. Corporate says the product sold there and elsewhere will continue to be made with pure-cane sugar at the Temple bottling plant, and that "it will still be bottled and canned in distinct, nostalgic packaging." The only difference, says the announcement, is that "it will not reference Dublin on the label."

Sources also inform Unfair Park that 14 out of Dublin Dr Pepper's 40 employees, who worked in the warehouse, have been let go due to the terms of the settlement agreement.

As you'll recall, Dublin Dr Pepper previously denied violating terms of its licensing agreement with corporate HQ. And, said Dublin's Dallas-based attorney Steve Wolens, it wasn't so long ago that corporate and Dublin, which began bottling the beverage in 1891, had a close-knit relationship -- till, that is, corporate started selling its own version of the throwback beverage made with blended beet sugar and sold in cans looking like the Dublin containers.

"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." To which Rodger L. Collins, president of Packaged Beverages for Dr Pepper Snapple Group, adds this: "Our main focus has always been on protecting the strength and integrity of the Dr Pepper trademark. We're pleased to reach an agreement that accomplishes that while also preserving the history and the special relationship Dr Pepper has with the Dublin community."

I'd been peeking at the case file in recent weeks and noticed that recent filings have been made under seal. Now, says the release:
With the central issues of trademark infringement and territorial selling rights resolved, the federal lawsuit DPS filed in June and Dublin's subsequent countersuit in a Texas state court will both be immediately dismissed. DPS will continue to support the popular 'Dr Pepper, Texas' celebration as well as related '10-2-4k' run held each June in Dublin.
Below, one more time, is Dublin's response to the initial lawsuit. It provides the complete history of a company that's now, well, history.Dublin Dr Pepper Response
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Ageless Male Supplement
Ageless Male Supplement

Moxie is only available in Vermont and Maine. Dublin Dr is at some sonics and Jasons's Delibut not in Chicago..

Aptrotta
Aptrotta

I bought a case the day it went out of buissness not knowing it was going out of  buisness. and drank it , looked it up cuz i wanted more, found out it was out of buissness and was upset. but i drank it all. and it was my favorite drink too

Asho
Asho

This is bull shit... why can't they bring something which is useful...

Kyle Michel Sullivan
Kyle Michel Sullivan

I've had Dublin Dr. Pepper and it was excellent. I like it more than the one made with corn syrup. What's saddest is, this is nothing but a case of corporate greed and avarice that's causing this. Dublin DP had that license for 120 years, and all of a sudden they were violating it? At the same time Dallas DP wanted to push their own version?

This sucks...mainly because DP is the only soft drink I do like. Coke's harsh while Sprite and Pepsi are way too sweet, and I loathe Sierra Mist. If I can't find a DP, I'll do Root Beer or a 7-Up...but now I have to rethink my preferences. Apple juice? Gag...that's too damn healthy. Iced tea is too hit or miss. Water? BOR-ring. I guess I'll just have to turn to wine and beer. Because I'd have a hard time supporting a company whose owners so blithely spit on decency and tradition.

Johnc47
Johnc47

Dr. Pepper is right. The question is whether they did this the right way. The blow-back indicates it could have been done with a smaller sledge hammer.

Texaszephyr
Texaszephyr

There are Dairy Queens all over the country, and yet we here in Texas have our own unique version, "Texas Dairy Queens", or "DQ Country".

Ford builds and sells trucks all over the country, yet here in Texas they market "Texas" versions sold by "Texas Ford Dealers".

I could go on and on but the main thing I'm trying to point out is that over the past century there have been countless companies that all showcased and marketed a "Texas" version that was completely different from the mainstream product versions.

The situation with Dublin Dr Pepper could have, and should have been treated the same. Any corporation being operated by someone with half a brain should have seen that Dublin Dr Pepper was just this opportunity... staring them in the eye like a diamond in the rough. So what do they do? They trounce on the Dublin folks, remove its name and overnight destroy the one thing that Dr Pepper had going for them that wasn't phony like most of their recent marketing ploys.

Just think about it folks. They could have continued using the likes of Gene Simmons from KISS as their doctor pushing Cherry DP, their new Rambo knock off for all the guys second guessing their manhood, and yes, good old DUBLIN DR PEPPER for all those who remember what it was like to live in a small town and drink something simple, quiet and without all the fake stuff added. How about getting Willie Nelson or Sam Elliot as your "Dublin" pitch man.

But instead of spreading the craze and following that Dublin Dr Pepper has enjoyed for over 100 years, and instead of actively promoting it and expanding its sales territory and easy to associate "Dublin" name, no Dr Pepper-Snapple has decided to follow in the footsteps of that Great Soft Drink leader of the past, "New Coke".

Yes folks, Dr Pepper has finally caught up and surpassed Coke, not in sales and not in flavor, but in corporate stupidity. And this is the same drink that was founded here in Texas? It may be the same name of what was created in Texas, but let's face it, its no longer the same drink.

What are these people in Plano thinking? Do they not realize that they turned their back on the old Dr Pepper headquarters in Dallas and tore it down? That they sold out to a foreign company? And now they expect us Texans to forget this latest debacle? I don't think so.

I could care less if they are offering a similar version from Temple. Sorry Dr Snapple, it's not the same thing. Although you might quickly argue the taste will be the same, it still will not ever make up for what you had going in tiny Dublin, Texas. For you see Dr Snapple, its not the taste that Temple will try to copy that made Dublin Dr Pepper what it was. It was the name "Dublin", it was the town "Dublin", it was that tiny little bottling plant in "Dublin", and most of all it was the people of "Dublin". And you have destroyed it all.

I'll say this, if I was the CEO of Dr Pepper Snapple I think I would have noticed by now that there must be something about this "Dublin Dr Pepper" thing going on southwest of Ft. Worth. I think I would have noticed that although you could buy our "regular" brew anywhere in America that there was something strange going on in Central Texas. A tiny bottling company who refused to change their formula to your current "High Fructose Corn Syrup" swill that you produce. I think I would have also noticed by now that there must be a reason that folks all over Texas (and a few other states as well) are willing to drive hundreds of miles each week just to buy a beverage called and labeled "Dublin Dr Pepper". Now I ask you big shots in Plano, exactly when was the last time anyone would drive that far for any of your current versions?

With a little common sense I would have sent an ad agency into Dublin, videotaped a few commercials especially during their Dr Pepper Festival and launched a state wide marketing campaign promoting the town, the bottler and the "Dublin" version of the drink.

And before long it would have crossed state lines and then....     More $$$$$ for everyone.

So I ask, exactly what was the threat here? We all know from the numbers it wasn't sales. And since when does a bunch of Snapple drinkers care what folks in Central Texas do. But the bottom line is your suits screwed the pooch big time here folks, far worse than New Coke ever dreamed of.

And speaking of Coke, isn't it interesting that Coke learned its lesson within weeks and quickly returned "Coke Classic" to the shelves. But no, not Dr Pepper. No lets keep forcing your current bad tasting, sometimes cherry and sometimes not versions on the masses. So exactly how many cases of diabetes has your current Dr Pepper caused since switching to HFCS years ago? Funny how your drink was around for decades before the switch and yet no one got sick from drinking it back then. Anyway I hope that everyone will boycott your line of drinks and will be switching over to Mr. Pibb as a result.

Steve Goen
Steve Goen

There are Dairy Queens all over the country, and yet we here in Texas have our own unique version, "Texas Dairy Queens", or "DQ Country".

Ford builds and sells trucks all over the country, yet here in Texas they market "Texas" versions sold by "Texas Ford Dealers".

I could go on and on but the main thing I'm trying to point out is that over the past century there have been countless companies that all showcased and marketed a "Texas" version that was completely different from the mainstream product versions.

The situation with Dublin Dr Pepper could have, and should have been treated the same. Any corporation being operated by someone with half a brain should have seen that Dublin Dr Pepper was just this opportunity... staring them in the eye like a diamond in the rough. So what do they do? They trounce on the Dublin folks, remove its name and overnight destroy the one thing that Dr Pepper had going for them that wasn't phony like most of their recent marketing ploys.

Just think about it folks. They could have continued using the likes of Gene Simmons from KISS as their doctor pushing Cherry DP, their new Rambo knock off for all the guys second guessing their manhood, and yes, good old DUBLIN DR PEPPER for all those who remember what it was like to live in a small town and drink something simple, quiet and without all the fake stuff added. How about getting Willie Nelson or Sam Elliot as your "Dublin" pitch man.

But instead of spreading the craze and following that Dublin Dr Pepper has enjoyed for over 100 years, and instead of actively promoting it and expanding its sales territory and easy to associate "Dublin" name, no Dr Pepper-Snapple has decided to follow in the footsteps of that Great Soft Drink leader of the past, "New Coke".

Yes folks, Dr Pepper has finally caught up and surpassed Coke, not in sales and not in flavor, but in corporate stupidity. And this is the same drink that was founded here in Texas? It may be the same name of what was created in Texas, but let's face it, its no longer the same drink.

What are these people in Plano thinking? Do they not realize that they turned their back on the old Dr Pepper headquarters in Dallas and tore it down? That they sold out to a foreign company? And now they expect us Texans to forget this latest debacle? I don't think so.

I could care less if they are offering a similar version from Temple. Sorry Dr Snapple, it's not the same thing. Although you might quickly argue the taste will be the same, it still will not ever make up for what you had going in tiny Dublin, Texas. For you see Dr Snapple, its not the taste that Temple will try to copy that made Dublin Dr Pepper what it was. It was the name "Dublin", it was the town "Dublin", it was that tiny little bottling plant in "Dublin", and most of all it was the people of "Dublin". And you have destroyed it all.

I'll say this, if I was the CEO of Dr Pepper Snapple I think I would have noticed by now that there must be something about this "Dublin Dr Pepper" thing going on southwest of Ft. Worth. I think I would have noticed that although you could buy our "regular" brew anywhere in America that there was something strange going on in Central Texas. A tiny bottling company who refused to change their formula to your current "High Fructose Corn Syrup" swill that you produce. I think I would have also noticed by now that there must be a reason that folks all over Texas (and a few other states as well) are willing to drive hundreds of miles each week just to buy a beverage called and labeled "Dublin Dr Pepper". Now I ask you big shots in Plano, exactly when was the last time anyone would drive that far for any of your current versions?

With a little common sense I would have sent an ad agency into Dublin, videotaped a few commercials especially during their Dr Pepper Festival and launched a state wide marketing campaign promoting the town, the bottler and the "Dublin" version of the drink.

And before long it would have crossed state lines and then....     More $$$$$ for everyone.

So I ask, exactly what was the threat here? We all know from the numbers it wasn't sales. And since when does a bunch of Snapple drinkers care what folks in Central Texas do. But the bottom line is your suits screwed the pooch big time here folks, far worse than New Coke ever dreamed of.

And speaking of Coke, isn't it interesting that Coke learned its lesson within weeks and quickly returned "Coke Classic" to the shelves. But no, not Dr Pepper. No lets keep forcing your current bad tasting, sometimes cherry and sometimes not versions on the masses. So exactly how many cases of diabetes has your current Dr Pepper caused since switching to HFCS years ago? Funny how your drink was around for decades before the switch and yet no one got sick from drinking it back then. Anyway I hope that everyone will boycott your line of drinks and will be switching over to Mr. Pibb as a result.

Jlowrey
Jlowrey

As for Dr Pepper I like it!  As for what they did to the Dublin Dr. Pepper folks... just wrong!  I can certainly live the rest of my life without anymore of their products!  Hope all the corporate wheels rot in hell for killing Dublin Dr. Pepper!

None Ya
None Ya

Sad that this has turned into a stupid politics thing......

trudat
trudat

...and may you go straight to your maker too...

Willis
Willis

Isn't the pure sugar based dr. Pepper sold in the Dallas area markets more or less the same thing? Its around $6.00 per six pack and tastes great compared to the the mass produced artificially flavored dr. Pepper.... They're just halting sales of this one Dublin plant's version of it, but you can still buy the other stuff sold locally in Dallas, Plano etc., no??

Daniel Annamiller
Daniel Annamiller

So sad! My husband and I visit there for our 1 yr Anniversary because of our love for DP. The DP made with Imperial Cane Sugar really is better than other cane sugar. It will be missed! Glad we saved 1 bottle!

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall

Possibly one of the stupidest exchanges ever on the site.

Mark Birnbaum
Mark Birnbaum

Wow. I’ve just read most of this thread, and I’ve learned alot about Dr. Pepper. Here’s my contribution:

 

On Saturdays in the late 1950’s, when I was 10 or11, my Dadwould drag me to the Jewish Community Center in downtown Baltimore. It was andold stone building, not anymore in a very good neighborhood, and I didn’treally enjoy going there so much. But it held a mystery, a delicious secret.

 

The JCC had a fine indoor pool and a gym, so I’d swim withthe other kids and maybe play a little basketball. When I’d showered anddressed, I’d walk out of the funky locker room into a dim marble foyer. Therestood a thing of wonder: a Dr. Pepper soda machine.

 

I believe it was the only vending device at the J. The kidswould gather in front and bask in the glow of its cheery red 10, 2 and 4 logo. Themachine dispensed one thing only: Dr. Pepper.

 

You’d plunk in a dime and push a button. After some whirringand clicking a paper cup dropped down and began to fill with cold, bubbly brownliquid. You’d been waiting a whole week for this. Nowhere else in Baltimore,not in supermarkets or movie theaters or anywhere could you purchase Dr.Pepper. Just this machine at the JCC.

 

There was much speculation among the kids as to what was inDr. Pepper, lot’s of crazy ideas. All agreed it was an elixir, benefiting thosewho drank it with superior strength and brain health. Why else place it justoutside the locker room? As I remember the consensus was that it was carbonatedprune juice, an elixir of another sort that many of our families swore by.

 

We’d savor our cups, slow sips searching once again todiscern some clue to its origins. A kid that had had a good week might pop fora second shot. Then we’d head out to the street, leaving the hallowed dispenserand its sweet swig until next week.

 

That machine is gone, the building is gone, hell… much ofwhat I knew as Baltimore is gone, but Dr. Pepper survives, in all of its purecane goodness. And now I know where it comes from.

sm21
sm21

Corporate greed --- Boycott ALL Dr. Pepper! Dublin wasn't hurting them... it was only helping the Dr. Pepper name... now off to ditch all of the old Dr. Pepper tshirts I'd got over the years... and pour all the Dr. Pepper left in the house down the drain (of course, except the Dublin bottles I have here).

Catfishryan
Catfishryan

HA HA! As a former employee at the Dublin dr Pepperwarehouse I know first hand that it is run by an evil man(Kent Crouch). They dont even make it there anyways their equipment is too old, they turn it on once a week for the museum. Good riddens.

squeakzilla
squeakzilla

first the wrongheaded "dr pepper ten" ad campaign, and now this. fuck you, dr pepper/snapple. you won your petty war, but you've lost a lifelong customer. i'll buy the heb generic from now on if i need a fix.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Boycott a Texas-based company because they bought out a distributor violating their contract!

That's essentially what some of you are saying. DPSG employs a fair amount of good strong Texans too, you know. Did ya think of that?

Dublin Dr. Pepper almost certainly violated the terms of their agreement with corporate, and then agreed to this settlement. Did anyone read their response? It's basically poor PR. It certainly does appear they brought some of this on themselves, don't let that get forgotten in the pitchforks and torches routine.

Jim Pack
Jim Pack

They didn't just kill a soft drink, they killed a whole town!

Hi Mom.
Hi Mom.

I am not a fan of the product, but I am a fan of the Heritage and the lineage to Texas.  I will miss talking about Dublins, but I think its important to note that NO ONE has mentioned the fact that Dublin's had multiple chances to adhere to the agreement they signed to stay in the 6 counties - How many Dallasites can get DDP's in town?  There's the argument right there.  Does it make DPS's actions right? not really. But are their actions legally justified?  Unfortunately for the fans, DDP made it so.

frank
frank

I'm not sure anyone has answered the obvious question: Why on Earth would DPS *not* want to sell a popular niche product? This has nothing whatsoever to do with denying the North Texas Hipster Community (TM) a beverage that many may appreciate, but few actually drink. If DP made with sugar makes money for a DP bottler, you can bet your beard it will remain on the market.

Instead this all about a franchisee which wouldn't respect the terms of it's agreement, and in doing so harmed other family-owned, independent Texas bottlers, albeit ones without cutsey storefronts and back-stories.

Finally, here's a prediction: It doesn't matter if this turns out to be the most commented upon article in D.O,. history, because alll this huffing, puffing, and hissy-fitting will have precisely zero effect on DPS' bottom line.

Hulon Pate
Hulon Pate

Dublin will likely become a ghost town as a direct result . As this will have a direct affect on the town's only other major industry. That would be the local police department ticketing out of town motorist.  :) 

David Carroll
David Carroll

I've been a Dr. Pepper drinker for years.  I'm done with it today.  Dr Pepper is no longer the soda pop of Texas.

Palkal77
Palkal77

I had never even heard of this plant but it just disgusts me, the fact that this little plant who only added to the fans of Dr. Pepper is being put out of business for pure greed is really pathetic. Dr Pepper/Snapple should be ashamed of themselves and I am pretty sure Dr. Pepper will be boycotted from now on in my home.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Sucrose is sucrose, people. The chemistry of refined sugar is the same whether it came from beets or sugar cane, and it certainly wouldn't make a lick of difference when made into a Dr. Pepper with other, much more dominating flavors.

Let's get over the beet sugar hysteria.

M. Boyle
M. Boyle

"Our main focus has always been on protecting the strength and integrity of the Dr. Pepper trademark."  Really?  So recognizing, promoting, and being proud of the history and tradition that created the trademark by supporting your oldest bottler with over 100 years’ experience producing your product is a sign of weakness and a lack of integrity?  If you truly cared about your brand and its history you would want Dublin Dr. Pepper on the shelves everywhere.  Let's see there's Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper, Dr. Pepper 10, Cherry Dr. Pepper, Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper, Vanilla Dr. Pepper, Diet Vanilla Dr. Pepper, Dr. Pepper with Real Sugar, but Dublin Dr. Pepper?  No we just can't have that!  Who do they think they are distinguishing themselves from us because they have a unique flavor and have been making Dr. Pepper longer than anyone in the company has been alive?  Let's sue! Is there really that much lack of respect and understanding at the corporate level about what built the company and why consumers are so devoted?  There was another soft drink company that forgot where it came from once.  It was called New Coke.  Although Coca-Cola had changed its formula several times over the years before Bill Cosby asked us to swallow the new version, we didn't care!  Rather than just say, "My bad!" and change things back the “powers to be” decided to avoid admitting to the blunder and Coca-Cola Classic was born.  Funny thing is I can't find New Coke anywhere.  It's a shame the last bastion of the traditionally southern soft drink beverage we grew up and became "Peppers" on has been crushed by...  Plano Yankees?  Well, the south should not rise again but maybe the folks down in Dublin can fire a shot of their own heard 'round the world.  Dublin RX, tastes similar to Dr. Pepper, Dr. Thunder and Mr. Pibb but is made with real cane sugar.  That's right you heard it here first in January 12, 2011 at around 8:00 CST. Mr. Kloster, if you're listening and would like to use my trademark, give me a call.  I'm sure we can work out a fair and equitable agreement.  I'd love to work with you and hit Dr. Pepper where it hurts the most, market share.

Mysticstriper
Mysticstriper

NO WAY! I'm SO MAD!!!! This is just WRONG!!!

kammie
kammie

For many years, my drink of choice has been Diet Dr. Pepper...with an occasional Dublin DP a couple of times a year.  But this stinks.  As of now though, I'll drink Diet Coke or something else; no more Dr. Pepper for me.

CoffeeCake145
CoffeeCake145

What a sad day for Dublin, TX.  I used to frequent there when I was a student at Tarleton (thank God I'm done there!) and always stopped in to get some Dublin Dr. Pepper.  I guess it really pissed Dr. Pepper off when Dublin Dr. Pepper started selling outside of their boundaries.  Hopefully Dr. Pepper will come to their senses and allow Dublin DP to resume production.  Until then, I'm drinking Pepsi...

Sammy
Sammy

Dublin Dr. Pepper will be back one day.  It'll just take a huge drop in sales for them to realize what the people want really matters.  OCCUPY DR. PEPPER!!

Augie
Augie

In the years I've read unfairpark blog, nothing has ever had anywhere near this many comments! I wonder if MultiConglomerSnapple has any idea how many folks they've displeased with this move?  I've seen many folks claiming they will never touch another Dr. Pepper/Snapple product.  Don't know that true fans of the drink will be able to stick with that long.  Truly, the geeks in the board room gobbling up assets like pawns on the chess board failed to consider the loyalty, nostalgia factor in this purchase.  Talk about stirring up the anti corporate sentiment!  Holy Hell! 

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah that's a good reason to become an alcoholic... 

Kksailer
Kksailer

What does all of this have to do with Dublin Dr Pepper?  Go to a political site to carry on with this.  This is not the place.

jamesw62
jamesw62

it is kind of hard to fault Dublin when the main Dr Pepper page had a link to dublin dr pepper

phliKtid
phliKtid

jesus, jim!  that's so crass and WRONG!!  how could they kill the town they LOVE!?  they said so in their press release, so it must be true.  just like they must be in the right because they won the court case.  seriously, the are going to continue supporting the dr. pepper celebrations in dublin, and the 5k run.  plus you can buy cane sugar dp in town lovingly crafted by another bottler who isn't a part of the community.  god dammit, jim, get yourself together and see the facts!  comply!

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

Blame the bottler that wouldn't stop shipping into other small bottlers' territories (and hurting their businesses).

Stewartg2367
Stewartg2367

I'm sure it's all about politics.  There's no other good reason why they would immediately shut it down like that.  I fucking hate corporate politics.

singledadforthree
singledadforthree

@Scruffygeist Where or rather what planet are you from?  In simplest terms sucrose is sucrose, that said brush up on how beet sugar is processed and then compare it to cane sugar and how it is processed.  One has to be chemically tricked for sugar and the other is a natural process.  The corn syrup and HF corn syrups are completely different and many people  react badly to the effects on the body's metabolism.  Lots of fat lab rats show testament to this but it is kept from peoples ears in the name of profit.

I was a huge fan of the Dublin DR PEPPER, during the holiday season DR PEPPER had made limited production of "MADE WITH SUGAR" special packaged DR PEPPER and when it ran out I called them asking for more, WOW SNAPPLE responded to both my phone inquiry and my email with both DUBLIN DR PEPPER's web page link, a phone number, a short note telling me they didn't know when they would produce the HERITAGE EDITION made with sugar DR PEPPER again but if I wanted it then I should contact DUBLIN DR PEPPER and order it which I did.  

This facility sent out DR PEPPER to whomever wanted it with SNAPPLES consent, come on, there is no logistical way they could ever have shipped out enough to cause harm to any other bottlers territory, for one thing the cost was very high to ship the stuff because of it weight and most just cant afford it.  They would just go to their local market and buy whats on the shelf just as I did at the time.

This all started out as a pissing contest over someone ruffled feathers and only those responsible know who they are and why.  I can say that several times when I had passed within reasonable driving distance to DUBLIN or one of it territory stores I filled up with their DR PEPPER, bought as much as my car would carry and took it home to TULSA OKLAHOMA.  Of course now as a result of all this many DR PEPPER FANS such as myself refuse to purchase anything that carries the name or the name of any product produced by owning company.  I cant speak for other but I can speak to others and do, send them the hard message the only way possible and don't buy the products. 

I never learned of all this fuss that exploded between corporate DR PEPPER (SNAPPLE) and Dublins DR PEPPER until the summer they "VOLUNTEERED" to quit production, I had bought several dozen cases to take home from a couple of markets near DUBLIN but couldn't find any bottles my preferred container so I drove into the town where the local folks told me the story.  Of course not a single word from the bottler when I asked, just pure politeness and an apology but they were no longer producing DUBLIN DR PEPPER...

Shame, the customer base is the losers and of course the towns long history as the home of DR PEPPER.

I wont buy the brand, wont buy any brand or product sold by the corporate owners., To bad but its better for me as I consumed way to much of it anyway.  I have taken to COCA COLA and find it to ok. 

Stewartg2367
Stewartg2367

That's not the point.  Dublin Dr. Pepper is history.  They've been making that shit since 1891 and for Dr. Pepper to force them to halt production like that is what pisses everyone off.  It's also a huge hit for little ol' Dublin, TX.  That's all they had going for that small town...

jamesw62
jamesw62

do you think the company really cares about the little people or the history?  based on this i would say they dont

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

That's not carte blanche to distribute outside the territory they're contractually limited to.

Can your kid get away with breaking rules at school because you have a picture of them on your desk?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Your point has nothing to do with my point. All I was addressing was the "beet sugar is unacceptable" piece of the rabblerousing. 

phliKtid
phliKtid

all good companies keep dirt on the all-stars, so if they need to come a'knockin' in the middle of the night they've got a legal way to make them disappear (or at least twist their arm until they quit on their own).  dublin dr pepper got too famous, got too much name recognition, got too many people calling them up to order their style of dp (which they alone had made throughout the years), and the quirky wunderkind suddenly got a target on its back and had to be put away.  for the good of the company and all the other less-unique members who play by the rules.  (which are enforced only when corporate needs to level the playing field.  before that, it was just some extra money and a cute, unique feather in the dp cap.)

jamesw62
jamesw62

but doesnt it make you wonder why the link was there if they didnt want people to find out about it.I also read part of the disposition filed by dublin, which was also posted on DP facebook page where the CEO in 09 gave an interview with a six pack of dublin DP on his desk and said " there is no taste better than an ICE COLD DUBLIN DR PEPPER"

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