10 Food and Beverage Products Made in Jacksonville

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What does Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, packaged grocery store vegetables, blended coffee beans, fresh bread, candy and sausage links have in common? Other than being edible, their also produced in and distributed from Jacksonville in some level of capacity. Here's the story behind ten sites where this takes place.

7. Southeast Atlantic Beverage Corporation (Dr. Pepper Snapple Group)

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The Southeast Atlantic Beverage Corporation has been a fixture in Jacksonville’s manufacturing scene since the 1930s. For several decades, the company bottled Ginger Ale, Canada Dry Water, Tom Collins Mixer, Hires Root Beer, Sparkling Water, Tru-Fruit Flavors and Canada Dry in a building adjacent to the Springfield railyard at 635 East 12th Street. In fact, the Jacksonville bottling operation is the second oldest Canada Dry franchise in the country.

In 1978, the company relocated to a 109,236 square foot operation in Jacksonville’s Southside. By 2001, it was churning out 35,000 cases of beverages each day and in 2002, began bottling 7-UP soft drinks. Since the move, its 65,000 gallon water tank, designed to look like a replica 7-UP soda can, has become a fixture for Interstate 95 drivers. What many may not know is that 325,000 gallons of treated water pass through it every day to produce 7-UP, Canada Dry, Sunkist, Diet Rite, Hawaiian Punch and A&W drinks.

Today, the Jacksonville manufacturing center is one of two in Florida and 21 across North America, bottling drinks for the Dr Pepper Snapple Group.  Dr Pepper Snapple Group is the No. 1 flavored carbonated soft drink (CSD) company in the Americas. Dr. Pepper’s history dates back to the creation of soda itself. In 1783, Jean Jacob Schweppe finally perfected the process of carbonating water. About 100 years later, Charles Alderton, a pharmacist from Texas, invented Dr. Pepper.

The beverage was first served at the drugstore Alderton worked at. Customers called it “Waco,” after the city they lived in, but the name was eventually changed to “Dr. Pepper” in honor of Dr. Charles Pepper, a friend of the drugstore owner.  Nearly 100 years after that, three New York-based health food storeowners created an apple flavored soda—it came to be known as “Snapple.”

In 1969, the company, known as Cadbury Schweppes, would begin amassing companies. These included: Dr. Pepper, Snapple, Mott’s, A & W, Sunkist, Canada Dry, Sun Drop, and 7UP. As the portfolio built itself through the 90s, it would eventually be unified under common goals and business strategies, and would be referred to as Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages.

However, in 2006, the company broke away, becoming its own bottling and distribution network know as Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Today, it is one of North America's leading refreshment beverage companies, making more than 50 brands of carbonated soft drinks, juices, teas, mixers, waters and other premium beverages.

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group is located at 6001 Bowdendale Avenue.

For more information, visit: http://www.drpeppersnapplegroup.com/

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