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.

8. Pepsi Beverages Company

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Pepsi was created in North Carolina, by a guy named Caleb Bradham, in the year 1893. The beverage originally went by the name “Brad’s Drink,” and was sold exclusively at the drugstore at which Bradham worked. Bradham changed the name 5 years later, however, after the digestive enzyme “pepsin” and the “kola” nuts used in the recipe. Alongside these kola nuts, the original recipe also included vanilla and real, cane sugar.

The cola developed popularity and in 1902, the Pepsi-Cola Company was born. Cultural circumstances, such as the Great Depression, however, would cause trouble for the newly founded company. In 1931, they declared bankruptcy. The trademarked recipe and company would quickly be bought up by Charles Guth, who owned a syrup manufacturing business in Maryland. Gulf also owned Loft, a candy company, so he used these resources to his advantage to reformulate the Pepsi soda syrup.

However, Guth’s use of Loft’s resources and utilities quickly got out of hand, and he found himself in a lawsuit in 1935. Loft won the case ultimately, and in 1941, they absorbed Pepsi, and rebranded themselves under The Pepsi-Cola Company that same year.

In 1965, the Pepsi-Cola Company merged with Frito-Lay, Inc. to become PepsiCo, Inc.  From here, and through the mid-90s, PepsiCo. Expanded via acquisitions outside of its core focus. Over the years, Pepsi would own companies such as: Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and California Pizza Kitchen.

In August 2009, PepsiCo made a $7 billion offer to acquire the two largest bottlers of its products in North America: Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas. In 2010 this acquisition was completed, resulting in the formation of a new wholly owned subsidiary of PepsiCo, Pepsi Beverages Company.

Pepsi has been bottled in a variety of locations in Jacksonville since 1908. Former Pepsi Bottling Group plant sites include 634 West Bay Street, 1528 Enterprise Street, and 1770-1772 Evergreen Street (8th & Evergreen) in Springfield. The present 300 employee bottling plant at 5829 Pepsi Place was completed in 1986.

For more information, visit their website at: http://www.pepsico.com/

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