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History of our Brands

2008 Our American Beverages business is sold and rebranded as Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG)

2006 We sell our Europe Beverages business, to focus our resources on our other businesses which have greater potential for growth and returns

2003 Mott's introduces The Works, a special blend of Clamato, seasonings, extra spices and the fresh taste of horseradish.

2002 Red Fusion, the first new flavour addition to the Dr Pepper range, is launched and Mott's launches a ready-to-drink version of the Bloody Caesar cocktail.

2000 Cadbury Schweppes buys Snapple as part of the Snapple Beverage Group and Orangina, part of the Pernod Ricard's range of soft drinks, is sold to Cadbury Schweppes.

1999 Cadbury Schweppes plc acquires all rights to Hawaiian Punch for US $203 million and the "Make 7 Up Yours" advertising campaign is launched.

1998 Schweppes brand is fronted by a sophisticated talking leopard, Clive.

1997 Triarc Beverage Group acquires Snapple.

1995 Cadbury Schweppes plc acquires Dr Pepper/Seven-Up Companies Inc.

1993 Snapple Beverages Corporation is purchased by Quaker Oats Company.

1992 Snapple is sold to Thomas H Lee and Company who takes the company public.

1990 Hawaiian Punch is acquired by Procter & Gamble.

1987 Cherry 7 Up and Diet Cherry 7 Up are introduced.  Spot, a character derived from the red dot in the 7 Up trademark is introduced becoming a popular cartoon character and featured in 7 Up advertising and packaging until 1995.

1986 Dr Pepper merges with The Seven-Up Company to form Dr Pepper/Seven Up Companies Inc. and Canada Dry is acquired by Cadbury Schweppes plc.

1982 The 7 Up "No Caffeine" campaign's success forces the soft drink industry to address the caffeine issue with new products and other competitive countermeasures.   Cadbury Schweppes purchase the Duffy-Mott Company.

1980s Black Cherry and Cranberry Apple Seltzers are introduced by Canada Dry.

1979 Sugar-free 7 Up is renamed Diet 7 Up.

1978 The Seven-Up Company is acquired by Philip Morris.

1972 Snapple pure fruit drinks are sold in New York City by Leonard Marsh, Hyman Golden and Arnold Greenberg as the Unadultered Food Corporation.

1970 Sugar-free 7 Up is introduced and is an immediate success.

1969 Schweppes Ltd merges with Cadbury Group Ltd to create Cadbury Schweppes plc.  Clamato Tomato Cocktail is introduced by Mott's, introducing seafoods as a new category of juice and Walter Chell creates the Bloody Caesar Cocktail which soon incorporates Clamato as its preferred ingredient for mixing with vodka.

1967 7 Up's "Uncola" advertising campaign is introduced.

1965 The Schweppes Slimline range is launched.

1961 Hawaiian Punch is sold to the RJ Reynolds Company which later transfers ownership to its subsidiary, Del Monte.

1960s Schweppes launch their famous "Schhh... You Know Who" advertising campaign.

1959 Mott's introduce AM and PM, two blended fruit juice drinks combining apples and other fruits.

1957 Schweppes Bitter Lemon is launched.

1955 Hawaiian Punch becomes a national brand.

1950 The full stop after Dr is dropped out of the name of Dr. Pepper to improve legibility on the bottles.

1950s-60s Canada Dry is the first major soft drink company to introduce sugar-free drinks and to put soft drinks in cans.

1940s 7 Up becomes the third best selling soft drink in the world.

1946 The Pacific Citrus Products Company is purchased for around $200,000 by Reuben P Hughes who renames it the Pacific Hawaiian Products Co.Late

1938 Mott's Apple Juice is introduced.

1937 Leo's Hawaiian Punch is sold as a concentrated tropical fruit topping for ice cream under the trade name. The name Leo is dropped several years later.

1936 The first licence is awarded to a bottler in Peru to manufacture and sell Canada Dry beverages. Within two years, Canada Dry has plants in 14 countries including New Zealand.  Dr Trigo invents Naranjina which is bought by Leon Beton and renamed Orangina and following the success of the new drink, Grigg changes the name of the Howdy Corporation to The Seven-Up Company.

1934 A W Leo, Tom Yates and Ralph Harrison develop the first Hawaiian Punch recipe.

1933 Mott's start making prune juice for California Prune and Apricot Growers Association - a relationship that will continue for over 40 years.

1930 Mott's turn to making apple sauce following prohibition.

1930s Introduction of Canada Dry's Sparkling Water quickly followed by Tonic Water, Collins Mix and other fruit flavours as mixers.

1929 Grigg introduces a new soft drink named "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda" two weeks before the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929. Shortly afterwards he changed the brand's name to 7 Up.

1923 Lazenby and his son-in-law, J B O'Hara moved the Dr. Pepper company from Waco to Dallas.   P D Saylor and Associates purchase Canada Dry from the McLaughlin family and form the public corporation, Canada Dry Ginger Ale Inc.

1921 The first Canada Dry plant is opened in the United States.

1920 C L Grigg, founder of 7 Up, forms the Howdy Corporation in St Louis, US.

1920s-1930s "Old Doc" a typical country doctor with monocle and top hat becomes the Dr. Pepper trademark character.

1919 Canada Dry is shipped to New York.

1904 Canada Dry "pale dry" Ginger Ale is launched.

1900 The Mott Company merges with W.B.Duffer Cider Company.

1898 Schweppes introduces Ginger Beer.

1897 Schweppes is floated as a public company in London, England.

1891 Wade Morrison and Robert Lazenby form the Artesian Mfg & Bottling Company, which later becomes the Dr. Pepper Company.

1890 John J McLaughlin (founder of Canada Dry) opens a small plant in Toronto to manufacture soda water.

1885 Dr. Pepper is first made and sold in Waco, Texas.

1870 Schweppes products expand with the introduction of Tonic Water and Ginger Ale. Tonic Water soon becomes popular with the British in India, as it contains quinine, used as a preventative measure against malaria.

1851 Schweppes wins the contract to supply "Temperance" beverages at the Great Exhibition in the UK.

1842 Samuel Mott begins making apple cider and vinegar in New York State.

1837 Schweppes is awarded the Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria.

1834 John Kemp-Welch and William Evill buy J. Schweppe & Co, extending the product range to include flavoured soda drinks such as lemonade.

1831 Schweppes becomes the Supplier of Soda Water and Mineral Water to the Royal Household.

1790 Schweppe enters into a partnership to expand the business and establishes a factory in London, England.

1783 Jacob Schweppe invents an efficient system for the manufacture of carbonated mineral water.