Allow Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Co. to Continue Operations
  • Petitioned Dr Pepper/Snapple, Inc.

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Dr Pepper/Snapple, Inc.

Allow Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Co. to Continue Operations

    1. Polly McDonald
    2. Petition by

      Polly McDonald

      San Antonio, TX

Dr Pepper was founded in Waco, Texas in 1885. The Dublin, Texas plant has been making Dr Pepper for 120 years. It has prided itself on bottling Dr Pepper using the original formula, made with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.  Some even say it's a different formula altogether, adding to its allure. It has a limited distribution area, but a very loyal following. Everyone knows and loves visiting the plant and museum, and finding a glass bottle with the oh-so-familiar 10-2-4 and "Dublin" on the label in a store is a joy for all who know how special it is. The Dr Pepper/Snapple Group has clashed with the Dublin bottling plant on what they call a "trademark violation"--claiming that the Dublin plant is selling outside their territory. In what can only be seen as a greedy corporate takeover of the distribution area, Dr Pepper/Snapple has singlehandedly shut down a town's livelihood and heritage by buying the bottling plant and assets (including the museum) and claiming they will make their own sugar version of the soda at the plant. The fear is that they will not only not honor their statement, but that their intention is to eventually close the plant and sell off the remainder of the assets. Dr Pepper/Snapple, we refuse to buy any of your products until you REVERSE this decision and allow Dublin Dr. Pepper to make and distribute their bottles again using the Dublin recipe and the Dublin label--essentially allowing the Kloster family to once again run their operations the way it has worked for many years. The damage has already been done--now it's time to correct your mistake. DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS!

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7 Up A&W Root Beer A&W Cream Soda Barrelhead Root Beer Cactus Cooler Canada Dry Clamato Country Time Crush Deja Blue Diet Rite Dr Pepper Hawaiian Punch Hires Root Beer IBC Root Beer Margaritaville Mott's Mr and Mrs T Nantucket Nectars Orangina Peñafiel RC Cola ReaLemon Rose's Schweppes Snapple Squirt Stewart's Fountain Classics Sundrop Sunkist Venom Vernors Welch's Yoo-hoo

 

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    1. Reached 20,000 signatures
    2. Have You Gotten Your Boycott DP Shirt Yet?

      Polly McDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Come get your official Boycott Dr Pepper T-shirt and stand with Texans in saying "I will not buy your products!"

    3. Larry Young Was For Dublin Before He Was Against It...

      Polly McDonald
      Petition Organizer

      An interview with the CEO of Dr Pepper/Snapple in November of 2009. Fast forward to 25:21 through 25:45. "There's nothing like a Dublin Dr Pepper," says Mr. Young.

    4. The Dublin Dr Pepper Social Media Disaster

      Polly McDonald
      Petition Organizer

      "When news spread of the Dublin plant’s closing, fans took to Dr Pepper’s social media channels to protest. Surprisingly, Dr Pepper ignored the responses–in some cases deleting impassioned comments from its Facebook page." Read more of the story by clicking the link!

    5. Do You Love Whataburger?

      Polly McDonald
      Petition Organizer

      You might want to sign the petition to Whataburger to stop serving all Dr Pepper products! Thank you, Ryan, for the email and link!

    6. The Colbert Report

      Polly McDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to a friend on the DP link who suggested that we switch gears and ask Stephen Colbert for a little help. Check out his facebook page, click "Everyone's posts" at the top right on his feed, and click "like" under my post with the petition link! Dr Pepper is IGNORING this matter...they think it will just go away...

    7. Dr Pepper Goes from Dublin to Dumber

      Polly McDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Great blog post by Loren Steffy. An excerpt: "By putting the legal kibosh on its Dublin cousin, Dr Pepper has become just another soft drink and made itself look like a bully in the process."

    8. Reached 17,500 signatures
    9. Wells Fargo Analysts Downgrade Dr Pepper/Snapple Group

      Polly McDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Perhaps we are having an effect? Keep spreading the word!

    10. Dallas' Channel 11 (CBS/DFW): Dublin Dr Pepper Fans Furious

      Polly McDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Excellent article to read and send to friends:

      "Sugar-sweetened Dr Pepper will still be sold, but the Dublin bottler won’t produce it and it won’t carry the Dublin name.

      Now consumers are telling Dr Pepper Snapple Group exactly what they think of the deal.

      It’s not pretty.

      Hundreds and maybe thousands of people are attacking the company on Facebook and Twitter."

    11. Reached 12,500 signatures
    12. Thank You....How You Can Help!

      Polly McDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Wow...8,075 signatures! I am blown away. I honestly thought...maybe this will get to a few folks...maybe 150 signatures...but no...so many Texans and friends elsewhere that love Dublin Dr Pepper have spread the word and have shown their support for the little bottling plant and town we care about so much! I should not have expected any less. Thank you for helping, and caring about this attempt to remove a huge piece of our heritage. Please spread the word using every social media outlet you have to post the link to this petition. Can we get to 10,000 signatures by midnight? Can we get to 50,000 by next week? Only with your help!

    13. Reached 8,000 signatures
    14. Dr Pepper/Snapple takes over bottling plant in Dublin

      Polly McDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Dr Pepper/Snapple has bought out the Kloster Family's famous bottling plant. They claim they will continue to make Dr Pepper made with cane sugar...but this doesn't change anything for many people (including the 14 that were laid off from the plant). In fact, it just makes them more angry. What do you think?

    15. Reached 4,000 signatures
    16. Dublin's Tearful Farewell to Dr. Pepper

      Polly McDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Jeff Kloster's family has been bottling Dr Pepper for more than a century. That all ended on Wednesday. "You can't help but feel bad, but my grandfather would've said, 'Keep going.'"

    17. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    • toby tyler COLLEYVILLE, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      dublin dr pepper is my favorite drink and and i do not want it supported by rush limbaugh, i do not trust him, since he backs snapple

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    • Ryan Connell AUSTIN, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because high fructose corn syrup is both disgusting AND very bad for you. I NEVER buy regular Dr. Pepper. Only Dublin. The people of Austin were outraged when our local burger joint, P. Terry's, had to stop carrying Dublin because of this absolute nonsense.

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    • JACQUELINE STEFANSKI WILKES BARRE TOWNSHIP, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Small businesses rule.

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    • Harry Barnes AMHERST, NH
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have issue with eating products with corn based sweeteners since have issue eating corn. Sugar sweetened products I have no problems with. I try to only buy sugar sweetened drinks but like Dr. Pepper.

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    • Kathie Niedra DEKALB, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      When I was young I had my first Dr Pepper in Oklahoma when on family vacation. Since then, Dr Pepper never tasted the same until I discovered Dublin Dr. Pepper. That was it! That was the taste I remembered and loved. I am very sad to learn about this lawsuit and the final outcome.

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