The history of Sunkist dates back to way before it was an orange soda. It all started more than a hundred years ago, when citrus fruit growers in California and Arizona instituted the Sunkist trademark as a mark of freshness and premium flavor. As time went on, this mark began appearing on all sorts of great products, from vitamins to fruit snacks, and let everyone know that the thing they were holding was bursting with quality.
In 1978, General Cinema Corporation, a large theater operator and soft drink bottler, created the orange soda we enjoy today and licensed the use of the Sunkist trademark for their delicious orange soft drink.
In 1979, Sunkist Soda was launched nationally and quickly became the #1 orange soda on the market.
In 1986, Cadbury Schweppes acquired the Sunkist Orange Soda license and carried on the tradition of awesomeness into the new millennium. They expanded the Sunkist brand to include Diet Orange, Sparkling Lemonade, Diet Sparkling Lemonade, Strawberry, Grape, Pineapple, Peach and Fruit Punch.
In May 2008, Cadbury Schweppes split up their operations to create a separate American beverage unit, which was renamed the Dr Pepper Snapple Group.
Today, the Dr Pepper Snapple Group is based out of Plano, Texas and operates 24 bottling and manufacturing facilities and more than 200 distribution centers across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
For more information, please visit www.drpeppersnapplegroup.com.