23 flavors of Dr Pepper to come to campus
Evin Morrison, The Oklahoma Daily
Beginning next Monday, Nov. 26, students will get to taste the 23 flavors of Dr Pepper on campus.
OU has been prohibited from selling Dr Pepper on the Norman campus since 2008 because of its exclusive pouring rights contract with Coca-Cola Refreshments, according to the contract.
Because Coca-Cola Refreshments recently acquired Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co., the university will now be allowed to offer Dr Pepper as well, said Michael Nash, OU press secretary.
Great Plains Coca-Cola, a bottling company in Oklahoma City, is the sixth largest bottler of Coca-Cola in the U.S., according to its website. It has the bottling and distribution rights for Dr Pepper in Oklahoma, said Nash.
The Coca-Cola Company acquired Great Plains Coca-Cola for $360 million on October 25, according to an Oct. 27 article on NewsOK.com. Great Plains is now a part of Coca-Cola Refreshments, the North American bottling company, granting Coca-Cola Refreshments the right to sell Dr Pepper, Nash said.
Because OU has a contract with Coca-Cola Refreshments, OU now has the right to sell Dr Pepper on campus.
The first products - Dr Pepper and Diet Dr Pepper - will start appearing in bottled form, according to a press release. Fountain transition and set-up will begin as soon as possible.
“The university is very pleased that Dr Pepper is now part of the contract,” Nash said.