Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How did Dr Pepper get its name?
A: A pharmacist named Charles Alderton created Dr Pepper in 1885. Alderton worked at a drugstore in Waco, Texas, owned by Wade Morrison. Legend has it that Morrison named it "Dr. Pepper" after the father of a young girl he was once in love with.
Q: How long has Dr Pepper been around?
A: Dr Pepper was created in Waco, Texas, in 1885 and, as such, is the oldest major soft drink brand in America.
Q: Is Dr Pepper owned by a larger company?
A: Yes. Along with a number of other great brands, Dr Pepper is a brand within the Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG). DPSG is one of the largest producers of soft drinks and premium beverages in the Americas. DPSG's brand portfolio includes Snapple, Dr Pepper, 7UP, A&W Root Beer, Sunkist soda, Canada Dry, Hawaiian Punch, Schweppes, RC Cola, Diet Rite, Slush Puppie frozen drinks, Mott's Apple Juice, Clamato, Mr & Mrs T, Holland House mixers, Rose's, Mistic, Yoo-Hoo, Orangina, IBC, Stewart's, Nantucket Nectars and other well-known consumer brands.
Q: Where is Dr Pepper Snapple Group located?
A: Our corporate office is in Plano, Texas, about 25 miles north of Dallas. Our soft drink concentrate manufacturing facility is in St. Louis, Missouri, and we have sales professionals throughout the United States.
Q: Can I get a coupon for Dr Pepper?
A: Check your local newspaper for Dr Pepper coupons and specials available in your specific area.
Q: Where can I find Dr Pepper brands?
A: Most Dr Pepper brands are available nationwide at major retail outlets. The availability of specific flavors, package types and sizes is determined by the local Dr Pepper bottler in your area. If you are unable to find your favorite Dr Pepper brand in your area, please call the consumer toll-free number (1-888-377-3773) for assistance.
Q: Why can't I find Dr Pepper in my area? Why don't you make Dr Pepper in package sizes I prefer?
A: Making our products available in all flavors and packages nationwide is a high priority for us. However, we license the production of our sodas to local bottlers, and they decide what flavors to produce and package sizes to bottle our products in. If a product or package combination you like is unavailable in your city, please do us a favor and call your local bottler and ask them to produce it. If the bottler produces it, please ask your retailer to carry it. If you need help contacting your local bottler, please send us an email with your ZIP Code, and we'll let you know the bottler for Dr Pepper in your area. Remember, bottlers and retailers will only produce and stock what sells. The more people who call them, the more likely they will add the produce or package size to their lineup.
Q: How do I read the production code on Dr Pepper?
A: The production code format is determined by your local bottler. Please call the Dr Pepper consumer toll-free number (1-888-377-3773) for assistance.
Q: What is the flavor of Dr Pepper supposed to be?
A: Dr Pepper is a unique blend of 23 flavors. The formula for Dr Pepper is proprietary information.
Q: Does this product come in other flavors?
A: Yes, Dr Pepper comes in Diet Dr Pepper, Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper, Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper, Caffeine Free Dr Pepper, Caffeine Free Diet Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper Cherry and Diet Dr Pepper Cherry.
Q: What is hot Dr Pepper?
A: Hot Dr Pepper was developed many years ago as a refreshing winter drink. Heat Dr Pepper in a saucepan to 180 degrees, place a thin slice of lemon in the bottom of a coffee mug or insulated cup and pour the heated Dr Pepper over the lemon.
Q: What is the shelf life of this product?
A: Diets with Aspartame or Aspartame/AceK blends: 3 months or 13 weeks
Glass & Cans with Sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup Sweetener: 9 months or 39 weeks
Plastic Bottles (all products): 3 months or 13 weeks
Q: Does Dr Pepper contain prune juice?
A: Dr Pepper is a unique blend of natural and artificial flavors; it does not contain prune juice.
Q: Does Dr Pepper contain gluten?
A: All of our products are considered gluten-free. Note: All products, which contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, may contain trace amounts of corn gluten. According to the Celiac Sprue Association, corn gluten is not harmful to people with Celiac Sprue disease. We encourage consumers with specific questions about Celiac Sprue to contact the Celiac Sprue Association at
Q: Does this product contain sugar?
A: Yes, Dr Pepper, Caffeine Free Dr Pepper, Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper and Dr Pepper Cherry products contain sugar. However, Diet Dr Pepper, Diet Caffeine Free Dr Pepper, Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper and Diet Dr Pepper Cherry do not contain sugar.
Q: Is this an aspartame free product?
A: Yes, Dr Pepper, Caffeine Free Dr Pepper, Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper and Dr Pepper Cherry are aspartame free products. However, Diet Dr Pepper, Diet Caffeine Free Dr Pepper, Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper and Diet Dr Pepper Cherry do contain aspartame.
Q: How much caffeine is in a can of Dr Pepper?
A: Information on caffeine content in Dr Pepper brands is as follows:
Regular Dr Pepper= 28 mg of caffeine per 8 fluid ounces
Diet Dr Pepper= 28 mg of caffeine per 8 fluid ounces
Diet Cherry Vanilla= 26 mg of caffeine per 8 fluid ounces
Regular Cherry Vanilla= 26 mg of caffeine per 8 fluid ounces
Caffeine Free Regular= 0 mg of caffeine per 8 fluid ounces
Caffeine Free Diet= 0 mg of caffeine per 8 fluid ounces
Dr Pepper Cherry= 26 mg of caffeine per 8 fluid ounces
Diet Dr Pepper Cherry= 26 mg of caffeine per 8 fluid ounces
Q: How many calories does this product have?
A: Calorie content will vary based on package size. Each package will list calorie content in the Nutrition Facts panel. Using a 12 fluid ounce serving, calories are as follows:
Regular Dr Pepper= 150
Diet Dr Pepper= 0
Cherry Vanilla= 140
Diet Cherry Vanilla= 0
Caffeine Free Regular= 150
Caffeine Free Diet= 0
Dr Pepper Cherry= 150
Diet Dr Pepper Cherry= 0
Q: Is this product kosher?
A: The concentrates of Dr Pepper are certified Kosher. It is the responsibility of each individual bottler to certify the finished product. Please contact your local bottler to determine if the finished product is certified Kosher. If you need help determining who your local bottler is, send us an email. Please include your ZIP Code so that we can determine who has the production rights in your area.