On June 20, 1919, Roy Allen opened a roadside root beer stand in Lodi, California, using a formula he had purchased from a pharmacist. He soon opened additional stands in Stockton, California and five stands in nearby Sacramento, home of the country’s first drive-in featuring "tray-boys" for curbside service. In 1920, Allen became partners with Frank Wright and the two combined their initials and called their product A&W Root Beer.
The story of the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group begins with the very invention of the soft drink in 1783 and continues today to include more than 50 brands of carbonated soft drinks, juices, teas, mixers, waters and other premium beverages. The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has six of the top ten non-cola soft drinks, and provides beverages synonymous with refreshment, fun, and flavor.