Without the Civil War, There Would Be No Vernors. Before the conflict began, James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist, had concocted a new drink. When Vernor was called off to war in 1862, he stored the secret mixture in an oak cask in his pharmacy. After returning from battle four years later, he opened his secret keg and found the drink inside had been transformed.
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.