The Dr. Pepper Bottling Company of West Jefferson recently received the 2013 Caleb Bradham Presidents Award for product quality.
U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx was on hand to tour and congratulate employees at the downtown facility on Thursday, June 5.
“I want to congratulate these fine folks for doing such a wonderful job,” Foxx said.
Nic Vannoy, fourth generation sales manager for the company, said this isn’t the first time the bottler has received the award.
“We’ve received the award before,” Vannoy said. “We were one of 19, out of several hundred bottlers, nationwide, who received the award this year.”
The company received the award for the production of its 12 ounce glass bottle sodas, which are bottled in downtown West Jefferson.
West Jefferson Dr. Pepper glass bottle products are wildly popular among soda enthusiasts because their non-diet sodas are made with 99 percent cane sugar and 1 percent high fructose corn syrup.
The Presidents Award is named for Bradham, the North Carolina native who invented Pepsi-Cola at his drugstore in New Bern back in 1898.
While Dr. Pepper is now a part of the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, the product is still licensed to Pepsi.
In addition to receiving the high honor, the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company is celebrating its 65th birthday next year.
The original plant located at 109 N. Third Ave., in downtown West Jefferson, opened in 1940. The plant was initially operated by Carl Colvard and H.R. Vannoy.
Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.