Your Independent Coca-Cola Bottler Part 2

The bottlers wanted to stay competitive with the other local bottlers and offer a choice of sodas to its consumers, not just a cola flavored drink available in only one size bottle. The Coca-Cola Company felt that the one-drink-one-size policy got them where they were and that there was no reason to expand by offering other flavors or larger size bottles. This led many bottlers to taking matters into their own hands and offering a wide variety of flavored drinks. The bottler would often create their own brand or product and distribute a flavored line of drinks. Some bottlers bought the flavored syrup from other nationally known brands then were bottled by Coca-Cola bottlers as well as non Coca-Cola Bottlers, such as Bubble Up, Nu-Grape, Jic Jac,    O-So-Beverages, Sun Rise among others.

The early bottles were embossed and in later years were offered in an ACL style bottle. Since there were thousands of independent bottlers, the brands that were available are also in the thousands.  Some widely available brands were Big Chief, which could be found in the Eastern U.S. as well as out West. Royal Palm is one that could be found in the North as well as in the Southern U.S.

 Crass was a brand that was available in Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. The Crass family owned 42 Coca-Cola Bottling franchises and offered a flavor line with a large variety of flavors such as Ginger Ale, Root Beer, Grape, Lemon Lime, Aces Up, among other flavors.

 Other bottlers named their flavor line using a regional name, famous location or used a funny name to help the brand stand out. Some of these brands were Northern Neck, U Ly Kit (You Like It), Mondak, Sea Way, Lo-Fi, Tidewater, Peppo, Blossom Land, Down East, etc. There are thousands of brands that the Coca-Cola Bottler developed to sell in their territory.

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2 Responses to “Your Independent Coca-Cola Bottler Part 2”

  1. DAWN EDMUND Says:

    I HAVE A SIX PACK OF UNOPENED COKE BOTTLES STILL IN THE ORINGAL CARTON DATED 1962, WHEN THE FIRST MAN WALKED ON THE MOON. CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT THEY MIGHT BE WORTH? EXCELLENT CONDITION

    • cocacolabottleman Says:

      Dawn,
      If the 6 pack is in good shape and so are the bottles it would be worth around $30 to $40, possibly a little more.
      Doug

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