Dr. Pepper Campaigning For Texas Honor

Steven Pickering
January 15, 2019 - 5:44 pm
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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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DALLAS (KRLD) - The company that owns Dr. Pepper has launched a campaign to have it named the official soft drink of the State of Texas.

They're gathering petitions on Change.org and have released specially-labeled bottles to promote the campaign.

Dr. Pepper was started in Waco in 1885 by Charles Alderton. "Dr. Pepper is Texas born and bred, and like any Texan, has only the deepest pride and appreciation for its home state," said Derek Dabrowski, VP of Brand Marketing at Keurig Dr. Pepper.

Texas already has an official state dish (chili), an official state fruit (Texas red grapefruit), a state tree (pecan) and a state flower (bluebonnet), and people signing the online petition seem ready to add an official state soft drink to the list. Comments range from "Dr. Pepper should be the drink of Texas. It is historic" to "Dr. Pepper is the best and deserves to have an official title". It would be up to state lawmakers to make any official designation.