Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How did Dr Pepper get its name?
A: A pharmacist named Charles Alderton created Dr Pepper in 1885. Alderton worked at a drugstore in Waco, Texas owned by Wade Morrison. Legend has it that Morrison named it "Dr. Pepper" after the father of a young girl he was once in love with.

Q: How long has Dr Pepper been around?
A: Dr Pepper was created in Waco, Texas in 1885 and, as such, is the oldest major soft drink brand in America.

Q: Is Dr Pepper owned by a larger company?
A: Yes. Along with a number of other great brands, Dr Pepper is a brand within Canada Dry Mott's Inc. (CDM); a subsidiary of Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG). DPSG is a North American beverage powerhouse with many highly recognized brands. CDM's brand portfolio includes: Mott's Clamato, Canada Dry, Dr Pepper, Crush, Mott's Fruitsations, Mott's Garden Cocktail, Schweppes, Mr & Mrs T, C'Plus, Snapple, Rose's, Orangina, Stewart's, and other well-known consumer brands.

Q: Where is Dr Pepper Snapple Group located?
A: The corporate office is in Plano, Texas, about 25 miles north of Dallas.

Q: Where is Canada Dry Mott's Inc. located?
A: Our Canadian head office is located in Mississauga, Ontario.

Q: Where can I find Dr Pepper?
A: If you are unable to find Dr Pepper in your area, please call the consumer toll free number (1-888-377-3773) for assistance.

Q: How do I read the production code on Dr Pepper?
A: The production code format is determined by your local bottler. Please call the Dr Pepper consumer toll free number (1-888-377-3773) for assistance.

Q: What is the flavour of Dr Pepper supposed to be?
A: Dr Pepper is a unique blend of 23 flavours. The formula for Dr Pepper is proprietary information.

Q: In Canada, what flavours are available?
A: Dr Pepper comes in Regular Dr Pepper and Diet Dr Pepper.

Q: What is hot Dr Pepper?
A: Hot Dr Pepper was developed many years ago as a refreshing winter drink. Heat Dr Pepper in a saucepan to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, place a thin slice of lemon in the bottom of a coffee mug or insulated cup and pour the heated Dr Pepper over the lemon.

Q: What is the shelf life of this product?
A: Diets with Aspartame or Aspartame/AceK blends: 3 months or 13 weeks
Glass & Cans with Sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup Sweetener: 9 months or 39 weeks
Plastic Bottles (all products): 3 months or 13 weeks

Q: Does Dr Pepper contain prune juice?
A: Dr Pepper is a unique blend of natural and artificial flavours; it does not contain prune juice.

Q: Does Dr Pepper contain gluten?
A: All of our products are considered gluten-free. Note: All products, which contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, may contain trace amounts of corn gluten. According to the Celiac Sprue Association, corn gluten is not harmful to people with Celiac Sprue disease. We encourage consumers with specific questions about Celiac Sprue to contact the Celiac Sprue Association at

Q: Does this product contain sugar?
A: Yes, Dr Pepper contains sugar. However, Diet Dr Pepper does not contain sugar.

Q: Is there an aspartame free product?
A: Unfortunately, it is not available in Canada.

Q: How much caffeine is in a can of Dr Pepper?
A: Information on caffeine content in Dr Pepper brands is as follows:
Regular Dr Pepper = 29 mg of caffeine per 250 mL
Diet Dr Pepper = 29 mg of caffeine per 250 mL

Q: How many calories does this product have?
A: Calorie content will vary based on package size. Each package will list calorie content in the Nutrition Facts panel. Using a 250 mL serving, calories are as follows:
Regular Dr Pepper = 100
Diet Dr Pepper = 0

Q: Is this product kosher?
A: The concentrates of Dr Pepper are certified Kosher. It is the responsibility of each individual bottler to certify the finished product. Please contact your local bottler to determine if the finished product is certified Kosher. If you need help determining who your local bottler is, send us an email. Please include your postal code so that we can determine who has the production rights in your area.