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Dr. Pepper Press Release

Dr. Pepper Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.Chris Barnes, (972) 673-5539Greg Artkop, (972) 673-8470Dublin Bottling Works Inc.Bruce Vincent, (214) 728-6747
DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP AND DR PEPPER BOTTLING CO.OF DUBLIN, TEXAS, SETTLE THEIR DISPUTES
PLANO, Texas (Jan. 11, 2012) -- Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE:DPS), andDr Pepper Bottling Co. of Dublin, Texas, have resolved all litigation over the Dr Peppertrademark and distribution rights, the companies announced today.Under the terms of their agreement, DPS has purchased all of the Dublin bottler¶s salesand distribution operations and related assets, as well as the rights to distributeDr Pepper and other DPS brands in the six-county territory previously served by Dublin.The former Dr Pepper bottler now does business as Dublin Bottling Works Inc. It willcontinue to produce other soft drinks at its bottling facility and operate its museum andOld Doc¶s Soda Shop, offering tours and selling soft drinks, food and officially licensedDr Pepper merchandise.´We want to thank our many customers for their support of our family-owned businessduring the past 120 years, and we want them to know that Dr Pepper is still a big part of Dublin,´ said Jeff Kloster, vice president of Dublin Bottling Works. ³We hope customerswill continue to visit our town, the W.P. Kloster Museum and Old Doc¶s Soda Shop,where they can still enjoy Dr Pepper sweetened with cane sugar.´ Rodger L. Collins, president of Packaged Beverages for DPS, said the company iscommitted to a seamless transition for Dublin¶s local customers and consumers. ³Our main focus has always been on protecting the strength and integrity of theDr Pepper trademark,´ said Collins. ³We¶re pleased to reach an agreement thataccomplishes that while also preserving the history and the special relationshipDr Pepper has with the Dublin community.´ DPS will now distribute Dr Pepper sweetened with cane sugar throughout Dublin¶sformer territory, and continue to sell it in other areas of Texas, including Dallas/FortWorth, Houston and Waco. It¶s the same product Dublin sold. It will still be bottled andcanned in distinct, nostalgic packaging. The only difference is it will not reference Dublinon the label.With the central issues of trademark infringement and territorial selling rights resolved,the federal lawsuit DPS filed in June and Dublin¶s subsequent countersuit in a Texasstate court will both be immediately dismissed.DPS will continue to support the popular ³Dr Pepper, Texas,´ celebration as well as therelated ³10-2-4k´ run held each June in Dublin.

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