Dr. Pepper was created in Waco in 1885. Now, 134 years later, it’s looking to stake an official claim on its home state.

Meghan Overdeep
January 18, 2019

Don’t look now, but Dr. Pepper is angling to become the official soft drink of Texas.

Dr. Pepper, the nation’s oldest major soft drink, was created in Waco, Texas in 1885. Now, 134 years later, the sweet, cherry-forward cola is looking to stake an official claim on its home state. And it’s hoping to get there with a petition on Change.org.

Like any Texan, Dr. Pepper has only the deepest pride and appreciation for its home state.  Now Dr. Pepper is calling on its passionate fans to support its quest to become the first Official Soft Drink of the Lone Star State,” the official Change.org petition reads.

To celebrate its quest to become the official soft drink of Texas, Dr. Pepper has announced that it will debut a “collection of special edition bottle labels inspired by the brand’s heritage,” that will be available only in Texas for a limited time.

“Dr. Pepper has a rich, storied history in the great state of Texas and being named its official soft drink would mark a new milestone for the beloved brand to celebrate for generations to come,” the petition continues.

The petition had 11,400 signatures and growing at the time of publication. The current goal is 15,000.