Dr. Brown's

Dr. Brown's is a brand of soft drink made by J & R Bottling. It is popular in the New York City region and South Florida, but it can also be found in Jewish delicatessens and upscale supermarkets around the United States and in English-speaking neighborhoods in Israel. Slogans for the products have included "Imported From the Old Neighborhood" and "Taste of the Town." [1]

Dr. Brown's
ManufacturerJ & R Bottling
Country of originNew York, United States

Dr. Brown's was created in 1869 and was commonly sold in New York delicatessens and by soda salesmen who sold the product from door to door in Jewish neighborhoods.[2][1] According to former marketing director, Harry Gold, a New York doctor used celery seeds and sugar to invent the soda and celery tonic now known as Cel-Ray, which was advertised as a "pure beverage for the nerves."[3] However, some have speculated that there may never have been an actual Dr. Brown and that the name may have been only a marketing invention.[4][5]

In the early 1930s, before Coca-Cola received kosher certification, many Jews drank Cel-Ray soda as well as the other flavored soda that had been created by Dr. Brown. In the last 25 years,[when?] the cans were redesigned by Herb Lubalin. Each of the six Dr. Brown's flavors is packaged with a New York vignette taken from old prints, to emphasize the brand's origins in 1800s New York.

In 2013, J & R Bottling transferred the bottling rights to LA Bottleworks with the bottling of the product then continuing to be at the same facility. As of 2014, Dr. Brown's is produced by PepsiCo in their New York City bottling plant. The Dr. Brown's brand is owned by the Honickman Beverage Group.

12 oz line for Dr. Browns Soda

Dr. Brown's varieties include cream soda (regular and diet), black cherry soda (regular and diet), orange soda, ginger ale, root beer, and Cel-Ray (celery-flavored soda).

Dr. Brown's soda is typically sold in 12-ounce cans and one-liter plastic bottles, as well as two-liter bottles for the Black Cherry, Cream, and Root Beer flavors. Dr. Brown's soda is also available in a 6-pack of 12-ounce glass bottles.

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  1. ^ a b Hillinger, Charles "Drink of the Deli People : Dr. Brown's Cream Soda Making Its Mark Outside of New York", Los Angeles Times, July 04, 1986. Accessed December 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Nickell, Joe (2011). "'Pop' Culture: Patent Medicines Become Soda Drinks". Skeptical Inquirer. Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. 35 (1): 14–17.
  3. ^ Yin, Sandra The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, Volume 1, p. 651.
  4. ^ "Cel-Ray". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  5. ^ Pollak, Michael (October 14, 2011). "Answers to Questions About New York". The New York Times. Retrieved 2020-08-19.