Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Dr Pepper Snapple Group and The Motherhood. All ideas and opinions expressed are my own.
What’s your favorite soda? Mine is and always has been Dr Pepper. I also love Snapple and Clamato and the kids love Mott’s and Crush and Hawaiian Punch. Do you know what all of those things have in common? They are all a part of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group!
Last week, I had the pleasure of joining a webinar with some of the main players at the Dr Pepper Snapple Group. I learned a TON of stuff that I never knew about the company, like this fun fact: only two people know the entire Dr Pepper recipe! Dr Pepper Snapple Group is so much more than just selling sodas and drinks…I wanted to share with you some of the information that really made me say WOW!
Here’s another fun fact: Did you know that Dr Pepper is the oldest major soft drink in America? It was introduced in 1885 in Waco, Texas.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group sells more than 50 brands of carbonated soft drinks, teas, juices, mixers, and other premium beverages. Of their 14 biggest brands, 13 of them rank #1 or #2 in their category. They also have 6 of top 10 non-cola soft drinks brands in the business and a 40% share of the non-cola market. Pretty impressive!
2015 is going to be a big year for Dr Pepper Snapple Group. The focus is on balance, something that we can all use. I’m working on improving my overall health and what I eat on a regular basis. And I’ll still be able to enjoy Dr Pepper because they are reducing calories, making smaller portions, and improving nutrition. And they also support local and national programs that encourage active lifestyles.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group are constantly trying to make their sodas healthier and improving the taste. They have been testing, naturally sweetened versions of Dr Pepper, 7UP, and Canada Dry. Those products are sweetened with a blend of stevia and sugar and have only 60 calories per 12-ounce serving. A perfect “treat” for those of us watching our girlish figures!
Did you know that Dr Pepper Snapple Group voluntarily removed full-calorie beverages from schools, effectively reducing the calories in their beverage shipments to schools by 90%. They also are one of the beverage companies responsible for the Clear on Calories Initiative, which consists of featuring calorie counts on the fronts of all beverage containers.
And just like parents, Dr Pepper Snapple Group wants to get those kids outside and be more active. They understand the importance of a commitment to active play and the physical activity deficit in this country. Two-thirds of children in this country get less than an hour of play each day.
Did you know that:
- Only 1 in 5 children live near a park
- Kids are busier; on average, they have 12 fewer hours of free time each week
- Kids spend their free time differently; 8- to 18-year-olds spend roughly 7.5 hours on media daily
- Disadvantaged city youth participate in sports and fitness at a rate 40% less than their counterparts
For all of these reasons, and along with poor eating and drinking habits, obesity rates in children have tripled. Sad right? That’s why Dr Pepper Snapple Group is pretty proud of their Let’s Play initiative, which they launched in 2011. Since then, they’ve committed $26 million to programs that encourage fit and active lifestyles. This year alone, Let’s Play will award more than 900 grants around the country and lead 10 playground build projects!
Let’s Play is a coordinated effort between Dr Pepper Snapple Group and their partners, KaBOOM! and Good Sports. I’ve actually introduced you to KaBOOM! – a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children get the necessary balance of active play in their lives. Good Sports provides athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged youth.
So far, Let’s Play is responsible for the construction or renovation of more than 2,000 playgrounds and for helping more than 5 million children play. More than 2,300 employees of Dr Pepper Snapple Group have volunteered more than 18,000 hours to these playground projects!
Learning so much about the Dr Snapple Group and how much the company is dedicated to giving back and helping our children made me love them even more than I already did. Dr Pepper Snapple Group is worth checking out and I hope you will!