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🥤 New No. 2 Soft Drink in the United States As Pepsi Loses Ground

Whether you know the soft drink for its catchy theme song from the turn of the century, the halftime contest where fans throw footballs into a giant inflatable Dr. Pepper can or some other reason, you probably think of it as a popular third option behind Coke and Pepsi.

That’s no longer the case. Dr. Pepper now commands 8.3% of the U.S. carbonated soft drink market, tied with Pepsi at No. 2.

In 2000, Pepsi more than doubled Dr. Pepper’s market share. So it looks like Dr. Pepper is set to zoom past Pepsi as a strong No. 2 to Coke (19.2%). It sat in sixth place as recently as 2004.

Love soft drinks but looking for cheaper ways to buy? Heed Clark’s advice.

“I never buy them at Sam’s or Costco anymore. Because it’s a ripoff now,” Clark says. “I buy them at supermarkets or I buy them at Walmart when they’re on promotional [sale].

“My target price now is between 25 and 30 cents a can in a 12-pack and 40 to 50 cents a bottle in a 16.9-oz. bottle.”

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