Charles and Elizabeth Bernick probably never imagined their story would include so many chapters ... such an extensive cast of characters … and take so many exciting twists and turns. What started in 1916 as a one-person operation bottling homemade soda pop has grown into a thriving business with 650+ team members.

1916: Getting Started

Charles A. Bernick and wife, Elizabeth, bought a tiny soda pop bottling operation called Granite City Bottling Works at 814 2nd St. No., St. Cloud, Minnesota.

With 200 empty soda pop cases to start, each bottle was filled one by one on a one-person, "Crown Cork and Seal" filling machine.

The freshly made carbonated soda pop was first delivered to customers as far as 30 miles away with a horse and wagon or sleigh.