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.

1925: First Big Break

As a new soft drink era begins, Granite City Bottling Works steps up production, with new brands such as NuGrape, Green River, Cherry Blossom, Eskimo Pop and Hires Root Beer.

Growth opportunities result in the acquisition of new territories, building additions, new equipment, delivery trucks and seven additional team members.