CANADA DRY TRI-CITY BOTTLING COMPANY

On January 10, 1950 Canada Dry Tri-City Bottling Company Inc. was incorporated, with Fred E. Reuning as President, Sara L. Reuning as Vice President, and John L. Bedish as Secretary Treasurer.(1) The bottling company was located on Blountville Highway in Bristol, TN. The company changed its name to the Canada Dry Bottling Company on January 3, 1951.(2) Iím guessing this is due to the objections of Tri-City Beverage of Johnson City, Tennessee. Samuel W. Williams joins the company as Advertising Manager in 1955.(1) It appears that Dixie Coca Cola has purchased the company by January 26, 1957 when Canada Dry of Bristol Inc. was incorporated under Leonard R. Hall, Ralph H. Brumet, and Yvonne D. Miller listed.(2)

The company's offices are moved to Dixie Coca Cola's State Street location by 1959, Samuel W. Williams becomes manager of the bottling plant which is still located at 555 Blountville Highway in Bristol, TN.(1) After sending a Statement of intent to Dissolve on April 29, 1974, the company sent the Articles of Dissolution which ended the twenty four year run of this company.(2) At the time of dissolution Allen C. Clark is President/Treasurer, Jack G. Bond is Vice President.(2) It appears that the Dissolution ended up closing the bottling plant on Blountville Turnpike, but Canada Dry of Bristol, Incorporated is still listed at the Dixie Coca-Cola Bottling Company address until 1976.(1)





This building was once the Canada Dry bottling plant, it has since been remodeled for a health facility.







10oz Canada Dry Beverages bottle dated 1950, you will notice that this bottle still has the original name of the company before they eliminated the Tri-City part.



A bottle crate from Tri-City Canada Dry of Bristol before they dropped the Tri-City name.







1pt 12oz Canada Dry Beverages bottle dated 1950



A July 2, 1950 ad for Canada Dry Ginger Ale







7oz Canada Dry Ginger Ale bottle dated 1951







10oz Canada Dry Beverages bottle dated 1951







1pt 12oz Canada Dry Beverages bottle dated 1951



A June 4, 1950 ad for Canada Dry Beverages including Tropo Orange Soda, Hi-Grape, and Cherry







13oz Canada Dry embossed bottle dated 1951







7oz Canada Dry Ginger Ale bottle dated 1952







7oz Canada Dry Ginger Ale bottle variation dated 1952







10oz Canada Dry Beverages bottle variation (no lines on shoulder) dated 1952







1pt 12oz Canada Dry Ginger Ale bottle dated 1952







10oz Canada Dry Beverages bottle dated 1953







7oz Canada Dry Quality Beverages bottle dated 1954







7oz Canada Dry Ginger Ale bottle dated 1956







1pt 12oz Canada Dry Beverages bottle dated 1956







10oz Canada Dry Quality Beverages bottle dated 1957



A 1959 ad for a Canada Dry beverages free 6-bottle carton of the new Canada Dry King-Size flavors, which inclued True-Fruit Orange and Grape, for which you had to send the required six bottle caps to Bristol, VA for which of course would have been after Dixie Coca-Cola took over the company.







10oz clear Canada Dry Beverages bottle dated 1960







10oz green Canada Dry Beverages bottle dated 1960



Canada Dry Ginger Ale six pack carton from Bristol.







7oz Canada Dry Ginger Ale bottle dated 1962







10oz green Canada Dry Beverages bottle dated 1963



Canada Dry Ginger Ale bottle cap







7oz Canada Dry Ginger Ale bottledated 1964



Canada Dry Orange Soda bottle cap







10oz clear Canada Dry Beverages bottle dated 1964







One Pint 12oz Canada Dry Collins Mixer bottle dated 1964







10oz green Canada Dry Wink bottle dated 1965







12oz Canada Dry Quinine Water bottle dated 1965



Canada Dry Club Soda bottle cap







7oz Canada Dry Club Soda bottle dated 1965







One Pint 12oz Canada Dry Club Soda bottle dated 1966







7oz Canada Dry Ginger Ale bottle dated 1966







1 pint 12oz Canada Dry Ginger Ale bottle dated 1966



28oz Canada Dry Ginger Ale no deposit / no return bottle dated 1970. The only bottler identification on these bottles are the caps which read "Canada Dry of Bristol, Inc. Bristol, Tenn. 37620".



28oz Canada Dry Club Soda no deposit / no return bottle dated 1971







28oz Canada Dry Ginger Ale bottles dated 1973



28oz Canada Dry Ginger Ale no deposit / no return bottle with an updated label dated 1973



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Bibliography:

(1) Hill's Bristol VA-Tenn City Directory

(2) Bristol Tennessee Courthouse records