Celebrating Continued Growth

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company is pleased to announce that our new warehouse and production line in Springfield, MO is officially in operation!

To celebrate this occasion, we held a ceremony on May 15, 2021, dedicating the new facility and recognizing the efforts of those who have made our growth possible. Our senior leadership led the ceremony and officially marked the opening of the new facility with a ribbon-cutting. All of our Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company family was invited to attend, as well as other distinguished guests and members of the media. During this ceremony, we honored the multitude of team members who have helped bring us to where we are today, and who will help propel us into our future.

Located at the headwaters of the Jordan Creek, our new 432,000-square-foot facility uses a conveyor to move goods from the adjacent production center directly into the new warehouse. The new production line also includes a plastic bottle blow mold, which will significantly reduce future manufacturing costs. This will greatly increase the capacity of our operations in the Springfield area, enabling us to better serve our community in the future.

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company has grown immensely throughout our history, and we owe a great deal of thanks to the communities of the Ozarks. It is your support that has brought us the success we celebrated at this ceremony. We look forward to serving you in the future, and to continued growth throughout Southwest Missouri.

A Century of Family

Since 1920, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company has been proud to provide refreshment to the communities of the Ozarks. From our humble beginnings with the Rice family’s purchase of Electric Bottling Company/Farmer’s Beverages in Springfield, we now operate five additional facilities throughout the Midwest. We produce and distribute over 650 products, including Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper brand products, BODYARMOR, and Monster Energy. Throughout our history, we have been a family-owned business committed to embodying the spirit of customer service and to strengthening the community around us that has propelled us to such success.

Our operation began on West Phelps in downtown Springfield, within the Producers Creamery & Produce building. Led by company president Edwin Rice, we set the by-laws of Springfield Coca-Cola at our inaugural stockholder meeting. We changed locations twice in the next twenty years, first to West Commercial Street, then to the corner of Clay and Central. In 1945, Ed Heer, husband of Virginia Rice, was elected to the Board of Directors. Five years later, Heer became Secretary of the company, and Ed “Cookie” Rice was elected to the Board. Rice was appointed President of the company in 1970, and currently serves as CEO. In 1977, we moved our Springfield operation into our then-newly-built headquarters on North Packer Road. We purchased a new facility in Rolla from the Massey family in 1979, further expanding our operation. Our Bolivar facility was purchased in 1983, and four years later we celebrated the purchase of the Dr Pepper franchise. It wasn’t until 2015 that we resumed expansion with growth into the Joplin and West Plains territories. We acquired our newest service area, Northwest Arkansas, in 2017.

Our most recent expansion came with the completion of a new warehouse and production line at our Packer Road headquarters. Complete with a plastic bottle blow mold allowing us to produce our own bottles, these new assets have greatly increased our production and storage capacity, while also reducing manufacturing costs. To learn more about our history, check out our company timeline here.

The first century of our history has been filled with achievement and growth. In addition to our wonderful staff and the men and women who have led us to such success, we owe a great deal to the Ozarks and surrounding communities. The Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company thanks you all for your continued support, and we look forward to serving you in the second century of our history.

Honoring our Frontline Heroes



As part of our continuing salute to those individuals in our community who keep working during tough times, The Coca-Cola Company has released this video tribute to the company’s Front Line Heroes. And here at Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company, we couldn’t agree more!

From our local production and warehouse employees to distribution and delivery staff in the four states included in our service area, our teams have pulled together and risen to meet unprecedented challenges. During the ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic crisis, that means they have safely continued to deliver the familiar, refreshing tastes that our customers expect. 

Produced by Coca-Cola Franchise Leadership, the video features Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper in several places. We’re proud to be a part of it and are excited to share it with you! 





College-Bound Seniors: 2021 Scholarship Applications Are Open!

Are you the total academic package? Great grades, president of all the clubs, and a community-minded champion? If so, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company encourages you to apply for the $20,000 Coca-Cola Scholars program no later than October 31, 2020.

For more than 30 years, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has distributed annual scholarship awards to students based on their academic performance, extracurricular activities, and service work. Once again in 2021, there will be 150 outstanding students selected for prestigious recognition and an accompanying $20,000 scholarship to the College or University of their choice.

We’re very proud to say that our own Ozarks region has consistently produced Coca-Cola Scholars over the years, including Sojas Wagle from Springdale and Fayetteville’s Zhiwen Xu in 2019, as well as Priya Thelapurath, a 2020 awardee from Bentonville. If you have a strong academic, extracurricular, and service history and want a chance at $20,000 for college, visit the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation to check out the requirements and fill out your application.

Good luck from your home team at Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company!

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper


Tennis, Anyone?



Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company is excited to announce that BODYARMOR LYTE has been selected as the Official Sports Drink of the US Open Tennis Championships. This year’s event will take place at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York from August 31 – September 3, 2020. 

Top players from all over the world will be competing, including Team BODYARMOR athlete Naomi Osaka, the 2018 US Open Champion. BODYARMOR LYTE will be part of the competitors’ hydration regimen, available in all coolers on-court and in the venue’s locker rooms.  

With this new partnership, BODYARMOR adds to our ever-growing list of sports organizations that trust our products to deliver effective, healthy, and safe hydration for their athletes. BodyArmor is also the official Sports Drink of both the UFC mixed martial arts promotion and Major League Soccer, and we proudly partner with top athletes in football, baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, track & field, and motorsports competitions. 

Team BodyArmor athlete Naomi Osaka is giving back to her hometown tennis community during the 2020 US Open.

Our relationship with Naomi includes her support of our ONLY YOU CAN Campaign. Check out the video spot encouraging young athletes to “Be The Future,” and watch for BODYARMOR products throughout the US Open competition. Additionally, we will be partnering with Naomi and the New York Parks Department to refurbish a local tennis court in Jamaica, Queens… some of the very same places where Naomi began her journey from a promising youth tennis player to Grand Slam superstardom. 


Thank You to Our First Responders

Thanking our First Responders during the COVID-19 crisis was important to us. That’s why Ozarks Coca-Cola Dr Pepper Bottling Company recently sent out a special order of more than 800 cases of assorted beverages, totaling over 19,000 bottles and cans. Along with a handwritten thank-you note, our staff delivered a variety of products to 194 fire departments, police stations, and EMS facilities throughout our service area. In total, approximately 6,700 First Responders enjoyed a refreshing beverage on us. 

Each bottle and can was sent with our sincere gratitude for their daily commitment, bravery, and sacrifice during this unprecedented crisis. Thank You from all of us at Ozarks Coca-Cola Dr Pepper Bottling Company! 

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos of our visits to 194 First Responder locations.


Happiness Starts With a Smile

When you think of riding the subway, laughter and joy aren’t the first words that spring to mind. It’s a cramped place full of grumpy people either coming home from a bad day at work or who are just generally upset. Many are glued to their cell phones or “wired up” and have no time for anyone else. Yet if you’re lucky enough, sometimes you can find happiness in a subway train.

One such moment was captured when a Belgian advertising agency working for Coca-Cola hired an actor to randomly start laughing on the train.

With the tagline “Happiness starts with a smile,” their ad aims to bring a bit of joy to everyone’s day. Just watch, and try to keep a straight face.


SPRINGFIELD, MO – Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company is pleased to announce the promotions of Michelle Heidt to Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Steve Williams to Vice President of Operations, and John Richardson to Vice President of Sales. The promotions of Williams and Richardson became official earlier in 2019, and Heidt’s was authorized at the October meeting of the Ozarks Coca-Cola Dr Pepper Board of Directors.
The trio of executives have decades of collective experience within the ranks of Ozarks Coca-Cola Dr Pepper Bottling Company, according to Sally Hargis, Vice President and Chairman of the Board. They have proven their talent and dedication during a time of monumental growth that includes territory acquisitions, expansions, and integration of remote distribution sites. She says that under the current executive leadership team, Ozarks Coca-Cola is well-positioned to meet demand across its broader service area, which now spans dozens of counties across parts of four states and serves well over a million consumers.
“2020 is going to be a big year for us, and it’s an exciting time to be a part of this organization,” Hargis says, noting the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the family business taking place next year. “Michelle, Steve, and John have been and will continue to be integral contributors to building future success for our employees, owners, and stakeholders.”
Michelle Heidt
Steve Williams
John Richardson

Wanted: Thirsty Athletes!


Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company is excited to offer BodyArmor Premium Sports Drink in area retail stores. These enhanced beverage options for athletes feature all-natural flavors and sweeteners, plus have no colors from artificial sources. The replenishing blend comes in a variety of flavors and sizes, with products that include Sports Drink, low-calorie BodyArmor Lyte, and SportWater.

The one-of-a-kind beverage is endorsed by numerous professional athletes representing the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, UFC, PGA, WNBA, and NASCAR. It’s also the Official Sports Drink of the NCAA®, the UFC® mixed martial arts league, and the Spartan Race, an extreme obstacle course competition with over 200 global events annually.

Why BodyArmor?

With a growing segment of the population is focused on health, diet, and exercise. Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper is pleased to offer a premium sports drink for athletes of all levels. BodyArmor delivers superior hydration that includes added vitamins and electrolytes that are critical for sustained athletic performance and recovery.

Look for BodyArmor products distributed by Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company, available today at your favorite retail location.


The Ozarks is home to TWO 2018 Coca-Cola Scholars!

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company is proud to announce that the 2018 Coca-Cola Scholars Class of 2018 includes two Arkansas students from our Ozarks regional distribution area. Pablo Manon attends Har-Ber High School in Springdale, and Ty West is a student at Fayetteville Senior High School. The two were part of a select group of 150 seniors from across the country, narrowed down from nearly 140,000 initial entries. The Scholars are selected for their outstanding academic, extracurricular, and service experience.

Opportunity to Excel

The title of Coca-Cola Scholar carries with it a $20,000 scholarship to the student’s institution of choice. It also connects them with thousands of past Coca-Cola Scholars who are renewing our world as leaders in medicine, government, education, business, and even the bright lights of Broadway theaters.

Congratulations to Pablo and Ty, and a Coca-Cola toast to your past and future accomplishments!

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Fayetteville Senior High School student Ty West is a 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar.
Coca-Cola Scholar
Springdale Senior Pablo Manon was profiled as one of the 2018 Coca-Cola Scholars in this video.