In 1925, two women in Cincinnati asked their boyfriends if they would be interested in becoming equal partners in purchasing a bottling business. Their push put into motion the formation of G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Inc.
1925 Grand Pop Bottling Co.
Nell and Walter Gross and Esther and Isaac Jarson purchased the Grand Pop Bottling Company and become equal partners. Nell and Esther were the driving force behind this purchase; convincing their then-boyfriends to make the purchase that would eventually become G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Inc.
1935: A representative from the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company called upon the families and offered them a Pepsi franchise. The Gross and Jarson families accepted the offer and started selling Pepsi soon afterward.
1939 – 1940
Between 1939-1940: The production facilities in Hamilton, Ohio, and Lexington, Kentucky, were built. G&J Pepsi also purchased the Portsmouth, Ohio franchise.
1955 – 1965
Between 1955-1965: The Ripley, Ohio, production facility built in 1955. G&J purchased the Columbus, Ohio, franchise in 1965 and celebrated the grand opening of its new modern bottling facility with an event attended by several Pepsi-Cola dignitaries, as well as Hollywood screen legend Joan Crawford.
1980s and 1990s
1980s and 1990s: The 1980s was an important decade for Pepsi-Cola and for G&J. As Michael Jackson became the face of “The Choice of a New Generation,” Pepsi-Cola sales soared across the nation. This explosive growth opened the door for G&J to solidify its dominance in its franchise territory. G&J purchased the Athens, Ohio, franchise in 1988. G&J purchased the Zanesville, Ohio, franchise in 1991.
2015: G&J opened a state-of-the-art center in Wilmington, Ohio. G&J creates blow mold facilities to become a more self-sufficient operation and minimize its dependency on outside bottle-making vendors.
Today: G&J Pepsi Bottlers is the nation’s largest wholly owned franchise bottler with its growth over the years stemming from the combination of seven franchises. Many third-generation Gross and Jarson family members have active operating roles in the company. The corporation, headquartered in Cincinnati, operates distribution and production centers in Athens, OH; Chillicothe, OH; Columbus, OH; Campton, KY; Hamilton, OH; Harrodsburg, KY; Lexington, KY; Portsmouth, OH; Ripley, OH; Wilmington, OH; Winchester, KY; and Zanesville, OH.