About Us

G&J Pepsi is a family-owned Pepsi bottler. For almost 100 years, we have provided high quality products and unparalleled customer service to Ohio and Kentucky.
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Our Story

In 1925, Nell Raleigh and Esther Jarson convinced their boyfriend and husband, Walter Gross and Isaac Jarson, to purchase the New York Mineral Water Company in Cincinnati, OH. They received franchising rights from Pepsi in 1935 and grew the business throughout Ohio and Kentucky. Today, G&J Pepsi is the largest independent Pepsi bottler in the country, still lead today by four members of the 3rd generation of the founding families: Steve Kaplan, Rick Kaplan, T.R. Gross and Walter Gross III. G&J Pepsi carries a portfolio of over 650 products and employs over 1,900 people.

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Our Mission

Be the premier bottling company within our franchise systems and throughout our marketplace.

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We Value Our



We treat our employees with dignity and respect in a motivating culture that values integrity.



We support our local communities and operate in an environmentally sustainable manner.



We provide products, solutions and services that exceed our customers’ needs and deliver the highest quality products to our consumers.



We consistently deliver competitive and sustainable operating results and returns to our shareholders.



We simplify unproductive work processes through the application of technology and systems that allow people to focus on their core accountabilities.