With Coke and Pepsi engaged in a seemingly endless dogfight for cola domination, it’s easy to forget that there are other soda’s available for your drinking pleasure. While the majority of the world’s population seems to be fixated on the two cola giants, they might be surprised to learn that there is a soda company that has been around longer than the big two. The Dr Pepper Company is currently the oldest of the syrup and soda makers, having been in business since the late 1800’s.

Charles Alderton, the Texas pharmacist who invented the drink, would probably be delighted to see that his soda is as popular today as it ever was, and that it is not that uncommon to see Dr Pepper vending machines sitting side by side with the cola giants. It’s certainly a long way from the humble beginnings of the soft drink, which was invented back in 1885, but didn’t really make a sugary splash until 1904 when it was introduced to an estimated 20 million visitors at the World’s Fair Expo in St. Louis.

That information that makes it a little less surprising that Dr Pepper soda machines have become a pretty popular fixture in malls and other busy areas where there are multiple machines on display. They might even be a good option for someone who is looking to get started in the vending machine business and who doesn’t know which of the cola machines to choose from. Rather than going with something predictable, they can target a whole other consumer market that isn’t really interested in either Coke or Pepsi.

People may be put off by going with an alternative machine, believing that they may be in trouble if there are any mechanical problems. Vending machine companies don’t just have repair option available for just the most popular machines, which means there will be plenty of Dr Pepper vending machines parts available should there be any sort of problem. That should be enough to swing the decision in the favor of the Dr, especially if you want to go with a vending machine that is a little more different than the ordinary soda machines that people see every day.

A vending machine business can become a lucrative little career choice, but many people balk at the start-up costs, especially if going with the bigger machines. A good way to get started is to go with quality, used Dr Pepper vending machines. You can pick up one at a fraction of the cost of a new machine, and if you purchase from an established, recognized vendor then you will probably find that the machine has been refurbished with many new parts. You can help give your used machine a modern update by making sure that you use current, up-to-date flavor strips. Dr Pepper 10 is the newest release by the soda company, so you will want to be sure that you have that in your machine, as chances are Pepper lovers are going to be looking for that great new taste.