In 1927, the John G. Epping Bottling Works of Louisville acquired the NuGrape Bottling Company of Lexington, bottlers of NuGrape and Orange Crush. Their plant was located at 210 Clark Street, with Hilary Bell the General Manager. The company’s brands expanded over the next decade to included Kentucky Club Pale Ginger Ale, 7 Up, Bubbling Over Ginger Ale, Epp’s Kola, Epping’s Lemon Sour and Epping’s Soda Water. The company also distributed Fall’s City Beer.[i]
Epping Bottling Works, circa 1940s (UK)
By 1940 7 Up had became the best selling non-cola soft drink. The Epping Works were expanded and the equipment upgraded to meet demand.[ii] In September 1967, the company was acquired by the local Pepsi bottler, primarily to obtain the 7 Up brand. Production was shifted to the Pepsi works on Versailles Road.[iii]
Epping Bottle, 6 ounces, crown top, circa 1930s
Orange Crush, crown top, circa 1953
Mit-Che, crown top, circa 1940s
Club Soda Bottle, circa 1930s
 Orange Crush was created by J. M. Thompson of Chicago in 1906. The company’s “krinkly” bottle was used until 1955, with ACL introduced in the 1930s.
 7 Up was formulated by Charles L. Grigg, of Chicago, in 1929 as a lemon-lime carbonated drink. Grigg also previously formulated Orange Whistle.
[i] Lexington City Directory for 1927 and 1928; Lexington Leader, Lexington, Kentucky, June 30, 1939, page 48.
[ii] Lexington Leader, Lexington, Kentucky, May 16, 1940, page 2, column 2 –3.
[iii] Lexington Herald, September 6, 1967, page 15, column 7.