By Ryan Crowe & Matt Thomas,

Courtesy: Dublin Citizen

DUBLIN (CBSDFW.COM) –  After a long legal battle, the doctor has ordered a halt to production of a distinct Dr Pepper product known to Texans as ‘Dublin’ Dr Pepper.

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On Tuesday Plano-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group announced they had purchased the sales and distribution rights from Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Dublin.

That company had been making a cane sugar version of the popular soft drink for years from their Erath County facility.

Over the years relations between the bottler and Dr Pepper Snapple Group had become strained over their use of trademarks and sales outside of a 6-county territory around Central Texas.

The bottling company, which changed their name to Dublin Bottle Works, was the oldest Dr Pepper producer still in operation.  A press release from Dr Pepper Snapple Group says the Dublin plant will stay open, along with a soda shop and museum that has been part of the facility.

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In the release Dr Pepper Snapple Group said a cane sugar-based variation of Dr Pepper would still be available across Texas.

Business owners near the plant are worried the move will mean a drop in summer business. Miles Gillman owns Granny Clark’s Restaurant nearby and says taking Dublin Dr Pepper off the shelves will hurt the town. “To Dublin, Dublin Dr Pepper was like Wal Mart is to the rest of America.  You never imagine it going away.”

The plant said because of the changes 14 people would be losing their jobs.

Dr Pepper Snapple says it will still support the community, and the mayor of Dublin says she looks forward to working with the new Dublin Bottling Works and Dr Pepper Snapple to maintain tourism.

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