Rumor of Dr. Pepper getting discontinued falls flat

Boxes of Coca-Cola, left, and Dr. Pepper, right, are on display at Piazza's grocery store in Palo Alto, Calif., Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. Regulators have approved Coca-Cola Co.'s $3.4 billion buyout of the North American operations of its largest bottler on the condition that the soft drink maker restrict its access to business information from rival Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Dr. Pepper is setting the rumors straight on social media, after a online hoax claimed Coca-Cola bought the rights to Dr. Pepper and would be discontinuing production of the soft drink.

According to Snopes, in April a story on Facebook with the headline “An American Classic Says Goodbye” circulated the social site.

Dr. Pepper took to Twitter to set the rumors straight.

The Dr. Pepper soft drink brand is owned by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Neither the drink or its parent company have been bought out by Coca-Cola and do not have any plans to discontinue production.DR. PEPPER HOAX IMAGE

In addition, Coca-Cola does own bottlers in North America who produce and distribute both Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper products, but those two brands have always been owned by different companies.

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