Dr Pepper Snapple Group has been a publicly-traded company owned by its shareholders since May 2008. The stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DPS.
The Dr Pepper brand has had several changes in ownership since being developed in 1885. The independent company that originally formed to manufacture the syrup went bankrupt in 1923. A corporation formed from the remnants was named the Dr Pepper Company later that year. In 1984, the then-existing shareholders were bought out, and the company became privately held. In 1986, Dr Pepper merged with the Seven-Up Company, before being purchased by Cadbury Schweppes in 1995. A corporate spin-off sent two Cadbury Schweppes brands, Dr Pepper and Snapple, into a single stand-alone business entity.