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Just recently I was able to secure this 12oz green straight side Pepsi bottle! It was posted locally and I had my doubts it was authentic, or at least from around here, but it turned out all good!
Initially I thought it was the same label as my Starlite from Saskatoon, but upon closer inspection I realized it was a second variation of the 4 labels I now know of.
This is pretty cool as I don't recall seeing any before. I believe this style is the second label used up till about 1941 when the new wave bottle was introduced.
Nelson Bottling Works started bottling in Vancouver in 1937.

I'm also including the coverage from 2010 Pepsi in Canada: highlights of the first 75 years.



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Here is a paper clipping from Dec 1939 talking about NBW expansion.
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This is the four paper label styles that I know of for Canada.
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And from a friend of mine this little clip of info I never even knew about!
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Pepsi in Canada: highlights of the first 75 years
Seventy-five years' worth of milestones in Pepsi's history in Canada.


By Patti Summerfield

April 1, 2010

1934
Pepsi-Cola Company of Canada establishes its headquarters and first production facility in a small building in Montreal, which at that time was the country’s largest city and business centre. The first bottle of Pepsi-Cola comes off the line on June 12.
1935 – 1939
Pepsi develops a network of local and regional franchised bottlers to facilitate national distribution in Canada. By 1939, Pepsi-Cola has attracted 90 bottlers and is bottled in every province.
The end of Prohibition north of the border opens up new opportunities. Bottlers are encouraged to recommend Pepsi-Cola as a mix with rum, whiskey and gin.
1936
The Canadian Cola War begins. Coca-Cola of Canada files a lawsuit claiming that the name Pepsi-Cola is an infringement of Coke’s trademark. Pepsi’s response was to find evidence that ‘cola’ was a generic term well within the public domain.
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1938
The Federal Court finds Pepsi at fault. Coke’s lawyers immediately send cease and desist letters to all Pepsi bottlers. Pepsi launches a Supreme Court appeal so bottlers can continue doing business while awaiting the result.
Pepsi-Cola opens its second Montreal plant. It’s a major expansion for the company and a showcase for its new international division.
1939
Pepsi wins the appeal. Coke takes the fight to the Privy Council, which three years later finds in favour of Pepsi-Cola. This decision settles the Canadian dispute and prevents similar action in other countries. Pepsi is now ready for international expansion under its new export department.
The first musical commercial hits the airwaves. An instant pop hit, ‘Pepsi-Cola Hits the Spot’ is played on jukeboxes, in concerts and at ball games.
1939 – 1947
Pepsi joins the war effort through its company magazine, Pepsi-Cola World, gift boxes for the troops and its Voice Records program. The Voice Record, a small white disc carrying the Pepsi logo, enables servicemen to record messages to send home, along with a letter on
Pepsi stationery.
1940-1947
Rationing and shortages lead to innovation. Hot Pepsi with lemon is touted as a ready-sweetened coffee and tea substitute, and Pepsi-Cola, ‘the temperate drink,’ is advertised as an alternative to alcoholic beverages.
The first manufacturer in Canada to use skywriting for promotion, Pepsi delights lunchtime crowds from Winnipeg to Montreal.
Pepsi creates two popular cartoon characters, Pete and Pop, for its print and in-store advertising.
1942
The first-ever ‘Pepsi Taste Test’ is held in Montreal, kicking off the switch in advertising strategies from focusing on economy to product quality. Pepsi also begins using a new medium, billboards.
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1950 – 1958
Consumers interest shifts from taste to image and luxury, so Pepsi is repackaged in a distinctive modern swirl bottle appealing to elegant hostesses and youth.
1955
Pepsi responds to changing consumer attitudes by reducing the level of sugar in Pepsi and creating a ‘Light Refreshment’ tagline that appeals to customers’ healthy and sophisticated self-image.
1957
Pepsi-Cola launches its first ‘Under the Cap’ promotion in Canada.
1958
Pepsi’s image advertising target broadens from ‘sophisticates’ to ‘carefree sociables’ with ‘The Refreshment of Friendship’ and invites consumers to ‘Make Friends with Pepsi.’
Pepsi stuns the industry with the introduction of a 10-ounce swirl bottle. It takes the competition more than five years to move from the standard six-ounce bottle.
1959
Ted Fisher, Pepsi’s Canadian ad manager, drops a bombshell on bottlers when he advises them to move ad dollars from traditional forms of local advertising into television in order to increase sales.
1960
The growing baby boom is targeted with a change from ‘Now It’s Pepsi for Those Who Think Young’ to ‘Come Alive! You’re in the Pepsi Generation.’
Pepsi’s product line expands to include its first new drink, Teem. Patio Orange was the second new product.
1965
The launch of Patio Diet Cola, the company’s first diet drink, is quickly followed by Diet Pepsi.
1969
The U.S. federal government bans the use of cyclamate and all diet drinks are pulled from shelves. The search for an alternate sweetener begins.
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1970
The Pepsi Generation enters the 1970s with a new slogan, ‘You’ve Got a Lot to Live and Pepsi’s Got a Lot to Give.’
1972
The Canadian government adopts metrication, prompting packaging changes. With Toronto quickly becoming Canada’s business centre, Pepsi moves its head office from Montreal to Bay Street.
1976
The ‘Pepsi Challenge’ comes to Canada. The company adopts the slogan, ‘More and more every day, everywhere Canadians are discovering the Great Taste of Pepsi.’ In Quebec, René Simard becomes the brand’s spokesperson.
1977
The Canadian government bans the use of saccharin. Fructose is substituted in Diet Pepsi, and an ad campaign asserts, ‘Bet You Won’t Taste the Difference.’
1979
Pepsi’s market share increases from 14% to 22% thanks to the ‘Challenge,’ and the invitation to ‘Taste the Winning Taste.’ As Pepsi continues to convert Coke drinkers, the ‘Look Who’s Drinking Pepsi Now!’ campaign is backed by hard facts and research.
1980
Pepsi counters the economic woes of the ‘Pepsi Generation’ with ads featuring upbeat performers such as Michael Jackson and Canadians Rough Trade, Willie English and Spa Romance.
A consolidation of franchise-owned bottling operations (FOBOs) begins, culminating in 1990 when Pepsi-Cola Canada acquires a number of them.
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1981
Pepsi-Cola Canada pioneers the use of aspartame in diet beverages, two years before the U.S. parent co.
1982
Diet Pepsi is introduced, as well as Pepsi Free, for consumers concerned about the effects of caffeine.
1985
Pepsi’s ‘The Choice of a New Generation’ campaign performs well, but research shows it’s not resonating with consumers in Quebec. A campaign unique to the province starring well-known Quebec comedian Claude Meunier launches. Growth in sales and market share quickly follows.
1986
Purchase, NY.-based PepsiCo Inc. acquires the 7Up brand from Philip Morris worldwide (excluding the U.S.), gaining the popular lemon-lime carbonated soft drink position in Canada and boosting the company to its market-leader position in retail.
1990
The Diet Pepsi Drive Train Tour, a cross-country train trip featuring Canadian musicians performing across Canada, starts. The branded train is greeted by thousands of people, and the gigs were aired on MuchMusic.
1993
The Pepsi campaign featuring Quebec comedian Claude Meunier wins the CASSIES Grand Prix award.
1999
Pepsi spins the bottling business into The Pepsi Bottling Group in 1999.
Diet Pepsi launches its ‘Forever Young’ campaign.
2001
Quaker Tropicana Gatorade (QTG) Canada forms.
2002
Diet Pepsi ‘Forever Young’ wins the CASSIES Grand Prix.
2003
Meunier moves to Diet Pepsi brand ads.
2004
QTG Canada merges with the Pepsi-Cola Canada beverage business to form the Pepsi-QTG Canada division.
2007
Diet Pepsi’s ‘Forever Young’ wins CASSIES Sustained Success Gold for performance from 2002-2007.
2008
The Canadian businesses are reorganized to form PepsiCo Beverages Canada.
2009
PepsiCo Beverages Canada announces its plan to acquire all of the outstanding shares of The Pepsi Bottling Group in Canada. Currently 88% of Canadian sales of Pepsi beverages flow through The Pepsi Bottling Group and 12% via 13 remaining FOBOs.
 

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Wow that's a great find! I had no clue that there were any marked Pepsi bottles from BC. Great post too!
 

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Wow hard to find a nice, intact, Pepsi paper label bottle and green glass! Killer find! Congrats...
Like the history of Pepsi also.... great post.
 

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Hey fella's thanks for all the comments!
So this past week I happened to be picking out some crowns and the seller had one of these Canadian yellow ones, and just so happened to have many extras so I grabbed a half dozen!.. they'll come in handy to cap off the bottles which is so nice to have for display purposes.
So from what I under stand this style was from the 30's up till 1942 -45 or so.
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Excellent write-up! The bottle itself is amazing, love the color and label. Certainly deserves a front display on your shelves.
 

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I don't know when Canada changed from the yellow and red bottle cap to the red, white and blue cap but I always assumed it would be the same as the US. Of course the US changed to the red, white and blue patriotic colours in 1941 around the same time they entered world war ll.
 

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I don't know when Canada changed from the yellow and red bottle cap to the red, white and blue cap but I always assumed it would be the same as the US. Of course the US changed to the red, white and blue patriotic colours in 1941 around the same time they entered world war ll.
Yes I think it would have been about that time, I never researched ads too closely but 1940 ads show the old style cap and the 1948 ads show the newer style.
 

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You show 4 different labels BUT, Is there a 5th single dot version? The even older caps are Green. LEON.
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