Allen Beverages, Inc., was founded in August 1947 by Cleve Allen and began as Spur Bottling Company in Gulfport, Mississippi, with the Canada Dry franchise for the six southernmost counties in Mississippi. The first delivery was made in September 1947, just one day before the 1947 hurricane. The fleet consisted of one army surplus truck.
Joining the Pepsi Family
In 1955, the Pepsi-Cola franchise was obtained from the Pepsi-Cola Company.
Hurricane Camille in 1969 left the plant virtually unscathed, however a disastrous fire completely destroyed the plant located on Hewes Avenue across from the old airport terminal in 1972. The plant was rebuilt at the same location.
Cleve Allen was joined in 1975 by his son, Drew Allen.
In 1987, the plant moved from Hewes Avenue to its present location on Dedeaux Road in Gulfport.
Passing the Torch
Drew Allen becomes President and CEO shortly before the death of his father in July 1991.
In 1997, we celebrated our 50th Anniversary in business!
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the the MS Gulf Coast. Left with 25% of our workforce, Allen Beverages provided bottle water delivery to all disaster areas to assist in recovery.
Drew Allen's son Andrew and daughter Grace join the company.
Bottler of the Year
Allen Beverages wins the Donald M. Kendall Pepsi-Cola Bottler of the Year award.
Passing the Torch again
Andrew Allen becomes General Manager of Allen Beverages, Inc.
Death in the Family
Drew Allen passes away suddenly. Andrew Allen becomes President and General Manager of Allen Beverages, Inc.
Bottle of the Year
Allen Beverages, Inc. wins Pepsi-Cola Bottler of the Year for the South Division and is nominated for National Bottler of the Year.
75 Years Strong
Allen Beverages, Inc. expands their warehouse at Dedeaux Rd and celebrates 75 years as the MS Gulf Coast's local beverage provider.