Canada Dry Bottling of Lansing is a family owned operation, dedicated to first-name service, dependability, and growth.

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Canada Dry Bottling is the only independent, family owned and operated, non-alcoholic beverage distributor in Michigan. MORE.

Canada Dry Bottling of Lansing proudly serves the following Michigan counties:

 

Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Hillsdale, Jackson,
Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw

Livingston County Boundaries: In the State of Michigan that part of LIVINGSTON County within the Townships of Conway, Cohoctah, Deerfield, Handy, Howell, Oceola, Iosco, Mario, Genoa, the Cities of Howell and Brighton, and that part of Brighton Township described as follows: Both sides of Highway U.S. 16 beginning at the easterly city limits of the City of Brighton to the westerly side of Highway U.S. 23 as existing January 1, 1959.

 

 

It all started in 1933 with Louis, and Hi-Klas.

1912

Louis Shanker and his wife Sarah came to the United States separately from Russia and Poland before World War I. Sarah was 15 when she arrived in America, the youngest of seven children. All her siblings, as well as her parents, were later killed in a Nazi concentration camp. Louis and Sarah got married, and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. After the repeal of Prohibition, they moved to Lansing and Louis started distributing Buckeye Beer.

1933
Louis and his cousin Morris Weinstein purchase assets of Hire-Klas Bottling Co. Changed the company name to Hi-Klas Beverage Co.

1936
Louis’ son, Jack Shanker, joins the company full-time after graduating from high school.

1946
Hi-Klas Beverages finally acquires rights to bottle Dr. Pepper; sales eventually reach almost 100,000 cases annually.


1949
Jack Shanker becomes president of the company after serving in WWII, providing the second generation of Shanker leadership.


1952
Company “trades” Dr. Pepper brand for rights to bottle Canada Dry beverages. Name changed to Canada Dry Bottling Co. of Lansing.


1965
After graduating from Michigan State University, Jack's son Larry Shanker joins Canada Dry Bottling Co. full-time.


1970's
8,000 independent beverage distributors operate nationwide; more than 100 independent beverage distributors in Michigan.


1980
Faygo Beverages of Detroit added to brand portfolio.


1983
Bottling operations have ceased, distribution becomes the full-time operation. Company moves to Pierson Highway in Delta Township.


1986
Jack Shanker “officially” retires after 50 years in the soda business. During his tenure, CDBL bottled and/or distributed the following flavors: Hi-Klas Cherry Strawberry, Hi-Klas Orange, Hi-Klas Slender, Hi-Klas Sparkling Water, Bubble-Up, Dad’s Root Beer, Double Cola, Frostie Root Beer, Hubba Bubba, No-Cal Cola, No-Cal Shape-Up, and WINK to name a few.  Larry Shanker becomes president of the company that year, providing third-generation of Shanker leadership.

1993
Canada Dry Bottling Co. of Lansing named “Distributor-of-the Year” by Faygo Beverages.

1997
Randy Shanker leaves Leo Burnett Advertising Agency in Chicago and officially joins Canada Dry Bottling Co.


1998
Company celebrates 65th anniversary. Distribution operations consists of 31 full-time employees, 20 brands, and 200 products. Randy Shanker named vice president of the company, providing fourth-generation of Shanker leadership.


2004
Canada Dry Bottling Co. of Lansing named Michigan “Distributor-of-the-Year” by Jones Soda Co. of Seattle, Wash.


2008
Company celebrates 75th Anniversary. Snack foods made by Mike-Sells and On The Border added to brand portfolio. CDBL and 32 full-time employees sell and deliver more than 500 products (50 brands) to 1,000+ customers in nine counties.  Small Business Association of Michigan "Communication Transformation" finalist. Sales have tripled in the last decade under Randy's leadership.

2009
Delta Charter Township Business Partnership of the Year nominee.


2010
Delta Charter Township Business Partnership of the Year nominee.

2013
Canada Dry Bottling Co. of Lansing proudly celebrates its 80th Anniversary.