The Evolution of Pop

Your Business magazine profiles Pop Shoppe: A vintage brand back on the scene

TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - Things Brian Alger didn't have when he bought the Pop Shoppe: staff, a headquarters or a clue as to how cutthroat the beverage business could be. Alger is a one-man operation - directing his various suppliers and partners out of a lakeside home office in Grimsby, Ontario. But thanks to a cool vintage brand and extreme outsourcing, he has successfully revived the once dormant business.

For many, Alger is bottling nostalgia by tapping into boomers' and Gen-Xers fond memories of the Pop Shoppe. And he pulled it off: Last year, he sold more than six million bottles, making it Canada's second-best-selling premium Soda. What's next? The classic conundrum Alger faces: should he grow or should he go?

Writer Joanna Pachner reveals what the future holds for the retro brand, in the summer issue of Your Business magazine available in select issues of The Globe and Mail and online on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Visit

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