PORTLAND, Ore. -- Pacific Northwest retailers were left with partially empty beverage shelves after supplies of 7-UP and other soft drink brands were interrupted when Portland Bottling Co. here went out of business recently. The problem was especially acute in the Portland metropolitan area, where the bankrupt bottler has exclusive rights to the popular Seven Up Co. brands. Besides 7-UP, Portland Bottling handled most other soft drink brands from Dr Pepper/Seven Up and its corporate ...

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