3. It's the oldest, continuously operated, family-owned soft drink company
Carolina Beverage Corp. and Cheerwine Bottling Co. are still owned by L.D. Peeler's family. When the patriarch passed away in 1931, L.D.'s son Clifford took over the company, and, today, Cliff Ritchie, Clifford Sr.'s grandson and the founder's great-grandson, helms the soda company.