In North Carolina we’ve got lots to be proud of. We are known for so many things from sports teams to tourism, BBQ, and more. Many companies call the state home with major businesses coming to the state often. But did you know that several of your favorite brands have roots in North Carolina? From soft drinks, to snack foods, to fast-food restaurants, and even pain relievers North Carolina businesses have made a lasting impact. But what are some of these companies? Read on to find out.

10 Brands You Know That Started In North Carolina

  • 1. Cheerwine

    Cheerwine was first created in 1917 by Salisbury, North Carolina by L.D. Peeler. The cherry soft drink is still going strong and celebrated its 100 year anniversary a few years ago with a festival in downtown Salisbury.

    Learn more about Cheerwine

  • 2. Mt. Olive Pickles

    Mt. Olive was founded in the town bearing the same name back in 1926, with only a 3,600 square foot building and $19,500 in capital, according to their website. Today, Mt. Olive has grown to manufacture the best selling brand of pickles in the Southeast. In fact they just announced they are building a whole new facility in North Carolina.

    Mt. Olive Pickles North Carolina

    Get more info on Mt. Olive Pickles here

  • 3. Bojangles

    The fast food chain known for it’s Cajun seasoning and Bo’berry biscuits Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits location in 1977 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Get more info about Bojangles

  • 4. Cookout

    Cookout, the fast-food chain best known for its iconic trays and numerous flavors of milkshakes originated in Greensboro in 1989.

    Get more info on Cookout here

  • 5. Krispy Kreme

    If you have spent much time in North Carolina you are sure to recognize the Hot Doughnuts Now sign. Krispy Kreme was founded by Vernon Rudolph. The chain first opened in 1937 in what is now historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

    Get more info on Krispy Kreme here


  • 6. Lance

    In 1913 Phillip Lott a food broker from Charlotte got stuck with 500 pounds of peanuts. He sold them and was then inspired to create the now popular snack company.

    Get more info on Lance Crackers here


  • 7. Pepsi

    Pepsi dates back to New Bern, NC in 1893. It was first introduced as “Brad’s Drink” named after it’s founder, with the name Pepsi-Cola and eventually just Pepsi coming later. 

    Get more info about Pepsi here

  • 8. Texas Pete

    No, Texas Pete is not from Texas. Its origins are actually in North Carolina. It was created by the Garner family in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

    Get more info on Texas Pete here

  • 9. Goody's Powder

    Goody’s was produced for many years by the Goody’s Manufacturing Company, a family-owned business founded in 1932 and based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

    Get more info on Goody’s here

  • 10. Le Bleu

    You may have drank the bottled water and if you have a water cooler at work there is a good chance it is Le Bleu. The company is based out of Greensboro.

    Get more info on Le Bleu here

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