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Pepsi inventor’s children sue PepsiCo

Heirs claim they are the rightful owners of their father’s invention

The heirs of Richard Ritchie, who invented the formula for Pepsi-Cola more than 80 years ago, are suing Pepsico Inc., saying the soft drink and snack food maker has improperly interfered with their rights to their father’s invention.

Ritchie was a chemist with the Loft Candy Co. when he developed his Pepsi formula in 1931. He stayed with Pepsi when it became independent, but he later joined the beverage company Cantrell & Cochrane Co. in 1962. Ritchie retired 20 years later and died in 1985.

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