“It’s a great environment to work in. It’s a great community to raise kids in. It’s a great community to live in and also do business.” – Pete Caruso, Sr.

Black Bear Bottling Group was founded in 1961 by Phil “Papa Bear” Caruso along with his father, uncle, and two brothers. In 2003, the family-owned and -operated company made a new home in Oak Creek, and Black Bear continues to produce high quality sodas in an array of classic and creative flavors. In recent years, the Caruso family purchased a second warehouse across the street from its original bottling facility, and now has more than 130,000 sq. ft. of space in Oak Creek.

Black Bear has received an incredible amount of support from Oak Creek residents rallying behind the business. Being a community that cherishes both family and hard work, Oak Creek is thrilled to have three generations of Carusos producing gourmet soda right around the corner! Although the location of Oak Creek is key to Black Bear Soda’s success, the support of the community is what keeps the Caruso family bottling sodas enthusiastically each and every day they’re a part of our city.