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Sioux City bottling company cuts jobs, selling less soda

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© Soda has been the Chesterman Company's "bread and butter" for decades. They manufacture, package, and sell too many types to mention. © Soda has been the Chesterman Company's "bread and butter" for decades. They manufacture, package, and sell too many types to mention.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Soda has been the Chesterman Company's "bread and butter" for decades. They manufacture, package, and sell too many types to mention. But, last week they had to cut five jobs.

"Tastes have changed," said Cy Chesterman, the company's president.

Chesterman says their soda sales have dropped more than 10% in recent years. In response, they've had to trim production.

"Our production hasn't been terribly efficient for several years. We've been dragging our feet, having to make this move because it's not something we want to do," said Chesterman.

Chesterman says despite soda losing some of its financial fizz, business overall isn't flat. The company's started selling more drinks they don't manufacture; teas, sports drinks, and of course bottled water.

"I would definitely say it's more than it used to be," said St. Luke's Regional Medical Center Registered Dietitian Judy Held.

Held says she's seeing more people reach for things other than soda, especially bottled water. She attributes it to bottle water's convenience and variety of flavors. Plus, she says people are being more health conscious, which she loves.

"Oh definitely. There's always room for improvement, but I think people are more aware," said Held.

For Chesterman, less soda demand is a change and the loss of the jobs is a shame. But as long as his company sells other options he says...

"Our business is doing good," said Chesterman.

An interesting fact about the Chesterman Company, it's been in Sioux City since 1885.

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