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Meet the crew

Northern soda company was Formed in 2018 by a group of twin cities educators, who are passionate about [creating remarkable craft sodas—that remind customers of soda the way it used to be] + [serving our customers and our community] + [relentlessly chasing soda pop perfection] + [creating an absolutely fun, positive place for families to hang out].

Davod Zarghami


Jesse Hopkins

davod is northern soda’s sales and business operations pro. You will see him out and about—running soda all over the state of Mn. You’ll also see him (often working with his wife, Tanya) introducing customers to Northern soda at local events and festivals.

davod has vast experience in sales and customer service and is passionate about providing customers with exemplary service through building strong relationships.

“our customers definitely know they can count on us. We’re always going to go the extra mile to make sure they get the soda they want—when they need it.”

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Jesse has over 10 years experience hand-crafting soda and previously owned a craft soda company in Forest lake, mn called whistler soda.

he is passionate about re-creating soda flavors similar to those he drank as a kid, when his mom would bring home a mixed 6 pack of soda and he got to pick one per week. It was such a treat and He saved his for sunday to enjoy while watching football.

after selling Whistler (and regretting it instantly), jesse returned to his previous career as an assistant principal at a local middle school. although he loved serving students, parents, and teachers—he missed the creative outlet that crafting sodas provided him, delivering total happiness to customers, and being part of the twin cities craft beverage industry.

“There’s something so great about watching families stop by our store to mix and match sodas,” says Jesse. “its all smiles and excitement. it reminds me of being a kid—and im very grateful to be part of it!”

Jesse heads up Northern Soda’s operations and is responsible for mixing, carbonating, and canning all of northern’s sodas.

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